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Master's Programs

Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) will prepare you to teach in public, urban middle and high schools. TEP purposefully integrates fieldwork and coursework to investigate the profound relationship between equity, classroom teaching, and schooling; to learn how to translate subject matter into teaching and curriculum that serves all students' learning; to develop proficiency in meeting professional standards of teaching; and to develop the ability to sustain and grow your practice throughout your professional career.

If you are deeply dedicated to working directly with today's diverse adolescent population; committed to pursuing equity and excellence in diverse settings; and curious about principles and practices related to curriculum, teaching, learning, and professional growth, then join us and participate in one of today’s most critically important professions.

Lecturer Vicki Jacobs, faculty director

TEP is an intensive 11-month experience that immerses you in examining hands-on practice as well as principles of effective teaching through extensive and complementary field experiences and coursework. Every component of TEP is designed to prepare you for successfully serving diverse students who have diverse needs and attend schools in diverse settings. 

  • Fieldwork and Internships – You will complete approximately 850 hours of fieldwork, beginning with the program's Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy and continuing throughout the academic year. The program scaffolds the development of your practice and classroom leadership progressively with a variety of supports. 
  • Cohort and Community – Every TEP cohort consists of individuals who bring a rich diversity of experience and a shared commitment to teaching and educational equity. The breadth of perspectives enriches all aspects of the cohort experience and often fosters enduring professional relationships. You will also find support from the wider HGSE community through informal conversations, affinity groups, and coursework.
  • Advisory Structure – You will be matched with a field adviser who has had teaching experience in your subject matter in two ways:

Observation and Coaching at School Sites
Advisers visit their interns' school sites once a month in the fall and every other week in the spring. As your responsibilities grow and your instructional leadership deepens, advisers increase their observation and feedback in order to develop your ability to inquire into your practice and students' learning, strengthen your skill sets, and develop the habits of mind of a professional practitioner.  

Advisory Meetings  
Advisers facilitate a bi-weekly advisory meeting throughout the academic year. During advisory, you will share your experiences, collaboratively solve puzzles of practice, and discuss ideas for strengthening your teaching and students' learning in your common subject matter. You will explore issues related to educational cultures, student learning, classroom management, and reflection.  

Curriculum Information

TEP's core curriculum includes courses that address the impact of living in urban contexts on adolescent development; the dynamics of race and power in classrooms and instruction; and principles and strategies for teaching English language learners, specific subject-matter, and students with special and social-emotional needs. All required courses integrate required fieldwork to support your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. You will complete 36 total credits over the summer and academic year. 

Mid-Career Math and Science (MCMS) Strand 

This strand is designed exclusively for mid- and later-career professionals who have worked at least five years in math and/or science professions and who want to transition to teaching math or science in public middle and high schools in urban settings. You will complete licensure requirements in one of the following subjects at the following levels. 

You will complete (9 courses/36 credits) in the following categories:

  • Biology (grades 8–12)
  • Chemistry (grades 8–12)
  • General Science (grades 5–8)
  • Mathematics (grades 5–8 and/or 8–12)
  • Physics (grades 8–12)

Often, decisions to become a math or science teacher represent a significant career shift for MCMS candidates. MCMS is designed to ease the transition into school and classroom culture and scaffold understanding of the work of teaching to equip you for success in your new career as an educator.

View all courses and information on cross-registration.

The Teaching and Curriculum (TAC) Strand 

This strand is designed for recent college graduates (in the humanities, math, and sciences), for beginning professionals in math- and science-related work, and for professionals working in humanities-related professions who wish to teach in public middle and high schools in urban settings. You will complete licensure requirements in one of the following subjects at the following levels.

  • Biology (grades 8–12)
  • Chemistry (grades 8–12)
  • English (grades 5–12)
  • General Science (grades 5–8)
  • History (grades 5–12)
  • Mathematics (grades 5–8 and/or 8–12)
  • Physics (grades 8–12)

TAC applicants share a genuine commitment to teaching in public middle and high schools and a passion for working with adolescents in urban settings. They demonstrate academic excellence, have deep knowledge of their subject matter, draw on their personal experiences with adolescents and in urban settings, and are strongly committed to educational equity, diversity, and inclusion.

You will complete (9 courses/36 credits) in the following categories:

View all courses and information on cross-registration.


Fieldwork & Internships

  • During the Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy, you will join a subject-matter teaching team (composed of one or two other interns and led by an experienced mentor teacher). Under your mentor teachers' guidance, you will participate in all aspects of planning, instruction, assessment, and reflection. 
  • During the fall term, you will gradually increase classroom leadership, working with a carefully selected mentor teacher and an HGSE field adviser.  Also, you will attend a bi-weekly Advisory, which is designed to support the development of the inquiry-based skills you will need to learn from your teaching and your students’ learning and to strengthen your practice professionally and on an on-going basis. 
  • During the spring term, you will report to your school site full time, assuming instructional leadership while continuing to receive support and feedback from your mentor, HGSE field adviser, and Advisory. 


Alumni & Student Profiles

TEP graduates teach in schools throughout the United States (and some teach abroad), primarily in urban, public school settings. Over time, many have assumed teacher-leadership roles – serving as department heads, equity coordinators, content coaches, or curriculum developers. Some have assumed administrative leadership as principals, assistant principals, and house deans. TEP alumni are committed to the classroom and continue as teachers longer than the national average; if they choose to leave, they often take other positions within a school system or pursue other educational endeavors.

Melissa Mooradian

Social Justice in STEM: Melissa Mooradian, TEP'18

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for the Teacher Education Program, reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Zach Zimmerman

Putting Lessons Into Practice: Zach Zimmermann, TEP'17

Of all his experiences at HGSE, Zach Zimmermann sees one in particular as making the most lasting impression.

Connect with Admissions

More information about our admissions application requirements and instructions, tuition and financial aid, and answers to frequently asked questions is available on our website. If you have additional admissions-related questions, please contact Youlim Yai or call 617.495.3414.

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Connect with Program Staff

If you have program-specific questions, reach out to the TEP Program Administrator, Susan Kandel

Virtual Information Sessions

View the Teacher Education Program recorded virtual information session to learn more about the program from faculty, students, and staff.