Quick start - Microsoft Teams for Education admins

Microsoft Teams lets you create collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and communicate with school staff and students all from a single experience in Office 365 Education.

This guide is for IT admins in education who haven't yet deployed Teams. It will help you understand:

  • How to enable Teams for your school
  • What kind of controls are available to manage Teams within your school
  • Partner services through references to external documentation

The guide is designed to get you started quickly with configuration recommendations specific to Teams in schools. It's not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it should be a good starting point. Check out our comprehensive Teams documentation, starting with Overview of Teams.

If you've already deployed Teams (as a pilot or full deployment) and are looking for pointers on how to use Teams, see Microsoft Teams for Education.

Before you begin

  1. Check your environment’s readiness for Teams
  2. Consider deploying School Data Sync to make it easier for teachers to automatically create Teams.
  3. Configure the correct ports and protocols for Teams. See Office 365 URLs and IP address ranges.
  4. Prepare your school's network for Teams
  5. Teams for Education offers three new types of teams (for a total of four). To understand the differences and use cases of each, see Choose a team type to collaborate in Teams.