American University’s School of Education is invested in cultivating a teacher workforce that is diverse and well-prepared to meet the needs of students in the District of Columbia.
The AU/DCPS Teacher Pipeline Project is a partnership between American University and DCPS and OSSE to provide scholarships to DCPS graduates who wish to become teachers and come back to teach in DCPS. The Project has three components: 1) A Dual Enrollment Program, 2) Undergraduate AU Teaching Fellows, and 3) Coaching for Newly Inducted AU Teaching Fellows.
The first phase of the Teacher Pipeline Project includes the opportunity for DC high school seniors to enroll in six college credits (e.g., two courses), free of charge. Students will attend on-campus courses alongside current AU students. Between 10-20 high school students are selected each year to participate in the dual enrollment experience. The courses include the following:
AU Teaching Fellows
The second phase of the Teacher Pipeline Project consists of DC high school graduates being admitted to AU SOE’s Teacher Preparation Program. Full scholarships will be offered to Fellows with an understanding that they will teach in DCPS. Scholarships for high school students who wish to become AU Teaching Fellows include:
- William Simons (Washington Teachers Union) Scholarship
- Ruby King Bush Scholarship
- District Scholars
Teaching Fellows can aspire to be general elementary or secondary teachers and/or special education teachers via the following majors/minors:
Coaching New Teachers
The third phase of the project includes the 5 year commitment to coaching of AU Teaching Fellows during their first years of teaching in DCPS. Research indicates that strong coaching protocols for new teachers improves retention.
For more information on the Teacher Pipeline Project contact: