The MU Teaching Fellowship Program is an online program. It offers early career educators professional development and support built on active learning including being mentored, observing expert models, or being observed followed by feedback and discussion, and analyzing student work. All of the graduate coursework is provided online to best facilitate a balance between teaching and learning.

Fellows have two roles: classroom teacher and graduate student.


MU Teaching Fellows are hired and employed as full-time, salaried teachers in partnering school districts of the MU Partnership for Educational Renewal (MPER). MPER represents 300+ schools in 20+ districts in Missouri. As salaried employees, Fellows receive the same benefits (retirement, health insurance, etc.) as other beginning teachers in the districts in which they are hired.

Each district will identify a high-quality educator to serve as a mentor for a Teaching Fellow. As employees of the district, mentors will support Teaching Fellows by helping develop an awareness of community/district/school culture and characteristics. As quality educators, mentors will assist Teaching Fellows in their beginning years through regular contact, feedback, and collaboration with a focus on professional growth.

Mentor teachers provide Teaching Fellows on-site coaching and support regarding:

  • Curriculum planning
  • Assessment
  • Classroom management
  • Classroom-based research
  • Parent/Guardian communication
  • School events

Graduate Level Program

MU Teaching Fellows complete a sequencing of graduate courses over two years leading to a Master’s degree in Special Education or Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with an emphasis in one of the following areas (subject to school placement):

  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Social Studies Education

Graduate program coursework begins in the fall and continues in the spring, summer, fall and spring. During the fall and spring semesters, Teaching Fellows reinforce their classroom experience during graduate coursework via online courses. The integration of academic content with teaching practice allows Teaching Fellows to directly apply their professional learning in their classroom contexts.