Invaluable Field Experience

The K-12 Teacher Education Fellowship links graduate study with a year-long clinical residency in a PreK-12 partner school.

Tuition-Free Teacher Education Fellowship

As a K-12 teacher fellow, you’ll work in a school district for a full academic year, gaining unparalleled and invaluable field experience. You’ll engage in a range of classroom-based activities, including small group instruction, co-teaching, and ultimately, independent classroom instruction. Fellows graduate in one year, tuition-free and earn a Master of Education in Teacher Education.

Important Dates for the 2022-2023 Teacher Education Fellowship Program

Applications for 2022-2023 fellowships are now being reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Submit your application now for your best chance at a preferred placement!

  • Program and Site Interviews (virtual): underway
  • Spring Orientation (virtual): April 2022
  • Summer Orientation: August 2022
  • Courses Begin (on-campus): Summer I session; May 2022
  • Fellowship Placement Begins: late August 2022 to late June 2023

Program Format

Teacher Education Fellows take summer courses to prepare for their residency and then transition to evening classes while participating in their classrooms. After completing their coursework, residency, and a portfolio project, Teacher Education Fellows graduate with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teacher Education and licensure in their area of specialization.

  • Elementary (1-6)
  • Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)
  • English as a Second Language (PreK-6)
  • Middle School (5-8) and High School (8-12)

Where You’ll Get Your Professional Experience

Fellows participate in a residency with community partner organizations, including:

  • Andover Public Schools
  • Ayer-Shirley Regional School District
  • Beverly Public Schools
  • Community Day Charter School, Lawrence
  • Haverhill Public Schools
  • Lawrence Family Development Charter School
  • Lynnfield Public Schools
  • Newburyport Public Schools
  • North Andover Public Schools
  • St. Augustine School, Andover

Example Fellowship Position

Teacher Education Fellow

Location: Varies

Various locations in central and northeast Massachusetts

Position Description

Students complete several core courses and choose one of five concentrations, including Elementary (1-6), Moderate Disabilities (Prek-8), English as a Second Language (Prek-6) and Middle (5-8) and High School Education (8-12). The residency allows Fellows to engage in a range of classroom-based activities such as small-group instruction, co-teaching, and ultimately, independent classroom instruction. Fellows complete their coursework and residency while demonstrating their proficiency with the Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs). Education students walk at graduation in May, but must complete their residency at each site (usually by the end of June) before they can be endorsed for licensure by Merrimack to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The actual work that students complete at their fellowship sites will vary depending on their site and placement. All students will be engaged in the gradual increase of responsibility from classroom instruction that includes modeling from their supervising practitioner, shared and guided teaching with their supervising practitioner, to full independent responsibility for classroom instruction. It is important for fellows to become part of the community and culture of their school and to receive extensive supervision and mentoring. Fellows will also be assigned a Merrimack supervisor to support them in the field.

Position Responsibilities

  • Fellows work the same hours/days as professional teachers
  • Fellows are required to adhere to all site policies and procedures
  • Fellows receive academic credit for the fellowship experience and must attend seminar class in both semesters and complete all the assignments.
  • Fellows are required to document their hours for their area of licensure.
  • Fellows & Program Supervisors & Supervising Practitioners are required to meet to discuss observations and student progress
  • Fellows who are seeking initial licensure must complete three, 3-way conferences during the year based on the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP).

Additional Requirements/Qualifications

  • Able to attend graduate courses on-campus from May 2022-June 2023. Graduate courses are held late afternoon/evening.
  • Adhere to the academic calendar for both Merrimack College and their school district.
  • Must have reliable transportation for travel between the fellowship site and Merrimack (for classes)

Dean and Alumni Scholarships

Dean and Alumni Scholarships are available to students who are not receiving a fellowship. No additional application is needed.

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