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W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship at EMU

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields into teaching in high-need Michigan high schools.

What kind of preparation for teaching do Fellows receive?

The full-time, cohort-based Master in the Art of Secondary Teaching program at Eastern offers rigorous disciplinary and pedagogical preparation, extensive clinical experience, and ongoing mentoring. Fellows’ preparation takes place on the main campus in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), and in the Ypsilanti Public School District. Coursework begins in May 2013, and should conclude during the Summer semester of 2014.

What is the full Fellowship package?

The WKKF-WW Michigan Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • in-state tuition rates for all Fellows; scholarships available to all Fellows.
  • admission to EMU and the Master in the Art of Secondary Teaching program.
  • preparation on campus and in Detroit and Ypsilanti schools.
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment.
  • lifelong membership in a national Woodrow Wilson network of Fellows and intellectual leaders.

What commitment do Fellows make?

As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need Michigan secondary schools, Fellows teach for at least three years in a high needs urban or rural school district, such as the Detroit Public Schools. Continuation as a teacher of record is contingent on the Fellow’s completing the Masters program and obtaining appropriate Michigan teaching certification.

Who can apply for the Fellowship?

Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields.

What qualifications are required of applicants?

A qualified applicant should:

  • demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
  • have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
  • have attained, or expect to attain by June 30, 2013, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university;
  • have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field; and
  • have achieved a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (negotiable for applicants from institutions that do not employ a 4.0 GPA scale).

What concentrations are offered within the Master’s program at Eastern?

At EMU, Fellows will earn our Master’s in the Art of Secondary Teaching degree (MAT) and, simultaneously, a Michigan secondary teaching certificate (good for middle and high school.) Eastern offers five concentrations within the MAT: Secondary Biology, Secondary Chemistry, Secondary Earth Science, Secondary Mathematics and Secondary Physical Science.

What can I teach upon program completion?

Successfully completing the Biology concentration will earn graduates Michigan “DA” certification; allowing them to teach Biology, Ecology, Life Science, Zoology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Life Science, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, and Forensic Science.

Successfully completing the Chemistry concentration will earn graduates Michigan “DC” certification; allowing them to teach Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Science, and Forensic Science.

Successfully completing the Mathematics concentration will earn graduates Michigan “EX” certification; allowing them to teach Mathematics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Solid Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, and Trigonometry.

Successfully completing the Physics/Physical Science track will earn graduates either the Michigan “DE” endorsement (allowing them to teach Physics, Astronomy and Physical Science), or the “DP” endorsement (allowing them to teach Physical Science, Physics, and Chemistry.)

For more information or to apply online, visit www.woodrow.org/michigan. Contact EMU Project Director Dr. Nelson Maylone at nmaylone@emich.edu.