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Teaching Fellows Program

AU Teaching Fellows

Full scholarships are available to AU Teaching Fellow to become general elementary, secondary, and/or special education teachers. DC high school graduates (from both DCPS and charter schools) can apply to become an AU Teaching Fellow, who all receive full scholarships. 

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

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

Meet Tatiana Ellis, the 2022-23 AU Teaching Fellow (Cohort 3)

Tatiana EllisFormer High School: Frank W. Ballou Senior High School

Why I Love Teaching: Teaching is something that I love doing. I love being able to help students, especially the students in Ward 8. It would be such a blessing to return to a school, specifically in the community I'm from, and teach students. It would help me let them understand that just because you grow up here, doesn't mean you don't have the ability to be successful. 


Meet the 2021-22 AU Teaching Fellows (Cohort 2)
 

Riley CampbellHigh School: Frank W. Ballou Senior High School

Favorite Subject: English

Why AU?: “I want to be a teacher! I’ve written two children’s books, “Man Up!,” on toxic masculinity, and “Diarou’s Not So Different,” on immigration. I want to teach others to become writers too.”

Donnay BrownHigh School: Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School

Favorite Subject: English

Why AU? “I did a lot of research before I decided on AU, I love that it’s close to my home and in a great area of DC. I also saw the promotional videos on YouTube and thought that I would fit in great!”

Jocelyn AriasHigh School: Woodrow Wilson High School

Favorite Subject: Chemistry

Why AU? “I’m excited to begin my college career at AU because of all the great people and resources. I don’t know which subject I want to teach yet, but I do know that I want to be a quality teacher. Quality teachers believe in their students and push them to do better.”

Meet the 2020-21 AU Teaching Fellows (Cohort 1)

Daniela LadinoFormer High School: E. L. Haynes Public Charter School

First Year Experience: “AU has enhanced my organization skills, which started in high school. Life as an undergrad is not as taxing if you plan and prepare. My favorite class is a Habits of Mind course called Are We All Zombies? The instructor is engaging and compassionate, much like all of the professors at AU, he understands the challenges of online learning and works hard to make the experience worthwhile.”


Learn more about Daniela, who is 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.

ChloeFormer High School: Woodrow Wilson High School

Why Teach? “I’ve never had a bad English teacher, my teachers were always great, the same is true for my professors at AU. My instructors have always put a lot of effort in reviewing materials and preparing for class. Watching them help students and enjoying their jobs inspired me to go down the same path. Helping students learn the mechanics of writing and speaking well and to guide them as they explore their creative processes are my goals in life.”

 

Learn more about Chloe, who is 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.

Keirah DanielsFormer High School: Frank W. Ballou Senior High School

Why AU? “I remember hearing from someone in my high school that AU has one of the best teaching programs in the DMV. That immediately caught my attention, and it is close to my home. I love elementary school students, especially first graders; those are the kids I want to teach. I know how to connect to young kids and once I have learned what it truly means to teach and lead from my SOE professors, I know I’ll be great at it.”

Teacher Pipeline Project FAQs

The Teacher Pipeline Project provides dual enrollment opportunities in education courses for high school students, full scholarships for aspiring teachers enrolled in undergraduate degrees, and new teacher coaching. Designed to increase the number of DC teachers from the District, the program aims 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. The program is a partnership between American University, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Friendship Charter Schools, and the Office of the State Superintendent in Education (OSSE).

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. 

About the Teaching Fellows Program

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 Teacher Pipeline Project provides dual enrollment opportunities in education courses for high school students, full scholarships for aspiring teachers enrolled in undergraduate degrees, and new teacher coaching. Designed to increase the number of DC teachers from the District, the program aims 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. The program is a partnership between American University, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Friendship Charter Schools, and the Office of the State Superintendent in Education (OSSE).

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