Woodrow Wilson NJ Teaching Fellowship

Those candidates with a minimum of 30 credits in the desired subject area certification (math or science) interested in becoming
secondary teachers should visit the Newark-Montclair Urban Teachers Residency.

Please note, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship is no longer accepting applicants as of June 2017.

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


To date, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship at MSU has:

  • Graduated 34 fellows; 16 in biology, 10 in mathematics, 4 in chemistry, 2 in physics, and 1 in earth science
  •  Resident graduates already involved in leadership roles within their buildings
  • 100% of all graduates working in full-time, tenure-track positions in these high-need school districts:
    • Newark Public Schools
    • Orange Public Schools
    • Perth Amboy Public Schools
    • Dover Public Schools
    • Elizabeth Public Schools
    • Kearny Public Schools
    • Bayonne Public Schools
    • North Bergen Public Schools
    • Vineland Public Schools
    • Union City Public School

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.