The MU Teaching Fellowship Program is a cohort based model designed to cultivate a professional learning community, foster collaboration, and promote school change. It offers beginning teachers an induction model 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 classroom experienced is reinforced during graduate coursework one evening a week.

Fellows have two roles: classroom teacher and graduate student.


MU Teaching Fellows are are hired and employed as full-time, salaried teachers in partnering school districts of the MU Partnership for Educational Renewal (MPER). MPER represents the largest school partnership in the nation 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 Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with an emphasis on one of the following areas (subject to school placement):

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

Teaching Fellows placed in special education settings complete coursework toward a Master’s degree in Special 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 evening or online courses. The integration of academic content with teaching practice allows Teaching Fellows to directly apply their professional learning in their classroom contexts. Over the fall and spring semesters, Teaching Fellows engage in cycles of inquiry and complete a capstone research project representing the culmination of the graduate program.