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Teaching Apprentice Program

How To Apply

Those interested in the Teacher Apprentice Program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Prior experience working with children is not a requirement; candidates for the program should be eager and enthusiastic learners who enjoy working as part of a team.

Candidates for the program must complete a Lesley University application. We encourage candidates to register for the application process as soon as possible, even if they are not prepared to submit all materials. 

Application materials will first be reviewed by Berwick Academy’s Teacher Apprentice Program Admissions Team, and accepted candidates will then have their applications reviewed by Lesley University for final admission to the program.

Step-by-step directions:
  • Contact the Director of the Teacher Apprentice Program, Ali Vandenburgh, avandenburgh@berwickacademy.org
  • Begin the online Lesley Application. We encourage you to begin the application process by inputting basic personal information and program interests as soon as possible, and upload additional materials as they are ready. 
  • Schedule a campus visit (on site or virtual, situation depending) and send a copy of your resume to Ali Vandenburgh.
  • After consideration by Berwick Academy, completed and accepted applications will be reviewed by Lesley University for final approval.
Admissions decisions for the 2024-2025 academic year will be made on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials and visit campus as soon as possible, as placement options do fill up (particularly for candidates interested in teaching secondary English or history). 
List of Application Requirements:
  • The Lesley University Online Application includes:
    1. Current Resume
    2. Two Letters of Recommendation - Ideally, one academic and one professional. The online application website will allow you to request recommendations electronically.
    3. Written Personal Statement (prompt detailed below)– Your written personal statement gives us insight into your purpose for pursuing a graduate program, your interest in and knowledge of the chosen area of focus, and your writing skills. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each application. We encourage you to prepare and review this statement thoughtfully before you submit it. 

  • Official Transcripts – Transcripts can be mailed or emailed to: Lesley University, Graduate Admissions Services, 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 or appstatus@lesley.edu
    If you’re enrolled in a degree program when you apply, submit your transcript of the courses you’ve taken to date. Submit your final official transcript once you’ve completed the degree program. 
    Your transcripts must be:
    • Conferred by regionally accredited colleges or universities
    • Original documents bearing the official institutional stamp
    • Received by Graduate Admissions Services in envelopes sealed by the sending institution, or sent electronically directly from the institution
Prompt for Written Personal Statement:

Lesley University's Graduate School of Education is guided by core values of democracy, equity, community, inquiry, professionalism, and leadership. The university is committed to practices fostering inclusion and social justice. Consider our core values while addressing the following in your statement: 
  • Your interests in the field of education and the specific graduate program to which you are applying. Highlight your beliefs on the responsibility of an educator to foster inclusion and social justice.
  • How your personal and professional experiences have influenced and prepared you to seek admission to the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University.
  • Any unusual or extenuating circumstances in your academic history (if applicable) and your plan for achieving success in your graduate program.

    Include your full name at the top of your written personal statement document. Your written personal statement should be:
    • 750–1000 words in length, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font 
Once a candidate receives acceptance from Berwick Academy into the TEACHING APPRENTICE PROGRAM, the application materials are reviewed by Lesley University for final consideration. After this time, a non-refundable $500 deposit, payable to Berwick Academy, is required to secure the candidate’s spot in the program. 

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 550 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 and Post-Graduates. Berwick students are from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and several countries. 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.