Harvard Teacher Fellows Subsumed by New HGSE Masters Program | New

Harvard Teacher Fellows – a teacher education initiative for college students – will no longer accept new cohorts of students as it is integrated into a new degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Harvard Teacher Fellows was established in 2015 to prepare recent students and alumni to teach in underprivileged urban schools. From 2022, the initiative will be integrated into the Master’s program in Teaching and Teacher Leadership at the Graduate School of Education.

While undergraduates are encouraged to apply for the new program, students who are not attending college will also be able to apply – a change from the previous initiative.

In addition to Harvard Teacher Fellows, the new masters program will also absorb two other decades-old training programs: the Masters-level Teacher Education Program and the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program.

“It makes for a much more cohesive experience across the board, and we’re really excited about how it builds on the strengths of all three programs,” said Noah S. Heller, current director of Harvard Teacher Fellows.

Heller – a faculty member for the new program – said he was working to disseminate information about the transition through established undergraduate communication channels.

“Our recruiting for HTF turned and everyone we spoke to tried to get in touch with the new TTL program,” Heller said.

Allison P. Pao ’21-22, who is currently applying for the new masters program, said she was surprised she hadn’t seen more publicity about the transition.

“It was a bit frustrating and confusing just because of the lack of information on the [Harvard Teacher Fellows] website and also the lack of explanation on the website of how TTL is the same and different from HTF, ”Pao said. “As someone who had a deep understanding of the HTF program, I would have liked to see more information on the differences and similarities between TTL.”

Meaghan E. Townsend ’21, currently a professor at Harvard, explained that one of the main differences between the two programs is that the new masters program will offer two separate streams.

The residency track – modeled after the Harvard Teacher Fellows – will allow fellows to immediately take on teaching responsibilities in classrooms, while the internship track will offer “a little more track to accommodate what means to be a teacher, ”she mentioned.

Although she is “optimistic” about the new master’s program, Townsend said she wonders if all interested students would know how to apply.

“My biggest concern is that Harvard students don’t know about this program and therefore don’t apply to teach,” she said.

Townsend called the timing of the Harvard Teacher Fellows program redesign “unfortunate” because it coincided with the College’s decision not to offer general education 1076: “Equity and Excellence in American K12 Schools” – a bridging course to high school in pedagogical studies – this school year.

“This is the year the stick of educational interest has been fumbled,” she said.

College spokeswoman Rachael Dane declined to comment on General Ed 1076. She said in a previous statement that the course was placed on a two-year rotation due to “budget constraints” made necessary by the pandemic.

HGSE Professor Victor M. Pereira, Jr., who co-chairs the new Masters program, acknowledged the rapid turnaround in the application process this year given the transition.

“The weather could be tight,” Pereira said. “I would suggest anyone to contact the TTL Program, Deputy Director, Andrena Mason, if you have any issues or need time with the application materials.”

– Editor Meera S. Nair can be contacted at [email protected]

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