Program Details





Spring of Senior Year at Harvard College

After acceptance, Fellows enroll in the undergraduate course “Introduction to Teaching & Learning in Schools,” which combines theoretical and empirical perspectives on teaching, as well as practical training with on-the-ground observations in local schools. In Spring 2017, this course will meet on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. Additionally, Fellows take a module called "Introduction to the Teaching Residency," which prepares students for school interviews and the transition to their residency placement.

Summer I

After graduation, fellows engage in intensive fieldwork (e.g., teaching summer school in a local urban district and completing course-related action research) conducted under the supervision of HTF faculty and mentor teachers, and begin coursework.

Teaching Residency

Fellows participate in an academic year of field-based training with one of our partner school networks located in cities nationwide. Fellows teach a half-time courseload, continue to receive intensive coaching from HTF faculty and mentor teachers, and participate in online coursework.

Summer II

Fellows return to HGSE to complete their licensure coursework (and optional Ed. M coursework) and the in-state teaching hours required for a Massachusetts teaching license. Fellows earn teacher licensure in Massachusetts; the Ed.M. is awarded to fellows who chose to pursue a master’s degree.*

Beyond the Fellowship

Fellows begin teaching full-time and continue to receive professional development and support during the first two years of teaching. Fellows are expected to continue to teach in high-need, urban secondary schools for a minimum of 4 years.

*Most states have reciprocal licensing agreements, so Fellows don't need to teach in MA.


The fellowship culminates in fellows earning their Massachusetts teacher licensure, which is valid for five years and enables teaching in most states via reciprocity agreements.

Tuition & Costs

The fellowship fully covers:

  • Teacher Licensure Tuition
  • Course-related expenses (e.g. books, technology)
  • Licensure expenses (e.g. exam fees)
  • Travel and accommodations for HTF events
  • Housing for both summer sessions

The fellowship provides stipends meant to defray the cost of the following:

  • Living expenses during Summer I
  • Living expenses during Summer II
  • Living expenses during the academic year residency

During the academic year, teaching residency host schools pay fellows a prorated salary based upon their part-time teaching assignment.

Master’s Degree

Fellows who choose to complete six credits of coursework beyond the requirements of the fellowship can earn a master’s degree from HGSE. The Ed.M. degree coursework begins during Summer I.

Students who choose to pursue the master’s degree will do so at their own expense. For 2016, the cost per credit is approximately $1,450. In conjunction with the fellowship, the cost of the Ed.M. is less than $10,000. Visit HGSE’s Tuition & Costs to compare this reduced cost to traditional HGSE master’s degree programs.


Continued enrollment in the Ed.M. program is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of all Harvard Teacher Fellow courses, fieldwork, and other program requirements. Students who begin the Ed.M. degree and later decide not to pursue the degree will be required to withdraw from the program; this action will be reflected on their HGSE transcript. There may also be prorated charges that remain the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of loans; eligibility should be determined on an individual basis by contacting HGSE’s Financial Aid Office.