Teach Next Year MEd
Teach Next Year (TNY) is a one-year, full-time master’s program to prepare educators to teach in urban schools. The TNY teacher residency program seeks committed individuals interested in making a positive impact on students’ success in our partnering schools. It is an intensive, site-based educational experience and provides the support of professors, practitioners and colleagues while it supplies the challenge of study practice and exploration.
In addition to a master’s degree and teacher licensure, the TNY program also prepares graduate students for add-on licensure in Special Education - Moderate Disabilities (SPED) and/or English as a Second Language (ESL).
Students will complete a course of study related to their selected teaching area: early childhood education (PreK-2), elementary education (grades 1-6), or selected subject areas in middle school or high school. These courses support students in their graduate level learning process. Courses include an introduction to a developmental perspective on education, research and current understandings about the methods of teaching specific fields of knowledge, classroom management, inclusive practices for meeting the needs of students with disabilities and instruction of content for English Language Learners.
Students start their course work during the summer and complete 4 courses over two summer sections. Students are then placed in schools to work full time as interns throughout the school, culminating in their student teaching experience in the spring. In the meantime, students complete the remaining 8 course during the Fall and Spring semesters in the afternoon or evening.
Students can select from the following license areas when participating in TNY. For more information on the programs and curriculum for the specific program areas, please see the pages for that license and master’s degree.
- Middle or Secondary Math or Science (specifically, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering)
- Early Childhood (PreK-2nd grade) level
- Elementary (K-6) level
- Middle (5-8) or Secondary (9-12) or in the subject areas of English Language Arts (ELA), History, or Social Studies
Why Apply for UMass Boston’s Teach Next Year Program?
This program offers opportunities for students to learn to about elementary pedagogy and content across the curriculum areas and gain experience in urban schools through daily work. Through working with dedicated faculty to develop your teaching skills, action research skills, and knowledge of child development, our graduates are prepared to work in urban, diverse, and inclusive settings and serve children and their families as soon as they graduate. Students have the opportunity to understand the daily work of a teacher and the incredible impact they have on students’ lives.
TNY accepts a select number of residents per year. Applicants must have, or anticipate earning before June, a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline.
Career changers welcome. Persons of African American, Latino, Native American and Asian descent, and those with proficiency in a language other than English are particularly encouraged to apply.
- 2 Letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose: In your Statement of Purpose (1200 words in length) be sure to address the subject area you wish to teach, your philosophy of education, your specific goals, your reasons for wanting to become an urban school teacher and any relevant aspects of your background, and your thoughts about contemporary schools and current movements in education.
When selecting your intended graduate program on your application, please choose Summer 2021, Education: Teach Next Year and either Elementary or Middle Secondary Initial Licensure from the drop-down menu. All Early Childhood applicants, please select Education (MEd) Early Childhood Education Initial Licensure and for Area of Study: select Summer 2021
Priority Deadline: March 15
Secondary Deadline: April 1
Final Deadline: May 1
Please email Miriam.Niedergang@umb.edu with any questions
TNY starts in late June with evening classes at UMass Boston. Classes and graduate coursework will continue throughout the yearlong residency to enrich the teaching experience. Students will complete a course of study related to their selected teaching area: early childhood education (PreK-2), elementary education (grades 1-6), or selected subject areas in middle school or high school.
In September, residents will begin co-teaching Monday-Friday in a Boston Public Schools (BPS) classroom, while working under the guidance of a cooperating mentor teacher. TNY residents will work directly with students, initially as tutors, co-teachers and student teachers, and by mid-year as full-time teachers with a reduced assignment.
- Teach Next Year allows participants to earn their Initial Teaching License and Master’s degree in education in approximately 12 months.
- TNY graduates are expected to teach in an urban school for three years.
- Join an expanding TNY alumni network of hundreds working in schools throughout the BPS district and across Massachusetts.
- Continuous support from TNY and BPS. New teachers in BPS are guaranteed support in their first years to help them continue to develop the skills that will make them effective teachers.
- Final Application Deadline: May 1st.