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Teaching Apprentice Program

A residency program designed for aspiring Elementary, Middle, and High School teachers.
Earn your M.Ed. while gaining direct classroom experience in one year.

Thank you for your interest in Berwick Academy's teacher residency program. We are pleased to partner with Lesley University to offer an affordable and comprehensive teacher training program. Each of our teaching apprentices (TAs) earn legitimate work experience at Berwick Academy, one of New England's finest independent schools, while earning their Masters of Education degree.

APPLY NOW TO START IN JUNE 2020, 
FINISH IN SUMMER 2021.

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  • About the Program

    The Teaching Apprentice Program (TAP) is designed for highly motivated adults who want to learn and practice successful teaching skills by immersing themselves in a full time teaching apprenticeship program. It is our belief that true learning and growth occurs while working alongside seasoned and dedicated mentor teachers. Our six TAs receive individualized guidance, support and feedback from their mentor teacher, the on-site program director, and one another during their time on Berwick's hilltop.

    During the first summer, the TAs build a solid foundation in education theories by enrolling in four graduate courses. In late August, they join the Berwick Academy faculty and begin applying their knowledge through supervised teaching and seminar discussions. During the year, our TAs actively participate in the Berwick community: developing curriculum, teaching lessons, participating in parent-teacher conferences, and joining in additional school enrichment activities of their interests, such as coaching. At Berwick Academy, TAs are valued and contributing members of the school community.
  • Application Requirements

    The TAP program is open to individuals who are intellectually curious and passionate about teaching. Prior experience working with students is preferred, but not required. We encourage people of varying ages, experiences, and backgrounds to apply for the six TA positions. We are seeking applicants who have the following qualifications:
    • Completion of a B.S. or B.A. with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • A keen commitment to becoming a teacher
    • A focused and diligent work ethic

    Information about courses, the application process and tuition can be found in the downloads section.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why is a residency program a great option for a Master’s in Education program?

    A wide body of research supports the value of teacher education programs that include full time internships such as we offer at Berwick. While coursework is certainly important, there is nothing that can compare to the opportunity to learn from an experienced mentor every day. The apprenticeship at Berwick offers students extensive time in classrooms, and spaces to put into practice what they are learning and discussing in their courses. Teaching apprentices at Berwick are immersed full-time in our community and are viewed by colleagues and students as integral to our academic, athletics, and arts programs.
  • Does this program include licensure (teacher certification)?

    At this time, the program at Berwick is non-licensure. Most apprentices in our program hope to work in an independent school environment, where state licensure is not a requirement.
  • Where do Teaching Apprentices typically find employment after completing the program?
     

    Nearly all of our graduates find employment at independent schools. A few have chosen to pursue work in charter schools or educational non-profits.
  • When does this program begin and end?
     

    The first summer of coursework begins June 1st, and the program typically ends by mid-July the following summer, but this varies depending on which courses are taken in the second summer and the dates for those.
  • How often will I need to travel to Cambridge for classes at Lesley?
     

    For the first summer, one of the four courses is on campus at Berwick, and the other three are at Lesley, either on campus or online (depending on the course). Once the school year apprenticeship at Berwick begins, courses are either at Berwick taught by Berwick faculty, online at Lesley, or at Lesley with a “weekend intensive” model. Apprentices do not commute to Cambridge regularly for courses during the school year.
  • What will my on-campus apprenticeship look like?

    The apprenticeship begins in late August with an orientation to Berwick with all new faculty, and ends in early June when the school year ends. Apprentices have two “placements” per year, one from August to late December, and another in early February through the end of the school year. In each semester, apprentices work with a faculty mentor and are deeply involved in teaching classes alongside mentor teachers. Mentors support the growth of apprentices, and regular observation and feedback is given by mentors as well as the program director. For the month of January, apprentices engage in workshops to prepare for the job search, off campus school visits, and observations of other classes/teachers at Berwick.
  • What are the costs of the program?

    Costs vary slightly depending on whether courses are taken on campus at Lesley or online. Total tuition can range between $13,000 and $19,000.
  • Is financial aid available for this program?

    Yes. All students in graduate programs at Lesley, including students in collaborative programs, are eligible for financial aid from Lesley. Berwick Academy does not offer aid or scholarships for this program at this time.
  • What are some ways to defray costs of the program?

    Currently, Berwick can offer housing for up to four apprentices in a house on campus (on a first come, first served basis). Some apprentices choose to live rent-free in exchange for minimal support with dorm duty at our small dorm, and others pay a minimal rent to cover basic expenses of the house. Apprentices also often serve as coaches for our athletic program, and there are stipends given for this work that vary depending on the sport and time commitment it requires.
  • Who do I send my application materials to? What is the process like?

    All application materials first go to the program director at Berwick (Ali Vandenburgh - avandenburgh@berwickacademy.org). If accepted to the program by Berwick, applications are forwarded to Graduate Admissions at Lesley for a decision. Here’s a list of application materials/requirements:

           -Lesley paper application
           -Personal statement
           -Resume
           -Two letters of recommendation
           -Official transcripts
           -Campus tour and interview

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Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.