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:
- 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.
- Work with a faculty mentor on scholarly research investigating a problem or question related to your field of study. Fellows and faculty publish and present shared research.
- Spend two Winter Terms engaged in domestic study experiences that will broaden your perspective and complement your education studies.
- Tutor in local schools, participate in retreats and common readings with your cohort, attend academic seminars and take field trips to innovative schools.
Who should apply?
Outstanding student leaders who have a GPA of at least 3.8 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.
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.
Seminars on important issues in education, campus cultural events, volunteer tutoring and field trips to innovative area schools supplement Teaching Fellows’ professional development.