What is the purpose of this Fellowship?
What commitment do Fellows make?
What is the full Fellowship package?
What is the cost of the program at John Carroll?
Are fellows eligible for additional financial aid at John Carroll?
When does the program at John Carroll start?
Who can apply for the Fellowship?
What qualifications are required of applicants?
Why does Ohio need these new teachers?
What kind of preparation for teaching do Fellows receive?
Which Ohio universities and school districts are involved?
Who sponsors this program?


What is the purpose of this Fellowship?
The Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – into teaching in high-need Ohio high schools.

What commitment do Fellows make?
As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need Ohio secondary schools, Fellows agree to teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district. Continuation as a teacher of record is contingent on the Fellow’s completing the master’s degree and obtaining appropriate Ohio teaching licensure.

What is the full Fellowship package?
The WW Ohio Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • a $30,000 stipend;
  • a 40% tuition scholarship for those attending JCU.
  • admission to the master’s degree program;
  • preparation in a high-need urban secondary school;
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment;
  • guidance toward teaching licensure; and
  • lifelong membership in a national Woodrow Wilson network of Fellows and intellectual leaders.

Are fellows eligible for additional financial aid at John Carroll?
Yes. As a John Carroll graduate student entering the teaching profession in high need schools you may be eligible for the federal TEACH grant, which could provide up to $7000 toward your program costs. Click here for more TEACH grant information. In addition you may be eligible for student loans.

What is the cost of the program at John Carroll?
The masters program is a total of 40 credits over 13 months.  Below are the anticipated costs for the 2013 cohort:

  • Tuition: ~$16,800 (after the 40% scholarship for fellows);
  • Fees: ~$150 graduation fee.
  • Materials: Fellows will need a graphing calculator and text books.  A fellow might expect to spend $500-700 on books and materials for courses.
  • Other: Licensure tests ~$500, BCI/FBI background check ~$60.

When does the program at John Carroll start?
The 2014 cohort begins May 27, 2014. Summer coursework runs full time through August 8. Fellows then started in their full time clinical placement starting the first day of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District calendar. The clinical placement and coursework continues until the last day of the 2013-14 CMSD or CH-UH calendar.  The final 4 cr. of coursework is then finished part time in June-July of 2015.

Who can apply for the Fellowship?
Eligible applicants include current undergraduates (seniors, graduating by May 2014), recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retirees who have majored in, and/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, 2014, 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).

For more information or to apply online, visit woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships/ohio/.

Why does Ohio need these new teachers?

  • Because all Ohio students need teachers who can help them get to college, the key to success in the contemporary workforce—and right now too few are making that mark.
    • Recent national data show Ohio’s statewide graduation rate at 74 percent. With fewer well-paying jobs that don’t require college degrees, one in four young Ohioans will be ill-equipped to enter the workforce, and not at all able to pursue knowledge-based or technical careers.
    • For African Americans across Ohio, the graduation rate is just 47 percent—below the national average of 51 percent.
    • For Latinos across Ohio, the graduation rate is 48 percent, compared with 55 percent nationally.
  • Because the state continues to identify math and science as critical shortage areas for teachers.
    • Science and mathematics are on the Ohio Department of Education’s 2009-10 list of critical teacher shortage areas—as they have been for at least six years.
    • These shortages can be even more severe in Ohio’s urban and rural communities, which struggle to recruit and retain good teachers in these fields.
  • Because teacher attrition in Ohio’s urban and rural schools can be high, and a wave of retirements is coming.
    • Roughly 46 percent of the state’s teachers are age 50 or older.
    The average retirement age for Ohio teachers is 59.As veteran STEM teachers leave, well-prepared new teachers will be urgently needed.

What kind of preparation for teaching do Fellows receive?
The Fellowship offers rigorous disciplinary and pedagogical preparation, extensive clinical experience, and ongoing mentoring. Fellows attend one of seven Ohio universities that have committed to redesign their teacher preparation curricula in order to meet these standards. Their preparation takes place in high-need secondary schools within partnering school districts like those where they will eventually teach.

Which Ohio universities and school districts are involved?

Universities:
John Carroll University
The Ohio State University
Ohio University
University of Akron
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
University of Toledo
Partners:
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Columbus City School District
Rural southeast Ohio schools
Akron Public School District, Canton
City Public Schools
Cincinnati Public School District
Dayton Public Schools
Toledo Public Schools

Who sponsors this program?
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (woodrow.org) identifies and develops leaders and institutions to address the critical challenges in education. It supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American institutions, and also supports innovation in the institutions they will lead. The University System of Ohio is the largest comprehensive public system of higher education in the nation, offering options for every student, from GEDs to Ph.D.s. Consisting of 14 universities, 24 university branch campuses, 23 community colleges, and over 120 adult education program sites, the University System of Ohio ensures that all Ohioans have access to a high-quality, affordable higher education within 30 miles of their home. For more information, visit www.uso.edu.