Listen to Rutgers-Camden Fellow Darlene Fleming discuss one of her achievements in the program, while Tim Pilla, also a Camden Fellow, reviews the guidance and insight he received from his mentor, Linda Narke, in an interview.
Rutgers University is one of five universities in New Jersey selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to partner in the Foundation’s new Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowships program.
The Teaching Fellowships program addresses a major national challenge: the persistent student achievement gaps that divide students from affluent and disadvantaged school districts. The Teaching Fellowships program addresses this critical need through the preparation of highly effective teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the STEM disciplines) to teach in New Jersey’s high-need urban and rural school districts.
The first cohort of Fellows began their Master in Science Teaching program in June 2014, and since September have been teaching biology or chemistry at one of the Institute’s school district partners in a high needs/high risk district.
The third cohort of fellows is now being recruited and will begin in late July 2016.
About the Program
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s mission is to identify and develop leaders and institutions to meet the nation’s most critical challenges. Founded in the late 1940’s to support promising scholars to pursue advanced degrees, the Foundation’s fellowships have carried distinction to the more than 21,000 Fellowship recipients who have become intellectual leaders not only in the academy, but also in government, the corporate world, the non-profit sector, and the arts.
Changing Foundation foci to address new needs. Starting in the late 1960’s, the Foundation established a range of new fellowship programs designed to address specific national needs, including the concern to support greater diversity among scholars, educators, and leaders. This new direction resulted in an increasing emphasis on support for developing outstanding teachers and school leaders. The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships is the Foundation’s signature program, and reflects the Foundation’s commitment to addressing the nation’s most urgent current challenges: the need for high-quality teaching.
Recent research from Education Trust confirms that effective teaching is the most important educational factor in supporting student achievement. Children living in school districts serving children from low-income families are the least likely to have highly effective teachers in their classrooms, which contributes to the “achievement gap”.
Disparate school districts in the qualifications of teachers is particularly acute in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This is why the New Jersey Department of Education identified a critical teacher shortage in the STEM subjects.
To address this need, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships program is designed to produce high quality teachers and currently focuses on STEM Teaching.
The Mission of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships is:
- To recruit talented and committed individuals with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math to careers in teaching in high-need secondary schools; and
- To support universities in creating new models for preparing promising teachers to meet this national need.
New Jersey is one of five states in which the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships program is offered.
The Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship program is organized on a statewide basis. A statewide collaboration of public officials, university faculty, and Foundation staff supports and coordinates the operations of the program.
About Rutgers-Camden Program
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships Program at Rutgers University benefits from the rich network of scientists, education researchers, and experienced practitioners that provides future teachers the best possible environment in which to become skilled, knowledgeable teachers.
The Institute for Effective Education, Rutgers University’s Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Program features:
- Admissions to a one-year, innovative Master in Science Teaching (MST) degree program;
- A $30,000 stipend;
- A $7,000 scholarship from Rutgers;
- Preparation for New Jersey Teacher Certification in Biology or Chemistry to teach grades 7 through 12;
- Optional certification in Special Education;
- Extensive guidance and coaching during a one-year clinical teaching experience in a high-need urban secondary school;
- Intensive mentoring and support during the first three years of employment as a teacher;
- The support of a cohort of Woodrow Wilson Fellows passionate about science and math education;
- Lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows.
To be eligible for entry into the program, an applicant must:
- Possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in an area of science, though a bachelor’s degree in another field combined with a strong professional background in a STEM field is also acceptable;
- Commit to teaching in a high-needs school district in New Jersey following graduation;
- Pass the ETS Praxis exams in either biology (for future biology teachers) or chemistry (for future chemistry teachers) and in general science knowledge.
How to Apply
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation handles the application process for the Teaching Fellowships. Rutgers-Camden cannot accept direct applications for this program.
Interested applicants must submit all paperwork directly to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and indicate that Rutgers-Camden is the partnering university of interest.
Visit the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for additional guidelines and application materials.
The 2016-2017 course schedule features focused clinical experiences complemented by small seminars with experienced instructors. Fellows will be placed in partner schools, where they will work with experienced science teachers each day for an entire academic year (September to June). This clinical, real life experience in the classroom is the backbone connecting all elements of the Fellowship experience.
The clinical experience is accompanied by STEM Methods classes that meet regularly. These classes prepare Fellows to be skilled professionals. Fellows receive instruction in areas needed for certification, and intensive experience examining videos of themselves and others teaching science classes. Finally, the classes fully prepare Fellows to understand, and to succeed within, teacher evaluation frameworks new in New Jersey and in many other states.
Student Teaching Placement Requirements
- Criminal background check;
- Documentation of current (within the calendar year) Negative TB test (state-required) (completed July of acceptance year); and
- Reliable transportation to student-teaching locations and off-campus classes.
Tuition and Financial Assistance
The estimated cost of tuition/fees at Rutgers University-Camden to complete the MST program will total approximately $21,000 (tuition will be set by the University in the spring of 2016) for the 2016-2017 academic year. Woodrow Wilson Foundation Teaching Fellows each will receive scholarships of around $7,000.
Financial aid through loans and grants may be available for Fellows through the Financial Aid Office. Contact Rebekka Howell, Assistant Manager of Financial Aid-Graduate School, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (856) 225-6039.
Faculty & Staff
IEE faculty and staff for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships Program Rutgers-Camden include:
- Daniel Hart: co-Director
- Susan Goyins: co-Director, email@example.com
- Bill Whitlow: Faculty
- Cheryl R. Chavis: Lecturer
- Ingrid Campbell: Lecturer
- John Mazzei: Lecturer
- Linda Nark: Lecturer