Programs for Undergraduate Students
The Urban Education Pathway
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The Urban Education Pathway (UEP), is a multi-year experience that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to intern in urban schools and gain first-hand knowledge of the powerful role of teachers, while giving back to the community. Founded in partnership with the Urban Education Initiative at Smith College, UEP Scholars build professional skills, working directly with children in classrooms alongside talented teachers and learning from experienced educators in seminars and workshops. After completing the Pathway, undergraduates will have gained deep contextual understanding of the profession as well as developed clear links to employment within the 29 TWM partner schools.
Interesting in applying? The UEP has two sites:
The foundational UEP program is open to undergraduate students at Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, Hampshire, and UMass-Amherst. Selected candidates participate in three experiences during their first year: fall orientation sessions, a January-term internship in an urban classroom, and a seminar at Smith College (EDU 201) in the spring semester focused on urban education in Western Mass.
In addition to the first year of experiences in urban education, Urban Ed Scholars will continue to have unique development opportunities and access to mentorship and career resources, professional development sessions, and access to the resources of Smith Education & Child Study Program.
Application for 2018 is closed. Please contact Julie@teachwesternmass.com if you'd like to learn about how to get invovled with TWM in other ways this year.
American International College
Launched in the fall of 2018, a second UEP site is now hosted at AIC and is open to any undergraduate students at AIC.* Selected candidates participate in three experiences during their first year: fall orientation sessions, a January-term internship in a Springfield classroom, and a seminar in the spring semester focused on schools here in Western Mass.**
In addition to a foundational year of experiences in urban education, Urban Ed Scholars will continue to have unique development opportunities and access to mentorship and career resources, professional development sessions, and access to the resources of AIC and TWM.
How To Apply: Click here to apply now!
*you may also complete a paper application and submit via email to <email@example.com> OR drop off in-person on the third floor of Lee Hall.
Application Timeline: Final deadline is November 2nd, by 8:00pm!
*Students who attend schools within the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield consortium (STCC, Western New England University, Springfield College, Bay Path College, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, and Westfield State University) may be eligible to enroll in the Urban Ed Pathway. Contact julie@teachwesternmass if you are interested!
**Credit pending approval.
Western Mass Summer Teaching Fellowship
Generation Teach partners with local schools to provide high school and undergraduate students with high-quality summer teaching experiences to inspire them to pursue careers in urban teaching.
Our Western Mass Summer Teaching Fellowship includes two weeks of intensive training and five weeks of teaching small groups of middle school students. Teaching Fellows receive daily coaching and support, as well as a taxable scholarship to offset living expenses.
How To Apply: Online application available here.
Application Timeline: Applications are due on the 5th of every month.