In one year, exceptional science and math students complete their M.Ed. and intensive in-classroom teaching.

Valparaiso University is one of a select group of universities chosen to partner with this innovative program. Woodrow Wilson Fellows, as students are known, receive generous support for their teaching degree in exchange for a commitment to teach in high-need secondary schools.

This 36-credit hour master of education program leads to licensure in science and/or mathematics for grades 5–12. At Valpo, Woodrow Wilson Fellows can earn their certification in biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, or physics.

Teaching fellows begin the last week of May with seminar and workshop classes. In the summer, they take a full class load from the first week of June to mid-July.

During the fall term, fellows co-teach in an urban or rural school setting five days per week from 7 a.m. – noon (half-day). In the afternoons and evenings, they complete 12 credits of coursework at Valparaiso University. Fellows will also have opportunities to work with regional educational sites, e.g., the Museum of Science and Industry, Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center, Challenger Center, Porter County Museum, and Taltree Arboretum.

Fellows hold full-time teaching positions during the spring term. At the end of the spring semester, fellows graduate with a master’s degree and teacher certification in a STEM field. They commit to teaching in high-need secondary schools for at least three years after graduation.

May Workshops and Seminars
1 credit
ED 512 Technologies & Collaboration 0.5 credits
ED 513 CPR/AED & First Aid 0 credits
ED 514 Suicide Prevention Training 0 credits
ED 515 Educational Foundations 0.5 credits
Summer Session
11 credits
One course from the following options:
  • ED 589 Secondary Methods in Science
  • ED 589 Secondary Methods in Mathematics
3 credits
ED 617 Assessment and Classroom Management 3 credits
ED 618 Curriculum Design and Differentiation 2 credits
ED 631 STEM Learning Communities 0 credits
SPED 540 Learning Exceptionalities 3 credits
Fall Semester
12 credits
One course numbered ED 591– ED 599 (MSI courses in math/science) 3 credits
ED 604 Foundations of Educational Psychology 2 credits
ED 635 Clinical Practicum (co-teaching, 20 hours/week minimum) 3 credits
ED 631 STEM Learning Communities 1 credit
ED 670 Home, School, and Community Relationships 3 credits
Spring Semester
12 credits
ED 560 Literacies Across the Content Areas 3 credits
ED 631 STEM Learning Communities 1 credit
ED 632 Community Resources 1 credit
ED 635 Clinical Practicum (full-time teaching, 14 weeks minimum) 6 credits
ED 651 Seminar: Efficacy in Professional Practice 0 credits

Eligibility for the Fellowship is determined by the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. Currently, the Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates, and career changers who:

  • Have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals
  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
  • Have attained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or its international equivalent (Note: undergraduate degrees earned outside the U.S. are accepted if an approved credential evaluator declares the degree equivalent to an earned U.S. bachelor’s degree.)

A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred; however, candidates who can demonstrate excellence through other avenues will also be considered. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.

Interested students apply directly to the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. Their application is aligned with Valparaiso University’s graduate admission requirements and will be reviewed by the University. They do not need to apply separately to Valpo.

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Program Contact
Jennifer Ziegler, Ph.D.