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The AU Teacher Pipeline Project

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. The Project has two components:

  1. A Dual Enrollment Program and
  2. Undergraduate AU Teaching Fellows.

Current Student Spotlight

Daniela LadinoDaniela hails from E. L. Haynes Public Charter School, which is located in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. She notes that life as an undergrad is not as taxing if you plan and prepare. Daniela takes pride in her thorough organizational skills, which began in high school.

Daniela’s favorite class is a Habits of Mind course called Are We All Zombies? While Zoom classes aren’t the ideal format, Daniela remains engaged by asking questions throughout the lesson. “I don’t like feeling lost,” says Daniela. “I am also not afraid to raise my hand, and I feel like that’s one of my strong suits.”

ChloeChloe joined the Teacher Pipeline cohort after graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, which is located in Tenleytown, D.C. She is a lover of the arts that enjoys singing and dancing in her spare time. Chloe is passionate about all things education-related; she looks forward to creating enhanced curriculum better suited for the needs of DCPS students after graduating.

“I’ve never had a bad English teacher, my teachers were always great,” says Chloe. “It was clear that my former teachers put a lot of effort reviewing materials and preparing for class. Watching them help students and enjoying their jobs inspired me to go down the same path.”

Learn more about Chloe Ifill and Daniela Ladino, who are quoted in The 74 article, Meet 2 Aspiring D.C. Public School Teachers in This College’s Inaugural Class of ‘Ready-to-Go’ Post-COVID Educators.

Dual Enrollment

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:

Read SOE Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy's Washington Post article, Opinion: A Dual-enrollment Program for D.C. High School Students Could Help Fill Classrooms in the Future.

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. Scholarships for high school students who wish to become AU Teaching Fellows include:

Teaching Fellows can aspire to be general elementary or secondary teachers and/or special education teachers via the following majors/minors:

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Teacher Pipeline Project FAQs

The Teacher Pipeline Project is a partnership between American University, DCPS, Friendship Charter Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent in Education (OSSE) to provide dual enrollment opportunities in education courses, full scholarships for aspiring teachers, and new teacher coaching. The project is designed to increase the number of DC teachers from DC. In addition, the aims of the project are to diversify the teacher workforce and increase teacher retention. Teaching Fellows can aspire to be general elementary or secondary teachers and/or special education teachers.

AU Teaching Fellows can attend American University’s School of Education tuition free. In addition to four years of funding, the Fellows are also guaranteed a teaching job upon graduation.

Yes, all Teaching Fellows will have D.C. certification, which can be used in other states.

Students are required to complete the AU application for admission. See application here.There are special questions pertaining to the Teaching Fellows Program. 

Yes, American University provides accommodations for students with disabilities. 

Contact Information

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