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Master's Degree Program

Fieldwork Models and Fellowships

Differentiated Fieldwork Model

The Teaching and Teacher Leadership (TTL) differentiated fieldwork models place licensure candidates in schools based on their readiness to take on teaching responsibilities. There are two fieldwork models: residency and internship. 

Residency Track

Internship Track

 
  • Full immersion in the classroom as .5 FTE teacher of record starting September 1 of the year following application 
This model is a good fit for applicants who…. 
  • Are prepared to be teacher of record for ~50 students on September 1  
  • Have prior teaching experience and/or experience working with children in group settings   
  • Are ready to take on both a half-time teaching load and coursework at the same time  
  • Are ready to learn from a wide range of situations and individuals -- from mentor teachers, school leaders, instructional coaches, students and families as well as from course instructors. 
  • Teaching responsibilities ramp up gradually throughout the year  
This model is a good fit for applicants who…. 
  • Desire a more gradual entry into teaching  
  • Have less prior experience with children  
  • Want preparation for teaching with more focused responsibilities  
  • Want opportunities for more concentrated and intentional learning  
  • Want more opportunities to spend time on campus and participate in HGSE co-curricular experiences.  
     

Residency Model

The residency model is a year-long fieldwork experience that places licensure candidates as a 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) teacher in Boston-area schools, with attendant half-time salary and benefits as per district or school policies. Residents assume teaching responsibilities the September following their acceptance to TTL and are fully immersed in their school. Placement in schools is contingent upon successful completion of preparation activities beginning the previous January and continuing through the summer prior to teaching. Applicants for the residency model must demonstrate their readiness for leading a classroom in our partner urban schools through a clear commitment to teaching, deep subject matter knowledge in the subject they intend to teach, and substantial experiences working with students in traditional and/or nontraditional settings. To allow for placement and preparation of residency candidates, applications to the residency model are due November 14, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET). Applicants who are admitted to the residency model will be notified by the end of December. 

Residency Fellowship

All applicants accepted into the TTL residency model will be considered for a Residency Fellowship.The fellowship includes funding support to help cover tuition, fees, and a living stipend. 

Internship Model

The internship model is a gradual-release learning experience that ramps up responsibility in schools and the classroom throughout the school year. The internship model starts in the summer with experiences meant to lead to learning about school communities, observing teaching, and working with individual and small groups of students. In the spring, the licensure candidate will take over one of their mentor’s classes as the lead instructor responsible for planning, delivering instruction and supporting whole groups of students. 

Internship Fellowship

The Internship Fellowship is awarded to top candidates accepted into the TTL internship model. The fellowship covers partial to full tuition, fees, and may also include a living stipend. Similar to the Residency Fellowship, top candidates differentiate themselves from others through their subject matter knowledge, commitment to education and teaching, and experience working with youth.

Criteria for Fellowships

Candidates considered for the Residency and Internship Fellowships must demonstrate the following:

  • Passion for working with communities TTL serves and commitment to a career in teaching as demonstrated by experiences working with youth in traditional and nontraditional settings and prior coursework in education
  • Professionalism demonstrated by ability to communicate, organize, and manage responsibilities
  • Resilience demonstrated by ability to overcome challenges and respond to feedback and setbacks
  • Content knowledge demonstrated by course work and experiences that illustrate a depth of understanding of subject area intended to teach (Subject Matter Knowledge requirements for licensure)
  • Cohort contribution demonstrated by unique experience and perspectives that diversify the cohort and demonstrate an ability to collaborate and work with others
  • Leadership demonstrated through experience, maturity, and potential to lead a classroom

Q&A

Q: Why the early application deadline for the TTL residency model? 
A: The early application deadline is necessary so that we have the time to identify our residency model teaching licensure candidates and have them ready to start teaching in our partner schools in September. The timeline aligns with when our partner schools post open positions and, working with TTL’s Fieldwork Administrator, the time needed to facilitate the 0.5 FTE hiring process in the spring.

Q: What if I apply early and am not selected for the TTL residency model?
A: Immediately following the November 14, 2021 deadline, we will begin the review process for all residency model applicants with decisions being communicated by the end of December. Any applicant not selected for the residency model will automatically be considered during the regular cycle for admission into the internship model of TTL, and for an internship fellowship. Internship model and fellowship decisions, as well as decisions for all TTL applicants not seeking licensure, will be communicated by the end of March. 

Q. What is the right licensure track for me?    
A. Please see the chart above. Note that both licensure tracks are eligible for fellowships.  

Q. When will the TTL summer orientation and coursework for AY22-23 take place?  
A.  The required How People Learn (4 credit) course, which begins in June, is an online course with asynchronous sessions plus a live synchronous section once a week. TTL Orientation will take place in person starting Friday, July 1st, 2022. 

Q. When is the spring core experience? 
A. The spring core experience will take place virtually in the spring of 2022. Virtual meetings will take place in the evenings to accommodate work schedules.   

Q.  Are there opportunities to learn more about TTL? 
A. If you would like to discuss any questions, please schedule office hours with a TTL team member.  

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