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How do I get a Teaching Fellowship?

Jessica F. Black
Jessica F. Black

There is an extensive application process to follow in order to get a teaching fellowship. Requirements vary depending on the location that he or she is applying to teach in. A teaching fellowship is primarily offered to college graduates, but there are also specialized programs used to motivate eligible high school students. Both levels require academic excellence in addition to other skills needed to be a highly efficient teacher. Aside from general requirements, potential candidates should research local eligibility standards set by the jurisdiction's board of education.

Application processes usually involve filling out an application form with personal information, educational background, and any field related experience. Most locations require applicants to submit a resume and several personal statements. Those who are interested in special education may have to send in additional paperwork. A certain number of applicants are usually invited to interview and generally receive a letter listing all interview preparations. Applicants who are not granted an interview typically receive a letter informing him or her of the reason and steps needed to increase eligibility.

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Interviews differ greatly depending on the location, which is the main reason applicants receive a letter including all interview steps. Personal interviews are most common but may be accompanied by a math assessment exam and a written response to an essay question. Some boards may require applicants to provide a teaching sample and spend time conversing with other candidates and professionals.

Most teaching fellowship groups are searching for candidates who have had successful experiences, are able to think analytically, are committed to increasing academic achievement, and are persevering. Applicants are usually required to have a bachelor's degree in his or her chosen field, and a high grade point average is generally needed for consideration from the program. Certain locations set limitations on the number of education based college credits the applicant can have because the purpose of a teaching fellowship is to attract students in different fields to teaching.

Several high school students are chosen annually to participate in teaching fellowship programs. Students are chosen based on his or her outstanding academic performance and dedication to extra curricular activities. Scholarships are generally provided based on the agreement that students will teach for an assigned number of years after graduation. Residency standards may be set by the local board of education, and a certain amount of time as a resident is generally required for tuition purposes. Potential applicants can seek assistance from his or her school's career center or guidance counselor.

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