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Teach Western Mass

About the organization

Teach Western Mass is a partnership founded by Holyoke Public Schools and the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, with support from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additionally, we’re joined by several local charter schools.
Collectively, we represent 30 schools serving more than 11,000 students in Western Massachusetts.

Simply put, as a teacher in Western Massachusetts, you are not just part of a school—you’re part of a community where you can help drive the transformation of our schools. Collectively, we can ensure that all Western Massachusetts students have the skills they’ll need for success in college and beyond because we are:


What We Offer:

• Certification that Counts: In one year, you will earn an Initial Teaching License from the state of Massachusetts once you pass the state required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure tests (MTELs) and graduate from our program. We offer certification routes in Mathematics, Moderate Disabilities (Special Education), and English as a Second Language. If you pursue a Middle School Math or Moderate Disabilities license, you will have the option, once recommended for certification, to apply your credits towards a Master's degree in your content area through our partnership with AIC.

• Full Salary and Benefits: You will earn a full teacher’s salary, starting around $45,000 (or higher, depending on the school’s career ladder), plus all related comprehensive benefits (including paid leave, retirement savings, and medical/dental/vision insurance), once you get hired at a Teach Western Mass partner school and begin teaching in Fall 2021.

• Access to Scholarships and Stipends: The tuition for the Residency program is $7,000. Our Residency is a low-cost certification route compared to other programs. However, we recognize that the cost is a barrier for some applicants and we have created scholarships and payment plans to ensure that everyone who is interested in the Residency is able to afford it. Approximately half of our Residents each year receive a scholarship that covers 100% of their tuition cost.


Who We Want:

• Candidates committed to applying their diverse, transferable skills from previous experiences toward positively influencing the trajectory of students—especially those from under-resourced areas—every day.

• Candidates committed to acquiring the content knowledge needed to pass all required MTEL tests and complete related program coursework.

• Candidates committed to promoting academic achievement in high-need subject areas (Moderate Disabilities, ESL, and Middle School Math) and making a difference in the lives of and outcomes for Western Massachusetts students.

Eligibility Requirements:

• No previous teaching or student-facing experience needed to apply

• Must hold at least a bachelor’s degree (obtained by June 1, 2021)

• Must meet all legal requirements to work in the United States

• Must not have a valid Initial or Professional Massachusetts teaching license

• Must pass a criminal background check, FBI fingerprinting, and additional background checks required by school partners



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Commitment to Equity:

We're looking for educators dedicated to bringing an excellent education to every classroom in our region. As educators, we share a belief that all families—regardless of where they live or how much money they earn—have the right to a great education and a bright future for their children. For us, this starts with committed teachers, and that could mean you.

We acknowledge that some candidates - especially those from underrepresented populations in the education and nonprofit sectors - may feel their professional experience and skill-sets are not a perfect match for this opportunity. Please apply if you are passionate about this work and/or our mission calls to you, even if you are unsure whether you should apply.

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