POST-GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES 

A comprehensive list that does not imply Education Department endorsement.

Americorps: Americorps is a one-year funded opportunity to participate in national community service. A huge number of education-related opportunities can be found on their searchable database at americorps.gov. A modest living stipend and healthcare coverage are provided, undergraduate loans are deferred, and you receive money toward graduate school (or cash) upon completion of your term of service.

Boston Teacher Residency Program: "A one year, full-time AmeriCorps service program that recruits talented college graduates... and gives them the tools they need to make an immediate impact in the classrooms of Boston Public Schools." Applications for 2018-19 will be due early November 2017.   

Bowdoin Teacher Scholars: Students who have completed their Teaching minor and would like to pursue secondary teacher certification may apply to be a Bowdoin Teacher Scholar. 

Capital Teaching Residency (CTR): A yearlong training program through KIPP DC and E.L. Haynes where teaching residents work alongside a classroom teacher.  After training, residents must commit to teaching for 2 years in DC. Applications accepted September 1 2016-April 17 2017.

Charter Schools: Charter schools are independent public schools (most are non-profit organizations) designed and operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, and/or others.  They are authorized/chartered by local or state education agencies or organizations that monitor their quality and effectiveness, but allow them to operate somewhat outside of the regimented practices of traditional public schools.  In general, you do not need to be a certified teacher to teach at a charter school, although it certainly helps if you are. 

DC Teaching Fellows: Teacher preparation program in Washington DC. Applications for 2018-19 will close early November 2017.

Environmental Education: Work with kids in the outdoors, teaching natural science, literature, environmental history and love of Mother Nature. 

Graduate Study in Education: In addition to preparation for secondary school certification and a teaching career, courses in the Education Department also prepare students for graduate studies.  (Students who wish to be certified on the elementary school level must do so through a graduate program.)  Master of Arts in Teaching programs usually combine graduate study in a teaching field with professional course work leading to certification.  Certification programs in areas such as guidance or administration are offered only at the graduate level, usually with the requirement of prior teaching experience.  Doctoral programs vary in requirements and emphasis.  The history of education, curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, and the sociology or anthropology of education are options in the field for liberal arts graduates.  

Inner City Teaching Corps: ICTC is a non-profit education and service organization that helps empower children in the most under-served areas of Chicago.  Corps members receive professional development training and Alternative Teacher Certification through Northwestern University.  

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT): Designed to diversify the pool of prospective K-12 and university faculty, by assisting college students and recent alumni in the graduate school admissions process for advanced degrees in teaching, counseling and administrative careers. 2017 application opens December 1 2016.

MATCH Corps: a one-year urban education teaching fellowship where corps members work with small groups of students in a tutoring setting. Applications due November 27.

Mississippi Teacher Corps: The Mississippi Teacher Corps is a competitive, alternate-route teaching program serving critical-shortage public school districts throughout Mississippi and culminating in a master’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi. Early admittance deadline early November.

Museum Education: Working in the education department of a museum, science center, aquarium, zoo or interpretive center is a great way to interact with children and schools. Entry-level jobs are hard to come by, but not impossible, and many people gain great experience as post-graduate interns.

NYC Teaching Fellows: Teacher preparation program in NYC. Deadlines December 7 (regular) and January 25 (final).

Readak: Readak places recent college graduates in host non-public schools for 3-5 weeks to teach study skills and learning skills. A great way to gain exposure to a variety of schools in a short time while also teaching. 

Shady Hill School Teacher Training Course: The Teacher Training Course (TTC) provides aspiring teachers with well-guided experiences in pre-K through eighth grade classrooms where practice, merged with theory, is paramount.  Immersion in the classroom while studying and working alongside a talented mentor is the best way to learn how to teach.  In this one year, site-based preparation program, apprentice teachers discover what teaching is all about through observation, supervised teaching, workshops, seminars, and continuous involvement in the life of the school.  Many apprentices also participate in a master's program at either Lesley University or Tufts University. 

Teacher.org: Teacher.org is a free informational site made for teachers by teachers. They aim to empower prospective, new, and veteran teachers by providing a broad range of information intended to help them thrive and advance in their careers. All content is written by teaching experts and all data is government sourced for objective reasoning. We cover state by state licensure and testing requirements, scholarships, employment statistics, salaries, and more.

Teaching in Independent Schools: State certification is not usually a requirement for teaching in independent schools.  Candidates for positions in independent schools should have a strong academic background in the subject area they would teach, demonstrated experience working with children through internships, volunteer work, etc., and interest in coaching and/or assisting with extracurricular activities.  You should consider utilizing alumni networks to locate hiring faculty in schools of interest, and you may also want to register with a placement agency to locate open positions.

The Pike School/Lesley University School-based Internship/M.Ed. Program: Designed for people with little previous teaching experience, The Pike School/Lesley University School-based Internship/M.Ed. Program (Teacher Training Program), in conjunction with Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, seeks to develop reflective, visionary educators. This one year, site-based teacher training program leads to Massachusetts initial licensure and a master’s degree in elementary education.