A Note on Teacher Immersion Programs

These programs offer a wonderful opportunity to gain provisional teacher certification and valuable classtime/leadership experience, and they can be immensely rewarding.  With any such program, however, it is strongly recommended that prospective applicants press the particular organizations for specific information regarding the ongoing support resources to allow for the most productive personal and professional transition possible.

Teach for America is comprised of a summer of training followed by 2 years of teaching in public schools.  The Career Center has applications available.

180 Days in Springfield is a collaboration between the UMass Amherst and Springfield, Mass., public schools. The intensive, year-long, urban school-based teacher education program leads to a Master of Education degree and Massachusetts secondary teacher certification. The program features two semesters of integrated teaching and graduate study in a Springfield public middle or high school. Candidates may take additional summer coursework to complete the M.Ed. Participants earn Provisional Certification with Advanced Standing in their subject field at the middle or high school level, become eligible for Inter-State Compact Certification reciprocity, and meet requirements for the M.Ed. 

Project Pipeline is similar to Teach for America and works in communities in Northern California.  They have recruited on-campus before.

UMass Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) , part of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Teacher Collaborative (STEMTEC). For graduates, seniors, and juniors who want to teach science or math in middle or high school, and who want to begin a certification program this summer and finish at the close of the fall semester.

The Springfield College S.A.G.E. AmeriCorps Program, one year of community service during your first year of graduate study in Springfield, MA alternative public schools. Earn credits toward an MEd from Springfield. Participants are eligible for scholarship funds, a federal education grant, a living stipend, and health insurance. No web site; contact Veatrice Carabine at (413) 748-3607 for info.

The NYC Teaching Fellows is ready for you. As an alternate route to teaching, the Fellowship focuses on recruiting and training talented individuals who have no previous teaching experience or educational coursework. Visit their extensive website for more information and to learn about how to apply.

The New Teachers Collaborative is school based teacher education program offering a year long path to teacher certification in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Participants join the faculty of a small public secondary school for two summer sessions and an academic year, and receive both coaching and mentorship training. A $15,000 stipend is provided in addition to essential benefits.

DC Teaching Fellows DC Mayor Anthony Williams and the DC Public Schools are calling on one hundred of the nation's most outstanding professionals to become DC Teaching Fellows and commit at least two years to teaching in DC Public Schools. They want you--professionals from a variety of careers--to bring your experiences, knowledge, and record of achievement to the classroom and positively impact the lives of our students.

When you become a DC Teaching Fellow, you become part of a powerful network of other Fellows and talented educators who are making systematic improvements in our city's schools. As a Fellow, you will be trained at a comprehensive instructional summer institute and provided with a support network to ensure your success in the classroom. You will also receive a special education signing bonus and financial incentives toward your teaching certification and/or Master's degree.

The Philadelphia Teaching Fellows is a unique recruitment initiative to recruit and train high quality individuals to become teachers in the School District of Philadelphia. Applications accepted immediately.

CUNY's Teaching Opportunity Program (TOP) for prospective math and science teachers offers a summer training session after graduation, guaranteed job placement in NYC, and a master's degree. Scholarships are merit-based and require two years' commitment to teaching in NYC after completion of the master's.

Boston Teacher Residency
BTR is a one-year urban teacher preparation program developed as part of Boston's aggressive commitment to improving instruction in every classroom. During the 12-month program, Teacher Residents co-teach with a Master Teacher in one of Boston's best public schools, take coursework facilitated by exceptional teachers and university faculty, and receive $10,000 during their year of service to a school. Teacher Residents earn a Massachusetts Initial Teacher License, dual certification in special education, and a Master's degree in education.

The Inner-City Teaching Corps (ICTC) is a religiously-affiliated volunteer program in Chicago.  Teacher certification can be attained through this program and afterwards teachers can arrange to work with the same students in public schools. 

City on a Hill Charter School, an innovative urban public school in Boston, runs an urban teaching fellowhip program to sustain and train urban public high school teachers.

