UE Teaching Fellows Program

The University of Evansville is stepping up efforts to recruit new classes of students who aspire to become classroom teachers. Through the Teaching Fellows Program, eligible candidates will have the opportunity to earn a teaching license supported by close mentoring from UE faculty members as well as local school partners. Teaching Fellows will be eligible to receive junior and senior year scholarships/loan forgiveness to support tuition costs. The Teaching Fellows Program is available for 10-12 education majors per year.

Admission Criteria

Entering freshmen are eligible to pursue an early commitment to the Teaching Fellows Program by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Major in mathematics, life science/biology, chemistry, physics, foreign language, or special education
  • Elementary, secondary, or P-12 education major with a minor in teaching English as second language (TESL)
  • Elementary, secondary, or P-12 education major identified as a minority or member of an underrepresented group (e.g., African American or Latino; English as a second language; male interested in elementary education)

How to Apply

  1. Complete the application for admission to the University of Evansville no later than December 1, 2017.
  2. Submit a UE Teaching Fellows essay no later than December 1, 2017 (priority deadline). The essay should address your personal interest in teaching as a career and your long-term goals within the profession. Essays can be uploaded to your UE Admission Portal or e-mailed as an attachment to admission@evansville.edu.

For full consideration, you should apply and submit all application materials (high school transcript, essay) no later than December 1, 2017.

Program Requirements

Eligible candidates must agree to the following commitments:

  • On-campus residence during the first two years of attendance at UE
  • Attainment of academic standing required for full admission to teacher education programs:
    • Passing CASA Basic Proficiency Assessment scores or state approved ACT or SAT equivalent
    • GPA of 2.8 or above
    • Completion of EDUC 100 and EDUC 200, or EDUC 150, EDUC 320, or Music 171 with a grade of C or better
    • Completion of Admission to Teacher Education Portfolio and successful faculty interview
    • Continued high-level performance to meet SOE gateway requirements for student teaching and graduation
  • Application for an Indiana state substitute teaching license
  • Attainment of academic standing required for Admission to Student Teaching:
    • Completed all course work with a C or better (B- for internships)
    • An overall GPA of 3.0 or above
    • A GPA of at least 3.0 in their major teaching field
    • A GPA of at least 2.75 in any minor field
    • Completed a comprehensive portfolio with assessments from at least three individuals (mentor teachers and faculty members)
  • Commitment to meet all Indiana state teaching license qualifications
  • Commitment to apply for an Indiana state teaching license following graduation from the University of Evansville
  • Commitment to teach within a K-12 institution following graduation

Benefits

  1. Teaching Fellows will receive a full-tuition scholarship during their junior year (third year).
  2. The same tuition award will extend to the senior year (fourth year) in the form of a short-term, forgivable student loan, provided the student has met all of the criteria for the program upon graduation from UE and signed a letter of commitment to pursue the teaching license and commitment to teach within a K-12 institution following graduation.
  3. LEA Mentoring through a cohort of in-service teachers from marginalized population groups or shared academic discipline areas.
  4. Tutoring and preparation for state licensure exams through peer mentoring and faculty instruction.

University residency rules apply. Students must live on campus for the first two years unless they meet the exemption requirements. Students who choose to move off campus after 2 years are subject to a $4,500 reduction in their scholarship.

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will have the opportunity to advance interview Teaching Fellows for openings within their schools.

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