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Teacher Fellows Program

Welcome

 

The Texas State University-San Marcos Teacher Fellows Program specializes in personalized induction and mentoring of new teachers. Each beginning teacher is immersed in teaching in a central Texas participating school district while completing an M.Ed. in elementary education. The program provides an integrated curriculum focused on principles of constructivist learning, teacher research, project-based learning, and performance assessment.

 

Mission Statement

 

The purpose of the Teacher Fellows Program is to provide a supportive professional community for beginning teachers. Through school/university partnerships, the program facilitates on-going professional development for new and experienced teachers that results in effective teaching and enhanced student learning.

 

Program Goals

 

The goals of the Teacher Fellows Program address the needs of the beginning teacher, the experienced teacher, the university and the participating school district.  The goals include the following:

  • Support classroom-based inquiry focused on improved teaching and learning.
  • Provide continuous professional learning opportunities for beginning teachers, mentors, and university faculty.
  • Build collaboration between school district and university to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
  • Deepen the knowledge and skills of beginning teachers through advanced coursework and on-site mentoring support to improve teaching expertise and increase retention in the profession.
  • Assist beginning teachers in creating environments that promote student learning and positive social interactions.

 

Program Description

 

Teacher Fellows is a collaborative induction program between Texas State University-San Marcos and several Central Texas school districts. It addresses first-year teacher needs based on an exchange of resources between the university and the participating school districts.

 

Through the program, Teacher Fellows earn their M.Ed. while also serving as the fully certified teacher- of-record in participating school districts. In exchange, experienced teachers (thus called Exchange Teachers) from these districts are released from classroom assignments to serve as on-site mentors to the Fellows during their first year.

 

The cohort approach of the Fellows program builds on shared experiences and the expertise of a seasoned teacher. These Exchange Teachers, who are released from classroom teaching duties for a period of two to three years, provide intensive on-site induction and mentoring support for the Teacher Fellows. As on-site mentors, they provide the novice teachers many types of support such as: 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, more than 300 beginning teachers have completed the program.  Participating school districts currently include:  Hays CISD, Leander ISD, and Round Rock ISD.

Program Benefits

This nontraditional program is open to Pre K-Grade 6 beginning teachers. A cohort approach, which includes a full-time master teacher mentor per three beginning teachers/graduate students, builds on the shared experience and expertise of seasoned faculty. Additional benefits include: 

  • Six semesters tuition & fees paid (36 semester credit hours)
  • Fellowship stipend (currently $18,000)
  • Opportunity for Texas State health insurance through Student Health Center
  • Ongoing intensive on-site induction support from Faculty Exchange Teachers
  • Peer support of Teacher Fellows cohort
  • Opportunity to increase and refine teaching skills with academic support through graduate classes

 

Program Qualifications

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 majority of Teacher Fellows are recruited from the student teachers in Texas State’s undergraduate programs, although graduates from other institutions are eligible.

 

Interested students submit applications, which are screened on the basis of academic, instructional, organizational, managerial, and interpersonal capabilities, as well as on the basis of commitment to teaching and professional growth and development. Individuals applying to the Teacher Fellows program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree in elementary education from an accredited college or university
  • Passed all Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) by date of interviews
  • Valid Texas teaching license/certificate
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Admission to Texas State Graduate College

Course Sequence 

Summer I

CI 5313: Human Growth & Development

CI 5370: Classroom Mgt. & Legal Issues

 

Summer II

CI 5326: Elementary Curriculum

CI 5375: Integrating Technology in Elementary Curriculum

 

Fall

CI 5390: Research Seminar

CI 5317: Advanced Curriculum Leadership

 

Spring

CI 5389 Action Research for Practitioners

CI 5327: Principles and Practices of Elementary School Teaching

 

Second Summer I & II

12 hrs of electives


Application Information & Deadlines

Please carefully review the information located at  http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/programs/teacher-fellows.html for all application information & deadlines, then note the additional instructions below.

Instructions for Resume:

Note: The resume is very important.  Be sure that your resume is very professional looking and contains no spelling or grammatical errors.

  1. Prepare your resume
  2. Proofread your resume and make any corrections needed
  3. Upload your resume to the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (https://tim.txstate.edu/gadocumentupload)

Instructions for Teacher Fellows Background Inquiry Release Form:

  1. Download the Teacher Fellows Background Inquiry Release form
  2. Complete and sign the form
  3. Upload the Background Inquiry Release form to the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (https://tim.txstate.edu/gadocumentupload)

Teacher Fellows Information Form

Please complete the Teacher Fellows Information form so that our office is aware that you intend to apply to the Teacher Fellows Program.

Click here to complete the Teacher Fellows Information Form

 


In order to be considered for admission to the Teacher Fellows Program your application to the Graduate College and all required documents (resume, reference forms, statement of purpose, and background check) must be received on or before April 1, 2017 (NOTE: The deadline has been extended to April 10 for U.S. citizens.)

 

After the deadline in April, the Selection Committee will review all applications. Based upon your qualifications and the completeness of your file, the Committee will select those candidates who will interview with participating school district personnel. If selected as a candidate, you will be contacted by the Teacher Fellows Program to schedule an interview with participating districts.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.

 

Please contact us if you have further questions.

Dr. Daphne Everman, Co-Director
512.245.2157
djt62@txstate.edu

Laura Duhon, Co-Director
512.245.2157
LD11@txstate.edu

Sheena Campbell, Administrative Assistant II
512.245.3701
scampbell@txstate.edu


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