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:
- Complete the standard inclusive childhood education graduate admissions process.
- Complete the addendum application for the Teaching Fellows Program, including essays, and submit as indicated on the addendum application.
- Provide a copy of your student teaching evaluation.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.