When applying to the program, candidates are asked to rank in their order of preference the participating universities they would like to attend as a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow. Some things to consider when choosing which university is a good fit for you:
Which areas of certification does your university of choice offer? Does the university offer a certification area that is of interest to you?
In which school districts does the university place Fellows for the clinical immersion placements? Are these close enough to where you want to be on a daily basis?
Does your university of choice work with urban or rural school districts for the clinical placement period? How important is this to where you plan to teach in the future?
What does the program look like at the university? What types of courses are offered at your university of choice?
How many days per week do Fellows spend in schools?
What kind of support does each university offer Fellows?
What is the tuition for a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the university?
How does it differ from the tuition at other partner universities or for non-Woodrow Wilson Fellows?
How many credit hours are required to complete a master's degree program? How long will it take?
After the Fellowship, what does the university do to support Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows in job placement? What is the process?
If you have special circumstances that may limit how far you can travel to complete the master's program, the application contains a section to note extenuating circumstances (Section VI), which will be taken into consideration when your application is reviewed. However, Fellows are urged to remain as open and flexible as possible about university placement.
Many teacher preparation programs are comprised of traditional university coursework, with only brief exposure to a practicum—"student teaching"—at the end of the program. The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship is designed to provide intensive classroom experience from the beginning (clinical immersion), along with content-rich courses that specifically prepare candidates to teach in their fields of expertise.
By offering clinical preparation in science and math classrooms prior to teacher certification and as part of the master's degree program, the Fellowship enables new teachers to begin their classroom careers with extensive experience in real science, technology and math classrooms.
While the program of study varies among the seventeen universities with which the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship partners, each university offers:
- A master's degree in a science or mathematics teaching area (IUPUI offers technology), redesigned in consultation with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
- A rigorous, clinically-immersive curriculum with the goal of giving Fellows the best possible preparation for advancing student learning in middle- and high-school classrooms.
Each university has a dedicated university faculty member/Program Director who oversees the teaching fellowship and works with Fellows to ensure their successful progress and growth including the development of strong relationships with colleagues in the school(s) where Fellows prepare to be teachers. The university Program Director continues to work with Fellows once they become certified teachers, earn their master's degree, and begin teaching full-time, to help them transition to the classroom and address challenges in their work.
Learn more about the university partners in each state: