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All year long, teachers stock up on everything from pencils to markers for their classrooms. And while the summer time is a nice break from the classroom, it’s actually when the teacher deals heat up — with Target teacher discounts, Prime Day teacher deals, and Target school supplies under a dollar. But don’t sweat it if you missed those: Target just announced that the popular Teacher Prep Event is back again this year starting July 16, 2023.

So what’s being offered during Target’s Teacher Prep Event? Target is offering teachers nationwide a 15% off Target Circle coupon. In previous years, this offer was valid on select classroom supplies, from pens, pencils, crayons, and markers, to classroom storage and organization, tissues, hand sanitizer, and more. It’s one of the best sales we’ve seen for back to school shopping. Here’s everything we know about the Target Teacher discount and Teacher Prep Event, including when it’s happening, how to sign up, and how much teachers get off at Target.

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When is the Target Teacher Prep Event?

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This year, the Target Teacher Prep Event will start July 16, 2023. Last year it ran for eight weeks. We expect it to be that long again this year, making the event’s end date, Sept. 9, 2023.


How much is the Target Teacher Discount?

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Eligible teachers can save 15% off with a Target Circle coupon. This coupon is valid only during the Teacher Prep Event. The coupon is only valid for onetime use but can be used online OR in store. You won’t be able to use the coupon online AND in store.

Consider stacking your 15% off coupon with your state’s tax free weekend for that little extra savings. Got extra Target gift cards laying around? You can use those too!

You can also stack the teacher discount with your typical 5% off Target Red Card Reward for even more savings.


How do you get a teacher discount at Target?

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Eligible teachers will receive a 15% off coupon through their Target Circle account. You can sign up for Target Circle online or by clicking the account tab inside the Target App.

Eligible teachers include:

All K – 12 teachers, homeschool teachers, teachers working at daycare centers and early childhood learning centers, university or college professors, and vocational/trade/technical school teachers with valid identification are eligible.

Here’s how to verify your teacher status:

1. Verify your teacher status here.

2. Once you’re verified, save your teacher savings Circle offer.

3. Your discount will automatically apply at checkout on Target.com or in your Target wallet in store.

NOTE: If you’re not ready to use your coupon, be sure to uncheck it from your Target wallet. You don’t want to waste a good 15% off coupon on a small transaction.

TIP: If you’re a new teacher and don’t have your credentials yet, you can use another form of verification like an official document from your place of employment.



What is the Target Teacher Circle offer valid on?

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In years past, the coupon was valid on almost anything in Target. There are select brands that you can guarantee to be excluded from almost every Circle offer.

Previously, the coupon couldn’t be combined with any other category coupon. Items that were excluded include electronics, backpacks, lunch bags, trial- and travel-size items, swim, sleepwear, Fan Central, clearance, and items sold and shipped by Target+TM Partners and Levi’s Red Tab.


Pair your Target teacher coupon & your Target RedCard with supplies already on sale.

A Target shopping cart basket filled with school supplies such as Crayola markers, Elmer's glue, and Up&Up brand pencils, notebooks, and index cards.

Target offers a ton of teacher supplies and classroom decorations. Maximize your savings by pairing your couponing with supplies already on sale. And don’t forget to use your Target Red Card.

Are you a college student? You can save even more!

During this event, verified college students can get a 20% off one purchase Target Circle offers. Similar to how the teachers verify, you’ll do the same to verify your college student status.

Target Teacher Discount Starts July 16 — Here's How to Save Big