Woodrow Wilson NJ Teaching Fellowship

Program Description

In partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Newark Public Schools, and Orange Public Schools, Montclair State University (MSU) offers the Woodrow Wilson NJ Teaching Fellowship (WWTF) Program. The WWTF Program is an innovative 13-month, apprenticeship-based program for individuals with a deep commitment to teaching mathematics or science in a high-need school district. Working from the model of medical residencies, the program provides graduate education, intensive classroom experiences with a master teacher, and three years of mentoring and professional development in the schools where they teach. Resident Fellows work with faculty in both the College of Education and Human Services as well as the College of Science and Mathematics. Those who successfully complete the program earn their MAT degree and teacher certification simultaneously. Graduates then make a three-year commitment to teach in one of the partner school districts.

Based on research about successful programs, the Residency Fellowship:

  • embeds Resident Fellows from day one in schools, focusing their master’s degree coursework on classroom experiences;
  • provides on-site all the coursework needed for a 12-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and state certification;
  • matches the Resident Fellow with a school-based collaborating teacher;
  • provides Resident Fellow Graduates intensive induction support, mentoring, and professional development through the first three years of teaching;
  • provides additional professional development support to the master teachers and school leaders to reinforce the school’s focus on learning and continuous improvement at all levels;
  • offers invaluable support of a cohort of individuals who are passionate about science and math education for urban school districts.

Participants in this program also benefit from the following:

  • A $30,000 stipend during the residency year
  • A $10,000 tuition credit
  • Lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows, intellectual leaders in education

Partner School Districts

Montclair is working in partnership with two school districts:

The Newark Public Schools, Orange Public Schools, and Montclair State University are true partners in effective teacher preparation: sharing facilities, co-leading teaching experiences and coursework, as well as identifying and strengthening models of excellence. Representatives from both school districts co-designed the curriculum to ensure all candidates receive rigorous preparation that will prepare effective teacher leaders for urban schools. The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows Residency is not just about supplying districts with new teachers—it recruits and prepares outstanding teachers with a passion for urban education, deep commitment and dedication to the Newark and Orange communities, and a relentless focus on high levels of student engagement and achievement.

Program Coursework

The students in this program take their classes in small cohorts of 10-15 students. The classes are designed to expose the teacher-learner to multiple opportunities to interact with community members, students, and students’ families. At the same time, the program intends to serve the emergent needs of the teacher-learners as they encounter new experiences. The students are engaged in internships and coursework on a full time schedule for all 13 months. Given the nature of the program, MSU cannot substitute any courses with courses taken in other MAT programs.

Name Semester Hours
SASE 561 FALL  11


Applying to the WWTF

We are now accepting applications for the first cohort to begin in June 2015. The following are the application deadlines for the 2015 Cohort:

  • Round I: October 16, 2015
  • Round II: November 30, 2015
  • Round III: January 31, 2016

Applicants need to apply on the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship website.


The Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates, and career changers who:

  • have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math);
  • 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;
  • a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred.*

* Candidates who can demonstrate excellence through other avenues will also be considered. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.

Upcoming Info Sessions

Would you like to learn more about this program? Please join us at any of the following info sessions to ask questions and possibly meet current residents or resident graduates. November 8, 2015 Graduate Open House**

** Visit The Graduate School website for more information on how to register.

Please note: Walk-ins are welcome to all info sessions and open houses.