BPS Teaching Fellowship
Now accepting applications for the 2017 Cohort
You’re ready to do whatever it takes to help the city’s students achieve. We equip you with the skills and know-how to help your students get there.
The BPS Teaching Fellowship is an accelerated program operated by Boston Public Schools (BPS), part of an overarching strategy to increase the number of top teachers in the district who reflect the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our students and our community.
Our program prepares aspiring teachers with deep roots in the Boston community to lead our students to academic success in just one year. You'll spend a year developing foundational teaching techniques in an actual Boston classroom with personalized training and expert coaches to guide you along the way.
Our Fellows are ready to use their talents to strengthen the Boston community. They come from all walks of life, but share a fierce commitment to helping students succeed.
To be considered for our program, you must:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree (conferred by June 15, 2017);
- Meet all legal requirements to work in the United States;
- Receive passing scores on all of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure required by your subject area by June 23rd, 2017; and
- Pass a criminal background check before the start of school.
For more information about our eligibility requirements, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Who We Want
We are recruiting teachers for the following subjects for the 2016-17 school year:
- English as a Second Language
- English as a Second Language and Elementary (dual certification)
- Special Education (Moderate Disabilities)
- Special Education (Moderate Disabilities) and Elementary (dual certification)
To be eligible for a preliminary license in one of the subject areas above and able to teach in Boston Public Schools for school year 2017-2018, you must receive passing scores on all the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) required for that subject area by June 23rd, 2017. Learn more about licensure requirements here. Candidates who enroll in the Fellowship will be able to take part in free MTEL preparation courses in January and/or March of 2016. Learn more about licensure requirements and the supports available to enrolled Fellows here.
Note: Eligibility and academic requirements are established by the Massachusetts Department of Education and are therefore non-negotiable and subject to change.
Our training focuses on the key skills new teachers need to start strong—like creating a positive classroom culture and delivering content clearly. At the end of the year-long Fellowship, teachers who demonstrate a consistent ability to help kids learn will be eligible to apply for their initial license.
Here’s how it works:
1. Pass the MTELs required for your subject area.
In order to be hired for a teaching position in Boston Public Schools, BPS Teaching Fellows must have passed all the MTELs required for their subject area. Fellows who have passed their MTELs and taken the required coursework will be able to apply for a preliminary teaching license, which is good for 5 years.
2. Find a teaching position.
You will be responsible for leading your own job search to ensure that both you and your principal feel good about the match. BPS’ hiring season begins in the spring and continues through the summer, and our staff will provide you with resources and guidance so you can find a position that’s right for you. Keep in mind that all hiring decisions are ultimately made by principals or other school-based administrators.
3. Complete an intensive summer training.
The Fellowship starts with a rigorous summer training program centered on field experience. You will study proven teaching techniques and then practice them intensively, both with peers and in summer school classrooms. You must exhibit proficiency in these skills by the end of the training to continue in the Fellowship and receive coaching and support in the fall.
4. Teach in your own classroom with support from an expert coach and complete licensure coursework.
Fellows who successfully complete summer training will enter the classroom as a full-time, salaried teacher with a preliminary license, valid for 5 years. You will receive guidance from an expert coach throughout the year, as well as complete coursework and attend sessions that will build on the teaching skills you learned in summer training. Fellows who demonstrate mastery of instructional skills and successfully complete the required coursework will be eligible to apply for their initial teaching license.
In addition to the preliminary license, the BPS Teaching Fellowship is currently seeking approval from the Massachusetts Department of Education to endorse candidates for Special Education (Moderate Disabilities), English as a Second Language, and Elementary initial teaching licenses. The approval decision will be communicated by June 1, 2017, and Fellows will be informed immediately.
As a full-time employee of BPS, you will earn the same starting salary as other first-year teachers. First-year teachers earn more than $51,000 and can make well over $70,000 by their sixth year. You will also have access to the same comprehensive benefits as all new teachers in BPS, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage.
Program tuition for the 2017-18 school year will be $5,000, which may be paid out through the course of the year, once you have secured a full-time teaching position with BPS.
Salary & Program Costs
Our application process is designed to help you get to know the program and help us gauge whether this program is right for you.
1. Begin planning.
If you are accepted to the BPS Teaching Fellowship, you will need to prepare to take all of the MTELs required for your subject area by June 4th, 2017. You may wish to begin studying for and even take one or more of these exams while you participate in the application process. Additionally, while we offer a small stipend for Fellows to contribute to expenses during the summer program, you may wish to begin setting aside savings to cover any additional expenses during the training period, before you begin to receive your salary as a full-time BPS teacher.
2. Complete your application.
Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, so apply early. You will receive a response to your application approximately two weeks after submission.
How to Apply
3. Participate in a phone interview.
Based on your written application, you may be invited to participate in a phone interview, where you will answer questions about your perspective on effective teaching and respond to classroom scenarios that you could face as a new teacher in a high-need school.
4. Participate in an in-person interview.
Depending on the phone interview, you may be invited to participate in an in-person interview, where you will further discuss your interest in teaching in Boston Public Schools.
5. Receive your admissions decision.
You will be notified of your offer status within three weeks of your interview. If you receive an admission offer, you will have three weeks to notify us whether you accept.
6. Prepare for summer training.
Once admitted, you will be able to enroll in courses to help prepare you for the MTELs. We recommend registering for the exams as early as possible, as the exams may be challenging to pass and test dates are limited. You will also need to complete enrollment coursework and requirements - including one in-person session a month from March through June - before training begins. This coursework will build your foundational knowledge about the teaching profession, while requirements such as mock interviews and demo lesson days will ensure you are prepared for the hiring process.
6. Demonstrate core teaching skills during summer training.
During an intensive summer training you’ll learn essential teaching skills, which you must master by the end of the summer. Only teachers who demonstrate proficiency in those skills will complete summer training and begin teaching full-time in the fall.