Baltimore's Urban Teacher Education (UTE) Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County offers two routes to certification and an M.A. in 22 months for provisionally certified teachers or 13 months plus a year of apprenticeship with expert teachers. To recruit the highest caliber of teacher candidates, UTE offers tuition scholarships and assistantships.

Teach Next Year is a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Boston and Dorchester High School. Participants complete graduate coursework while teaching at Dorchester High, and after completing the Massachusetts Educator Test, earn provisional certification with advanced standing and meet the requirements for an M.Ed. Contact the Grad. College of Ed. at UMass Boston: 617-287-6400

Student Conservation Association, part of Massachusetts Forest and Parks AmeriCorps, offers 10-month Conservation Internships allowing students to teach environmental education part-time in twelve local public schools while working in and around the field of conservation. Students will develop and teach lessons as well as fill in other roles at the school, such as tutoring and coaching. Stipend is $50/week, but the program gives complete room and board, plus an education award of $4725. Call 413-339-6631.

The Citizen Schools Teaching Fellowship , an AmeriCorps program, is a two-year professional development program for individuals with great leadership potential interested in gaining outstanding training and front line experience as out-of-school time educators and community organizers. The Fellowship is paid, with full health benefits, and offers the opportunity to work in a highly collegial and entrepreneurial environment at a nationally recognized leader in the exploding out-of-school time field. Visit their website for more information on the program and application process.

The Massachusetts Institute for New Teachers (MINT) is an intensive teacher preparation program that provides a unique opportunity for the most qualified and motivated recent college graduates and mid-career professionals to make an immediate impact in the classrooms where they are most needed. MINT participants earn their Massachusetts teaching credentials - an Initial (stage 2) license - through an intensive summer training institute, followed by an on-going support and assessment program during their first year as a teacher of record in a public school. Visit their website for more information of eligibility and the application process.

The Mississippi Teacher Corps is a two-year program that recruits college graduates to teach in the Mississippi Delta. The program is designed for non-education majors and offers a host of benefits, including teacher training and certification, a full scholarship for a master's degree in education, job placement that includes full pay and benefits and, most importantly, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in one of the poorest areas of the country.

The Boettcher Teachers Program, is an intensive, field-based, dual
licensure and master's degree program designed to recruit, prepare,
and retain outstanding teachers for urban schools. Participants earn their teaching license and master's degree in urban education from the University of Denver mostly paid for in exchange for a commitment to teach in partner districts' high priority schools for a total of five years, including the teaching residency year. Multi-year mentoring and coaching support is provided. Other benefits
include a living stipend during the teaching residency year, ongoing
collaboration through a network of urban teachers, and facilitated
visits to classrooms of master teachers around the Denver metro area.
No previous teaching experience is required. Spanish speakers are
especially encouraged to apply.

Teach Kentucky is a unique alumni-sponsored teacher recruitment program designed for non-certified college graduates to serve in the Greater Louisville, Kentucky area. We recruit graduates from highly selective institutions for specific content areas, such as math, science, or special education. We also focus on recruiting minority candidates. Teach Kentucky is sponsored by local alumni from 13 distinguished institutions and influential civic leaders. The program offers salary, benefits, tuition reimbursement, and relocation incentive.

Oakland Teaching Fellows seeks outstanding professionals and graduates to become part of this highly-selective program to teach where they are most needed. This program is designed to attract only the most outstanding individuals to increase the academic achievement of students by becoming teachers in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).

Miami Teaching Fellows: as a Miami Teaching Fellow, you will pursue your teaching credential through a M-DCPS-sponsored, no-cost, alternate-route certification program, attend training at a comprehensive summer institute prior to teaching, get paid a full teacher’s salary with complete benefits, and have access to additional incentives for new teachers.

Our program is committed to providing Miami-Dade County with a new group of teachers who will work tirelessly to increase student achievement and to help our children to find academic success throughout their educational careers. For the 2009-2010 cohort, applicants must be interested and/or qualified to teach English, math, science, exceptional student education, or elementary education.