CETE Graduate Programs
Harvard University * Mount Holyoke College * Smith College * Philadelphia Teacher Residency *
Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) is a master’s program in education that recruits, prepares, and supports talented, committed individuals to teach in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). A unique four-year program, BTR develops and sustains teachers particularly in the areas of highest need for the BPS: teachers of color and teachers of math, science, special education, and English as a Second Language (ESL). After an intensive two-month summer institute, BTR’s Teacher Residents spend the entire academic year in a BPS classroom, where they work under the close guidance of an experienced mentor teacher while taking classes both in the evening and on Fridays. At the end of the year, they earn a Massachusetts Initial Teacher License, a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and credit toward dual licensure in special education or ESL (which they complete the following year). Residents automatically receive a $10,000 loan that covers the cost of the program, and BTR provides an $11,400 stipend and eligibility for health care benefits. Residents agree to teach in the BPS for three years upon graduation; for each year they teach in a BPS classroom, BTR forgives one-third of their initial $10,000 loan, and continues to provide structured induction support to help them develop from novice teachers to effective instructors and leaders in their schools.
The Brown University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is a 12-month (June to May) graduate program for students wishing to pursue careers as teachers. Leading to teacher certification in elementary (grades 1-6) or secondary English, History/Social Studies, or Biology/Science (grades 7-12) education, the program combines practice and theory through coursework and student teaching placements. Multiple student teaching placements provide a variety of learning contexts for each MAT student. The program is intentionally small in size, ensuring that students receive personal guidance from professors and mentor teachers. Financial aid is available in the form of tuition scholarships and is awarded on the basis of financial need, past performance and evidence of potential success in the program. The strongest applicants may apply to the Urban Education Fellows program, which provides tuition forgiveness in exchange for a commitment to teach in Providence-area urban public schools for three years following graduation.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) at Mount Holyoke College is an accelerated coed teacher education program for aspiring middle and secondary school teachers.
Mount Holyoke’s flexible, 11-month M.A.T. includes a unique collaboration with Expeditionary Learning, a spring teaching practicum in an innovative school, personalized advising, and initial teacher licensure in 19 subject areas.
Mount Holyoke's M.A.T. is the only graduate teaching program in the country created and developed in collaboration with Expeditionary Learning (EL), a nonprofit educational organization that is transforming schools across the country. EL’s innovative teaching model is built around student-centered “learning expeditions” that challenge students to think critically and to take active roles in their classrooms and communities. After visiting an EL school in Washington, D.C., President Obama said, "This kind of innovative school . . . is an example of how all our schools should be.”
The Master of Arts in teaching (M.A.T.) at Smith College is designed for students who are planning to teach in elementary, middle, or high schools, and those wishing to do advanced study in the field of education.
The Brandeis Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is a full-time, 12-month graduate program for students with strong liberal arts backgrounds, including recent college graduates, career-changers and others with significant life experience, to become highly qualified, licensed classroom teachers. The program combines two summers of study on the Brandeis campus with a nine-month internship in a public elementary or secondary (middle or high) school or a Jewish day school, in the Boston area. The MAT program leads to the initial license to teach in Massachusetts, which has reciprocity with 44 other states and the District of Columbia. Candidates for the MAT degree are expected to satisfy all of the requirements for initial teaching license in their field, including the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Prospective MAT students interested in teaching at the elementary level may choose to apply to either the concentration in Public Education at the Elementary Level or the Jewish Day School/DeLet concentration. Students interested in teaching in middle schools or high schools (secondary) may choose to apply to the Secondary concentration in a specified teaching field (currently: English, history, biology, chemistry, physics or Bible/Tanakh).
The Harvard Teacher education Program (TEP) helps candidates understand the diverse and unique challenges of today's urban classrooms and prepares them to assume new leadership roles within our schools. The work of the Harvard Teacher Education Program is guided by the overarching question, "What does it mean to be an effective educator of urban youth?" The Program's six standards provide candidates with a framework for 11-month, intensive study of this question.
TEP is composed of two graduate programs. The MidCareer Math and Science (MCMS) program prepares math and science professionals (with at least five years of work experience) who want to become middle-school or secondary math, biology, chemistry, general science (middle-school-level only) or physics teachers. The Teaching and Curriculum (TAC) program prepares candidates to teach humanities (English and history) as well as more recent college graduates who would like to teach math or the sciences.
The centerpiece of the Program is extensive fieldwork in urban middle- and high-school classrooms. TEP candidates begin their fieldwork by team-teaching during the Summer Component at the Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy, under the direction of a carefully chosen mentor. During the fall, interns spend increasing time observing and teaching in Cambridge and Boston schools under the mentorship of experienced teachers. Fieldwork culminates during the spring term with a full-time, 13-week practicum. Candidates receive additional support through a unique Advisory structure, designed to bridge theory and practice and deepen Interns’ reflective abilities.
TEP coursework is designed to complement candidates’ fieldwork. Candidates enroll in courses focused on
In addition, TEP candidates enroll in three electives (one related to the subject-matter they will teach, one from a list of recommended courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and one “free” elective which candidates can take from any of the graduate faculties affiliated with Harvard University).
For additional information about TEP, interested applicants should visit the Program website (www.gse.harvard.edu/tep) and/or contact Susan Kandel, TEP Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org; 617-495-8854).
The Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) program is a unique teacher preparation program to prepare science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] recent graduates and professionals to teach math and science in Philadelphia schools. Prior to the academic year, Residents spend 2 months taking graduate level courses at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (UPenn GSE) and volunteering in youth-serving organizations within Philadelphia communities. Subsequently, for an entire high school calendar year, program participants (Residents) learn at-the-elbow of experienced teachers in their high school classrooms. At the same time, Residents continue coursework to earn both a Master's Degree as well as Pennsylvania teacher certification. After the Residency-year of preparation, graduated Residents teach in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for at least three years. During this time, PTR provides ongoing professional development activities.
For more information:
Liz Palmer, Recruitment Manager
Diana Campbell, Director