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Rutgers - Camden — Graduate School of Public Policy & Administration

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Graduate School of Public Policy & Administration
Degrees Awarded:
K-12 Teacher Certification (Available), Public Affairs (MPA)
Admissions Deadlines:
Admissions Cycle:
Program Start:
July-September 05
Program Founded:
May, 2005


LEAP Academy Internships of $25,000 comprised of a $10,000 stipend and $15,000 full tuition remission.


Fellows are placed in full-time internships at the LEAP Academy, an inner city charter school affiliated with Rutgers University-Camden, where they will have opportunities for working with urban children and their families. Fellows will be enrolled in the Educational Policy and Leadership concentration and will go through the two-year MPA degree program as a cohort. The Educational Policy and Leadership Concentration comprises 42 credits that includes: completion of 7 core courses (21 credits), 4 specialized courses (12 credits), LEAP internship (6 credits) and a 3 credit Internship based on Peace Corp experience. The program was developed to target aspiring school teachers and/or educational administrators and to facilitate the certification process, so that graduates could be in a position to begin working as school teachers or administrators in New Jersey upon graduation. The MPA program is a two-year program. Fellows will be required to commit to the two-year fellowship at the LEAP Academy.

Internships will include: Teaching (Fellows taking this option will work in a classroom setting teaching a specific grade level and content area of math, science, or literacy); Academic Support and Remediation (Fellows taking this option will engage in academic programming for students who are need special attention); Health and Behavioral Wellness (Fellows taking this option, will work with the Rutgers/LEAP Health Center and the school's social work team in designing and implementing a series of character building programs.); Adult Education (Fellows taking this option, will work with the Parents Academy in designing and implementing adult education programming targeted at parents.); and, Early Childhood Development (Fellows taking this option will work in pre-school classrooms as well as with the development of a program for infants and toddlers.)


Strong commitment to teaching in the demanding inner city environment of Camden, New Jersey and a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate school. Application materials include: a completed application, official transcripts showing all course work from undergraduate and graduate schools; results from the Graduate Record Examination/GRE or LSAT or GMAT; three letters of recommendation; a current resume and a letter stating the applicant's professional goals and experience. Pre requisite course work in statistics, economics and American government. Application Materials

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Sandra Cheesman
Department Administrator

Graduate School of Public Policy & Administration
401 Cooper Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102
(856) 225-6860
(856) 225-6559

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