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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:

  • Increasing teacher retention;
  • Providing on-going professional development for all teachers wit the goal of improving teaching practices and student outcomes;
  • Integrating beginning teachers into the school, district, and community culture;
  • Building collaboration between school districts and the university to bridge the gap between theory and practice; and
  • Fostering teacher leadership skills both within and beyond the classroom.

 

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, Lake Travis ISD, 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 $17,000)
  • 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
  • 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

 

Graduate College Application – Due April 1, 2014      

Official transcripts:
  • If you are a Texas State University – San Marcos degree recipient or are currently enrolled, you need to request transcripts from any colleges NOT listed on your Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.
 
  • If you are not a Texas State University – San Marcos degree recipient or are not currently enrolled, one official transcript from each senior level post secondary institution attended is required. These transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar’s signature on the back of the envelope.
 
NOTE: Please indicate on your Graduate College Application, #16 of ApplyTexas application, that you are applying for the Teacher Fellows Program (231.23-ELEM EDUC). Failure to make these notations may delay the approval process. The above items for Part I should be submitted by April 1 to:
 
The Graduate College
601 University Drive
Texas State University – San Marcos
San Marcos, TX 78666-4605
 
NOTE: You will not hear back from the Graduate College about admittance to the Teacher Fellows Program until after the final selections have been made in May.
 
In addition to submitting your application to the Graduate College, you will need to submit the following to the Graduate College at the address above:
  • Current Resume
  • Reference Questionnaire Forms (3)
  • Teacher Fellows Background Inquiry Release Form
 
 

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. Send your resume to the Graduate College (address above)

Instructions for Reference Questionnaire Forms:

  1. Download the Teacher Fellows Reference Questionnaire Form. 
  2. Make three copies and distribute them to individuals who can provide references for you.  We recommend that you include your cooperating teacher from student teaching as one of your references.
  3. Instruct your references to complete the reference questionnaire, seal it in an envelope, and write their name and date across the seal on the back of the envelope.
  4. Collect the sealed envelopes, with your reference questionnaire forms enclosed, from your references.
  5. Send or hand carry the sealed envelopes to the Graduate College (address above).

 


Instructions for Teacher Fellows Background Inquiry Relase Form:

  1. Download the Teacher Fellows Background Inquiry Release form
  2. Complete and sign the form
  3. Send or hand carry the Background Check form to the Graduate College (address above)
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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.

Complete Teacher Fellow Information form (click here for 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, and background check) must be received on or before April 1, 2014

 

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. Barbara Davis, Co-Director

512.245.8196
BD@txstate.edu


Laura Duhon, Co-Director

512.245.2157
LD11@txstate.edu


Sheena Campbell, Administrative Assistant II

512.245.3701
scampbell@txstate.edu

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

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If I graduate in August and have undergrad courses to take in the summer, am I still eligible for the program?

No. The Teacher Fellows program begins June 1. It is a rigorous program which meets daily. The Teacher Fellows Program is a heavy load of graduate courses which require your full attention. Combining undergraduate work with the Teacher Fellow program was tried in the past but it proved to be unworkable.

How are Teacher Fellows selected?

It is a two-part process beginning with the screening of all applications by the Selection Committee. Qualified candidates interview with school district personnel who then make their final selections during a draft procedure. This entire selection process is completed within 5-6 weeks after the application deadline.

Can I choose which district and school I teach in?

No. The program is limited to school districts which are contracted with Texas State to participate in the program. Candidates interview with these districts, which then make their selection and place the Fellows at the school of their choosing.

What school districts participate in the Fellows Program?

While we are always recruiting additional school districts, the program currently works with Hays CISD, Lake Travis ISD, Leander ISD, and Round Rock ISD.

Could I teach for a year and get into the program my second year of teaching?

Some Teacher Fellows have come into the program as second-year teachers. However, you must be willing to give up your position and full-time salary and be placed by the school district that selects you. You must also be patient with your colleagues who are struggling with first-year issues.

How often and where do classes meet?

The first Summer I and II classes meet daily from 9:00am – 3:00pm on the San Marcos campus and in area school sites. During the Fall and Spring semesters, classes meet each Monday night and one Saturday per month. Monday night classes meet from 5:15pm – 8:30 pm on the San Marcos campus; Saturday classes are held at one of the Fellows’ campuses. The second Summer I and II classes are electives and will meet as stated in the course schedule.

How much will the program cost?

You will be required to pay the $40 graduate application fee to the Graduate College. Otherwise, all tuition and fees for 36 hours taken during the 15-month program are paid by the program. Except for electives courses, books and materials are provided on loan during the program. The program does not pay for any graduation fees (e.g., cap and gown).