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Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowships
The prestigious Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend. The Fellowship program prepares candidates to earn a Master of Education degree and to qualify for licensure in grade 7-12 mathematics, life or earth science, physics, or chemistry.
The launch of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program in Ohio came in March 2010, when four universities were selected to host the Fellowship: The University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati, John Carroll University, and The Ohio State University. Three additional institutions joined the program in 2011: Ohio University and the Universities of Dayton and Toledo
- To place teachers in high-need schools
- To attract outstanding candidates to teaching
- To reduce teacher attrition
- To improve teacher preparation
The equivalent of a Rhodes Scholarship for teachers, the highly selective Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to recruit high-achieving candidates who show promise as teachers—including graduating college seniors, recent graduates, and mid-career or second-career professionals—to careers in teaching.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship at The Ohio State University?
The Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented new teachers with backgrounds in the STEM fields of mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and life and earth science to teaching careers in Ohio’s high-need secondary schools.
Why does Ohio need these new teachers?
- Because all Ohio students need teachers who can help them get to college, the key to success in the contemporary workforce.
- Because schools will need more and differently prepared teachers to help students meet the new Ohio Core graduation requirements.
- Because the state continues to identify mathematics and science as critical shortage areas for teachers. These shortages can be even more severe in Ohio’s high-need secondary schools, which struggle to recruit and retain good teachers in these fields.
- Because teacher attrition in Ohio’s urban and rural schools can be high, and a wave of retirements is coming. As veteran STEM teachers leave, well-prepared new teachers will be urgently needed.
What kind of preparation for teaching do Fellows receive at Ohio State?
The Fellowship program at Ohio State requires rigorous disciplinary preparation and provides extensive pedagogical preparation, meaningful in-school experience, and ongoing mentoring. Fellows’ preparation takes place in high-need secondary schools. This field-based experience will integrate academic and clinical instruction from the first days of the program.
What commitment do Fellows make?
After completing the program, Fellows teach for at least three years in a high-need secondary school as part of their commitment to ensuring student success. Employment, as a teacher of record, is contingent upon the Fellow's obtaining appropriate Ohio teaching licensure.
What is the full Fellowship package?
The WW Ohio Teaching Fellowship includes:
- a $30,000 stipend;
- admission to the master’s degree program in the College of Education and Human Ecology;
- preparation in a high-need high school and participation in a wide variety of school experiences;
- support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment;
- guidance toward teaching licensure; and
- lifelong membership in a national Woodrow Wilson network of Fellows and intellectual leaders.
Who can apply for the Fellowship?
Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, the STEM fields of mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.
What qualifications are required of applicants?
A qualified applicant should:
- demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
- have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
- have attained, or expect to attain by June 30, 2012, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university;
- have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and/or earth science; and
- have achieved a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (negotiable for applicants from institutions that do not employ a 4.0 GPA scale).
To obtain more information or to apply online, visit wwteachingfellowship.org.
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