With national and state Teachers of the Year among Elon's graduates, the university is well known for its outstanding teacher education curriculum. To learn more information about the Teaching Fellows Program, visit the website.

As a Fellow, you will be challenged by enriching experiences and a curriculum that is distinguished by many features:

  • Get real classroom experience early and often -- as a first-year student, you will begin observing veteran teachers in local schools.
  • Study in New Zealand (or an appropriate country if you're a world languages major) for a semester to gain a global view of education and work with students from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Take part in two different Winter Term study experiences away from campus: American History Study Tour and an academic seminar in Washington, D.C.
  • Learn from supportive faculty mentors who will challenge and inspire you to become a leader in education.

Who should apply?

Outstanding student leaders who have a GPA of at least 3.7 should consider applying. Standardized test scores will also be evaluated. Twenty-five Teaching Fellows will be selected annually.

Note: Music education majors must also complete a department audition in conjunction with their admission to Elon.

Teaching Fellows Program Benefits


Twenty-five Teaching Fellows will receive scholarships valued at $5,500, which are renewable annually as long as the student remains a Fellow in good standing. This is in addition to any Presidential or Elon Engagement scholarship received. In combination with program enrichment experiences, the value of the Teaching Fellows program is more than $28,500 over four years.

American History Study Tour

This Winter Term course takes first-year Fellows on a visit to pre-revolutionary war historical sites along the Eastern seaboard, such as Boston and Philadelphia, where Fellows listen to historical interpretation and learn to critically assess the values and motivation of the interpreter.

Semester in New Zealand

Sophomore Teaching Fellows study abroad at the School of Education Center at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Fellows complete two education courses, one of which includes a five-week, full-time teaching placement in a local school. Elon provides airfare support and Fellows pay associated study abroad fees.

World language majors will study for a semester in a country appropriate to their language study.

Academic Seminar in Washington, D.C.

During Winter Term, Junior Fellows participate in a two-week academic seminar with site visits in Washington, D.C., to learn about factors affecting education policies and how to become leaders in educational advocacy.

Inquiry with Faculty Mentor

Junior Fellows work with a faculty mentor on research investigating a problem or question related to their field of study. Fellows and faculty present and publish shared research.

Enrichment Experiences

Seminars on important issues in education, campus cultural events, volunteer tutoring and field trips to innovative area schools supplement Teaching Fellows' professional development.