As I was completing my Masters in Teaching seven years ago, I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a scholarship that paid for a significant portion of my graduate school tuition. In exchange, I was to serve as a math or science teacher in a public school for five years. Although there are programs similar to this in many states, those living in Indiana, Michigan, or Ohio have the opportunity to earn $30,000 towards a graduate degree through the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.
When I first started teaching, I worked in a private school (Roycemore School) since I was not certified though had a strong background in Chemistry. My first five years of teaching at Roycemore were invaluable to me, as they solidified my love for teaching, and thoroughly prepared me for my future teaching career at ETHS. Similarly for career changers, I'd recommend getting your feet wet by volunteering, substitute teaching or working during summer school if possible. For those looking for other opportunities involving highly rigorous training, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seems to fit the bill. From this author's point of view, the program appears to be a well funded, organized, and rewarding initiative that those in the aforementioned states should seriously consider.
From the program:
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship provides recent college graduates and career changers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or math) with a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master’s degree program at one of fourteen participating universities.
Competitive candidates will:
- Have completed an undergraduate degree in a STEM field by June 2011.
- Have graduated with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals.
- Complete a field-based master’s degree in teacher education.
- Commit to teach for at least three years in a high-need school.
- Receive intensive support and mentoring in the classroom.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships seeks to recruit, prepare and retain effective teachers for the students and schools who need them most.
For more information or to fill out an application, please visit: www.wwteachingfellowship.org
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