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Strategic Initiatives

MassTeach

Overview

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MassTeach is a program designed to recruit and support more STEM teachers of color who start their college careers at a community college.

Contact

Allison Little
Assistant Commissioner, P-16 Alignment and Outreach
Principal Investigator, MassTeach
(617) 994-6935
alittle@dhe.mass.edu

Duration

2018 – Present

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Student Identities
Partnerships

Multiple Campuses

Related Initiatives

MassTransfer

Background

MassTeach is a program that is designed to recruit more teachers of color into K12 classrooms by intentionally partnering with community colleges. Students who are studying a STEM field at any of the fifteen Massachusetts community college and are interested in giving back to their community through teaching should consider applying to MassTeach. Students who are selected to be MassTeach Scholars will be part of a program with other people in MassTeach. As a group, Scholars will receive advising, testing support, tutoring, and be part of a community. MassTeach Scholars will receive up to $15,000 each year for their efforts as they complete their baccalaureate degree in a STEM field and their license to teach ($30,000 total). In return, MassTeach Scholars commit to teaching in a high-needs district for four years. 

Who Can Apply

For the Fall 2022–Spring 2023 application period, any Massachusetts community college student is eligible to apply. Students should be studying a STEM field and need to be interested in teaching. Specific requirements to apply include:

  • Students of color are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and for teaching
  • On the pathway to transferring to a partner state university
    • Bridgewater State
    • Fitchburg State
    • MCLA
    • UMass Amherst
    • Westfield State
    • Worcester State
  • Be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident

Students are welcome to apply anytime before they are ready to transfer to a partner university.  Students who have earned less than 45 credits can apply as early admits.  Students who are accepted as early admits will need to complete their Associate’s degree requirements before joining the MassTeach program. 

Prior to beginning at the university, it is the expectation that all MassTeach Scholars will have passed*:

  • Introduction to Education
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Adolescent or Developmental Psychology
  • The Communications & Literacy MTEL exam

*If a student has not passed the Communications and Literacy MTEL, we still encourage you to apply. The MTEL can be taken during the spring or summer, but the expectation is that a student has passed it before enrolling at the university. Additionally, Introduction to Education will be offered during Summer 2023 for those students who have not taken it previously. 

How to Apply

The application period is open and applying is easy! Students should submit all materials electronically to Allison Little (alittle@dhe.mass.edu). Applications are due on March 24, 2023.

  • Open the MassTeach application. You may find it helpful to write your responses in a saved word document in case you accidentally close the window; once you are satisfied with what you have written, you will then want to copy and paste your responses into each text box. Do NOT print and/or send the responses separately. Your application has not been received until you click on the green “submit” button.
  • Obtain a copy of your most recent transcript (unofficial copies will be accepted). Upload it as part of your application.
  • Request a letter of recommendation from a STEM or education professor from your community college. Recommendations can be sent directly to Allison Little (alittle@dhe.mass.edu) with the subject line “MassTeach Application: Recommendation for (name of applicant)”.
  • All application materials (application form, transcription, and recommendations are due by March 24, 2023.
  • Please direct all questions to Allison Little (alittle@dhe.mass.edu).

FAQs

I haven’t earned my Associate’s degree yet. Should I still apply?

Students officially become MassTeach Scholars when they transfer to the university. Students should apply in the spring before they are transferring or any semester before then. We highly encourage students to complete an Associate’s degree prior to transferring because students need to be entering as a junior (a student with 60-credits or more toward a degree) to be eligible to receive the money the scholarship funds.

What happens if I don’t complete the program?

Students who receive money and leave MassTeach prior to graduating will need to pay back the funds that they already received.

What happens if I complete the program but end up teaching less than the four years I committed to?

We really hope that all MassTeach Scholars complete their four-year commitment and continue to teach well beyond that. However, we know that life happens, and you may need to leave the classroom. You have 8 years to complete your 4 year commitment, so you can leave and come back to the classroom if absolutely necessary. If you are unable to do that, then you will be required to pay back a portion of the funds you received. For example, if you teach for 2 years, then you keep $10,000 and must return $10,000 since you fulfilled half of your commitment. If you teach for 1 year, then you would keep $5,000 and return $15,000. If you teach for 3 years, leave the classroom due to medical issues or family obligations, and come back to teach another year, then you keep the $20,000 and do not need to pay anything back. Any funds that are not repaid through teaching service will be converted into a loan at a 5% fixed-interest rate.

Repayment through Service Schedule Example

% of Award Received Forgiveness Rate Per Year of Teaching
100% ($20,000) 1st year of teaching
2nd year of teaching
3rd year of teaching
4th year of theaching
25%
25%
25%
25%
75% ($15,000) 1st year of teaching
2nd year of teaching
3rd year of teaching
33 1/3%
33 1/3%
33 1/3%
50% ($10,000) 1st year of teaching
2nd year of teaching
50%
50%
25% ($5,000) 1st year of teaching 100%

 

Why is this limited to only certain schools for 2023?

MassTeach is in its third year and now is accepting applications from students attending any of the fifteen community colleges in Massachusetts. However, scholarship funding is only available to students who attend one of the three state universities that are part of the pilot: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Westfield State University, or Worcester State University.

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