Teach Next Year MEd
Teach Next Year (TNY) is a one-year, full-time master’s program to prepare educators to teach in urban and high need 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. 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 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 courses during the Fall and Spring semesters in the afternoon or evening.
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 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 (5-8) or Secondary (9-12) Math or Science (specifically, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering)
- Middle (5-8) or Secondary (9-12) English Language Arts (ELA) or History and Social Studies
- Elementary (1-6) level
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 2022, Education: Teach Next Year and either Elementary or Middle Secondary Initial Licensure from the drop-down menu.
Application Deadlines for Summer 2022:
Priority Deadline: March 15, 2022
Final Deadline: April 15th, 2022
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: 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.
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 will also complete a course of study related to their selected teaching area (elementary education or middle/secondary education with a concentration in a chosen subject).
- Teach Next Year allows participants to earn their Initial Teaching License and Master’s degree in education in approximately 12 months.
- Our graduates are prepared to teach in diverse, and inclusive settings and serve children and their families as soon as they graduate.
- TNY graduates commit to teaching in an urban/high need school for three years.
- Graduates join an expanding TNY alumni network of hundreds working in schools throughout the BPS district and across Massachusetts.
- 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.