The Yale Urban Teaching Program is a 14 month program that integrates advanced graduate work with preparation for teaching in an urban setting. Candidates complete an intensive program of study (the equivalent of 13 courses over a 14-month period), and gain both a Master of Arts in Urban Education Studies and a State of Connecticut Initial Educator License for Grades 7 to 12. The program is cohort-based and all candidates start in the beginning of June. The program runs full-time until the following summer.
The Course of Study is intense and combines clinical experience with rigorous academic work. We expect hard work and long hours to be a habit that is sustained through the work of teaching after the program is over. Each semester combines a clinical teaching responsibility with a number of seminar based courses. The final summer course work serves as a bridge between the previous year’s learning and preparation for the initial teaching assignment. Course of Study »
Our academic program provides ways of thinking about and enacting a wide range of teaching approaches through an intense combination of theory and clinical teaching experience. Our Vision »
In particular we seek to:
- Generate a deeper understanding of content
- Build a developmental understanding of students incorporating new understandings of the work of cognitive and social psychology
- Support an emergent interdisciplinary analysis of the social context of teaching
- Develop a wide range of instructional strategies for urban adolescents
- Promote effective problem solving for learning
The Yale Urban Teaching Program Fellowship fully funds the course of study and pays an additional stipend during the year of enrollment ($26,000 in 2010-2011). Ten Fellowships are available. All candidates admitted into the program are automatically awarded the Fellowship, and there is no separate application. No financial information need be submitted with your application. Admissions »
In return for the Fellowship, graduates commit to teach in a New Haven Public middle or high school for a period of two years following the completion of their degree, and to become a part of a corps of teachers dedicated to significantly improving the achievement of the students in the classrooms and in their schools. Our City »
During our students' two-year commitment and beyond we offer individual and group support. Monthly induction meetings offer a chance to present and dialogue over case studies from the New Haven classroom. With the input of others, we return to the theory we already know to grapple with the challenges we face.