Mount Holyoke College — Mount Holyoke Extension
- Program Type:
- Coverdell Fellows
- Mount Holyoke Extension
- Degrees Awarded:
- Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
- Admissions Deadlines:
Mount Holyoke College admission closes on January 15. Thereafter rolling admissions will be accepted if there are open slots.
- Admissions Cycle:
Notifications of Peace Corps Fellows awards sent out by March 15 for an August start
- Program Start:
- Early August
- Program Founded:
- February, 2013
Each year two highly qualified Fellows enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program are eligible for a tuition remission of 50%. Other qualified Fellows are eligible to apply for our Promising Teacher Awards, which provide up to $5,000 dollars towards tuition.
Coverdell Fellows in the M.A.T program will benefit as members of a cohort of a dozen graduate students who take courses together and meet weekly to process their field based work. They will be invited to participate in a wide range of professional and social activities, including lectures and education related special events at Mount Holyoke an on neighboring campuses. Importantly they will also be able to tap into a network of Mount Holyoke alums working in education in the US and abroad and will have access to the national Expeditionary Learning online network as they seek teaching positions.
The 11-month co-educational Master of Arts in Teaching program for aspiring elementary, middle and secondary school teachers at Mount Holyoke College collaborates with public, magnet, and charter schools. Our program was developed in collaboration with Expeditionary Learning who collaborates primarily with Expeditionary Learning schools in Springfield, MA, an economically depressed city with a racially diverse community.
Fellows will become part of a vibrant education community on campus, within the broader Five Colleges, and the community at large. Cohort meetings will be held prior to the start of the school year, and throughout the semester along with their program peers. Internship opportunities occur throughout the year. During the fall semester, Fellows will engage in school-based pre-practicum internships, where they will assist the classroom teacher in classroom activities. During the spring semester, Fellows will conduct a full-time student teaching practicum. The practicum starts with students assisting teachers as co-teachers until they are ready to take over teaching at least three classes each day, as well as providing support to the teachers in other in-class and out-of-class activities within the school. Fellows will be supervised by cooperating teachers at each school and by Mount Holyoke faculty during site visits.
- a completed application form
- a transcript that verifies candidates’ having successfully completed an appropriate undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university with a strong GPA, usually a minimum 3.0
- a transcript review to ascertain that the candidate has not only majored in an appropriate discipline, but that the courses within the discipline adequately address subject matter knowledge required for the licensure being sought
- two letters of recommendation from relevant references
- a writing sample (an essay and a letter of intent)
- an interview
- a passing score on the MTEL’s required for the particular license area
- All materials are read by the Admissions Committee (program faculty, the directors, and Education Liaison).
- Upon meeting the above requirements, and receiving a positive recommendation from the Admissions Committee, candidates will be granted provisional admission.
- Students are only granted a full acceptance into the program and allowed to enroll in the practicum if they achieve a grade of “B” or better in all courses taken prior to their final practicum.
- Coverdell Fellows will be granted automatic immediate review of their applications and telephone interviews.
- Two Fellows per year will receive priority admission status if they meet the above-stated requirements.
For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.
Mount Holyoke Extension
Merrill House, Mount Holyoke College 50 College Street
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075
If you have questions, please contact:
Professor of Practice in Education
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