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Inclusive Childhood Teaching Fellows

Up to nine full-time students in the graduate inclusive childhood education professional program will be selected to be teaching fellows this year, through a highly competitive process. Each fellow receives a six-credit graduate assistantship during the fall and the spring semesters, saving a third of the total tuition cost. Being a fellow is a commitment that begins summer session I 2015 and continues through summer session II 2016. (Discontinuing the fellowship may result in owing a refund for your graduate assistantship). Fellows take some coursework in a hybrid format (partially online) to allow maximum time in the schools.

What fellows do: Spend about two days a week working in a public school in Rochester, Penfield, Rush-Henrietta, or Canandaigua beginning in the summer. There, you’ll support school-based initiatives, children, and their learning. You can integrate your own inquiry interests.

When: Apply by March 15, 2015 to begin the fellowship in summer session I 2015. Fellows also take two graduate program courses during Summer I and attend fellows orientation sessions (including instruction on the technology for hybrid learning at Nazareth).

Applications received after that date will be reviewed subject to fellowship availability.

Criteria for selection

  • Excellence or exceptional progress during student teaching
  • Taking initiative in and outside of student teaching
  • Caring and professional disposition
  • Able to connect theory and practice 
  • Undergraduate academic performance 
  • Demonstrate exemplary knowledge to be a successful educator, including designing and implementing effective instruction for diverse learners in various settings and reflecting critically on your practice and the profession

Other requirements: Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 with grades of B- or above in all courses. Perform successfully in public school settings. On the application, select a preference for a three-course (9-credit) concentration in Gifted and Talented Education (leading to an extension in certification) or in Severe and Multiple Disabilities (leading to an annotation in certification).

How to apply to be a teaching fellow:  

  1. Complete the standard inclusive childhood education graduate admissions process.
  2. Complete the addendum application for the Teaching Fellows Program, including essays, and submit as indicated on the addendum application.
  3. Provide a copy of your student teaching evaluation.
  4. Be prepared for an interview with program faculty, if needed.

For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Contopidis, director of Inclusive Childhood Education and coordinator of Teaching Fellows, 585-389-2916 or

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