Nationwide there are numerous esteemed teacher residency and corps programs which are ideal for candidates from a liberal arts background motivated to teach and/or mentor youth. These programs are interested in highly driven applicants willing to teach and/or mentor for a minimum of 8 months to 3 years or more. Below are summaries of several esteemed organizations, which are making a difference in education reform. The teacher residency programs and corps programs profiled below reflect the organizations that have been the most popular among F&M alumni. Please note this is not an exclusive listing and there are multiple alternative licensing programs available with alumni mentors. Please contact Lori Greenawalt to discuss options.
Corps members work to close the achievement gap by teaching grades pre-k through 12 in 46 urban and rural regions across the country. Alternative licensing and certification is obtained by each corps member as determined by state regulations for their region. They receive pay and benefits directly from the school district they teach for. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be willing to serve in the corps for a minimum of two years. Many regional locations offer master’s degree programs in education. Click here to read about F&M’s Teach for America placements for 2012-13.
Aspiring teachers are trained during their residency by a mentor teacher for one year and then commit to teaching for a minimum of two years in DC. While teaching, residents have the opportunity to obtain their master’s degree. KIPP DC seeks aspiring teachers interested in elementary education, special education, math or science. Salaries and benefits are competitive with DC public schools.
During the first year of MTR, residents fully participate in all aspects of Match Corps (Monday-Thursday) and receive specific teacher training (Fridays and Saturdays). Residents are also enrolled at the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. In the second year, residents leave MTR to obtain full-time teaching positions. An average teaching salary in Boston is in the mid $40,000 range.
Match Corps is a one year full-time residential program where Corps members serve as tutors, coaches, teaching assistants, and administrative assistants in Match’s public Charter schools in Boston. “Each year, half of all Corps members concurrently participate in Match Teacher Residency.”
Franklin & Marshall and the National College Advising Corps train recent college graduates from F&M and other partner institutions to work in Pennsylvania public school districts to “increase low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students entering higher education.” Advisers become aware of processes of post-secondary institutions and work with students, parents, and school administrators.
Applicants of City Year apply to one of 21 urban locations to provide academic support, encouragement, and mentorship through teamwork to “service communities where the national dropout challenge is the most concentrated.” City Year is an AmeriCorps Program, which offers a modest stipend, higher education funding, and basic health care coverage.