Elementary Education (Teacher Fellows)
The program provides a supportive professional community for beginning teachers, or fellows, using integrated curriculum focused on principles of constructivist learning, teacher research, project-based learning, and performance assessment while immersing fellows in a Central Texas school district teaching position. Experienced teachers serve as on-site mentors and provide a variety of support.
The teacher fellows concentration specializes in the personalized induction and mentoring of new teachers.
Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
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“Teacher Fellows has been a valuable program for my development as a teacher and mentor. It has provided opportunities to network with other education professionals, and it also has given me the confidence to pursue a leadership role because of the skills and tools I acquired through the program.”
— Javier Gonzalez, M.Ed. ’14, Instructional Coach, 2017 Hays CISD Elementary Teacher of the Year
Teacher Fellows are fully certified first-year teachers who have completed all Texas certification requirements. Teacher Fellows assume full responsibility for a teacher-of-record position in a participating school district. During that year, Teacher Fellows are supported through direct involvement and supervision by both district and Texas State personnel.
The course sequence involves a total of 36 hours, including 12 electives. Courses include elementary teaching strategies, research in human growth and development, classroom management and legal issues, action research for practitioners, and principles and practices in the elementary school.
|Degree||Hours||Thesis Option||Minor Option|
|M.Ed.||36||Non-Thesis||Elementary Education – Teacher Fellows Methods & Materials required|
Teacher Fellows receive a $19,200 stipend in lieu of a district salary. The program also covers all tuition and fees for the 36 credit hours taken during the 15-month program.
The goals of the teacher fellows program address the needs of beginning teachers, experienced teachers, the university, and the participating school district. The goals include:
- supporting classroom-based inquiry focused on improved teaching and learning
- providing continuous professional learning opportunities for beginning teachers, mentors, and university faculty
- building collaboration between the school district and university to bridge the gap between theory and practice
- deepening the knowledge and skills of beginning teachers through advanced course work and on-site mentoring support to improve expertise and increase retention
- assisting beginning teachers in creating environments promoting student learning and positive social interactions
As on-site mentors, experienced teachers provide the novice teachers with many types of support:
- information about procedures
- guidelines and expectations of the district
- use and availability of materials and resources
- teaching and assessment strategies
- classroom organization and management and methods for working with family and community members
Since 1994, approximately 400 new teachers have participated in the program. Participating school districts include Hays CISD, Leander ISD, and Round Rock ISD.
|Fall||No Admission||No Admission|
|Spring||No Admission||No Admission|
|Summer I||April 1||March 15|
|Summer II||No Admission||No Admission|
The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.
Transcripts & GPA
- baccalaureate degree in elementary education from a regionally accredited university
- a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
- minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.
- GRE not required
- background inquiry release
- statement of purpose (2-3 pages, double-spaced, computer-generated) addressing the following:
- prior teaching experiences
- rationale for pursuing graduate study in the teacher fellows program
- strengths and weaknesses with respect to being admitted into this program
- three forms of recommendation
- valid Texas teaching license/certificate prior to beginning course work (if admitted)
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TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.
- official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
- official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
- official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
- minimum individual module scores of 6.0
This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
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