Graduate Assistantships and Opportunities

There are several types of assistantships available to SED graduate students. To be eligible for consideration, you must be admitted to or currently enrolled in a graduate program in SED.

To apply for a position, please send a resume, cover letter and additional items if specified to the contact person listed at the end of the applicable job description.

Please Note: Information on open positions for Fall 2015 is currently being collected. Positions will be posted here in early spring.

2014-2015 Academic Year:

Higher Education Administration Internships (open to SED graduate students in Higher Education Administration concentration only)

Boston University’s School of Education and Divisions of Student and Academic Affairs provide graduate internships for masters-level students specializing in higher education administration.  These internships reflect an emphasis on theory-to-practice and reflect the program’s broad-based administration curriculum.  Full-time students with no prior higher ed administration experience are expected to complete an internship and enroll in AP 801 for both the fall and spring semesters. This seminar is designed to support professional/career development vis-a-vis internship experiences. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for BU internships. However, based upon fit and need, students may also explore internships at other universities.

Graduate Intern, Student Affairs, BU Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers a four-year Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, a two-year Advanced Standing DMD program for internationally trained dentists and advanced certificates/degrees in ten dental specialties.

GDSM student Affairs strives to create a positive and engaging learning environment for over 800 students currently enrolled in our programs. The office advocates for all pre-doctoral and post-doctoral and serves as a first-line point of contact for those seeking assistance.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Passion for higher education and working with students
  • Strong attention to details
  • Collaborative working style
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook. Experience with Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop preferred but not required
  • Preference is given to candidates currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: Higher Education program

Primary Responsibilities: GDSM Student Affairs Graduate Intern is responsible for supporting the Assistant Dean of Students, the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, and two coordinators with all Student Affairs activities, events, and projects. This individual will be expected to communicate professionally with students, GDSM faculty, and staff while completing these tasks. The experience allows for candidates to learn about the following competencies:

  • Professional/graduate student support services
  • Development of student leadership
  • Event planning and management
  • Student/school programming
  • Academic advising and career resources
  • Working with international student population
  • Data analysis
  • Administrative office support and customer service

Research/Project Requirement: There is no requirement, however, the student is encouraged to develop an original project or engage in research that will improve some aspect of GDSM Student Affairs. The specific area can be based on the intern’s professional interest area. The Assistant Dean of Students and/or Assistant Director of Student Affairs would provide mentorship.

Weekly Time Commitment: 20-25 hours/week and occasional night and weekend shifts

Stipend: $1,200 monthly stipend

Application Process: Interested candidates should email a resume and letter of interest to GDSM Student Affairs at

BUILD Graduate Student Coordinator: Boston University Initiative for Literacy Development - 2014-2015 Academic Year & 2015 Summer Term

BUILD works in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools providing reading tutors to children in selected public schools, after school programs, and community centers.  BUILD is Boston University’s program responding to the federal America Reads Challenge.

Eligibility Requirements: All applicants must:

  • Be an entering or current graduate student in the School of Education, School of Social Work, or similar program
  • Be eligible for a Federal Work Study award (must qualify for need-based financial aid)
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills
  • Be committed to working with urban youth

Other preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of literacy development in children
  • Certification and experience in elementary education and/or reading
  • Experience with program administration and management
  • Knowledge of Boston

Primary Responsibilities: The Graduate Coordinator is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the BUILD program.  These responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting, interviewing, and selecting the tutoring corps of lead tutors
  • Developing public school and community tutoring sites, reviewing existing sites, making recommendations for new sites
  • Meeting with site directors to verify scheduling and program supervision
  • Addressing transportation needs of tutors
  • Developing and conducting training and orientation for tutoring corps
  • Supervising and training lead tutors
  • Reporting to Collaborative Office director and BUILD committee
  • Preparing reports and conducting evaluations

Weekly Time Commitment: 15 hours per week during academic year plus occasional weekends

Compensation: This is a paid position.  Compensation includes a combination of monthly salary and scholarship award of up to 1/3 full-time tuition.

Application Process and Deadline: Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Ruth Shane, Director. The cover letter should address, in part, applicant’s interest in literacy tutoring, leadership and management experience, and vision for working with urban children. Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Ruth Shane, Director, Collaborative Office, 621 Commonwealth Ave., Room 319, Boston, MA 02215 or

Contact Info for Supervisor: Ruth Shane, Director, Collaborative Office, 621 Commonwealth Ave., Room 319, Boston, MA 02215 or

FUEL Site Coordinator - 2014-2015 Academic Year

Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) is a non-profit organization, based in Boston, that works with low-income families to help them understand the pathway to higher education.  Working with community partners, FUEL Education provides knowledge, resources, connections and financial incentives that empower parents to propel their children into higher education.  Together Boston University and FUEL have created a partnership designed to more fully engage the parents of high school youth already enrolled in the University’s Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science programs that prepare Boston high school students for higher education.  The Boston Public Schools Collaborative Office (School of Education) and the Upward Bound programs are seeking a graduate student to serve as the site coordinator for FUEL to ensure that operations and communication with parents encourages participation.

Eligibility Requirements: All applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate program at Boston University that is concerned with reaching under-served families such as educational policy, counseling, social work, or non-profit management
  • Be able to work 10 hours/week
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Be able to work independently as well as to collaborate with other members of the team
  • Possess a solid understanding of the post-secondary educational system or desire to develop a critical understanding
  • Possess a strong interest in engaging parents in educational processes
  • Have experience or interest in developing community partnerships
  • Be comfortable working with diverse populations.

Other preferred qualifications:

  • Fluent in Spanish (writing and speaking)

Primary Responsibilities: The Site Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Director of Upward Bound and the Director of the Collaborative Office.  The Site Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating activities with FUEL staff and maintain participant records
  • Promoting FUEL at Upward Bound at Boston University
  • Recruiting families into the program and maintaining contact with them between monthly meetings
  • Acting as the liaison between FUEL Education and Upward Bound for meeting logistics (i.e., consistent time and location for monthly meetings)
  • Being present at monthly meetings known as Saving Circles to welcome families and make sure facilities are set up and ready, A/V is available, answer parent questions and generally coordinate event logistics

Weekly Time Commitment: 10 hours/week during academic year, primarily late afternoons and evenings with an occasional Saturday.

Compensation: This is a paid position – $5,000/semester (Fall & Spring). Compensation is paid weekly

Application Process and Deadline: Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Ruth Shane, Director, Collaborative Office, 621 Commonwealth Ave., Room 319, Boston, MA 02215

Contact Info for Supervisor: Ruth Shane, Director, Collaborative Office, 621 Commonwealth Ave., Room 319, Boston, MA 02215,

Office of Wellness & Prevention Services Intern - Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

Are you passionate about health education? Apply for a one-year part-time paid internship with BU Student Health Services in the Office of Wellness & Prevention Services.

Eligibility Requirements: This internship opportunity is for graduate students who have an interest in: student health and wellness; health education and promotion; community outreach; program development, implementation, and evaluation; and/or health communications.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a graduate program
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiastic, highly motivated, reliable, professional, and passionate about primary prevention.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with program facilitation and public speaking
  • Skills in Photoshop or other design programs
  • Ability to present written information in a visually-engaging, professional, and effective manner

Responsibilities: The intern will have the opportunity to be involved in:

  • Creating, delivering, evaluating, and marketing health education and promotion efforts
  • Planning and facilitating workshops and outreach events on various health-related topics including substance abuse, stress management, mental and sexual health, nutrition, etc.
  • Supporting our peer education program
  • Assisting with program administration.

Time Commitment: This is a full academic year internship beginning in the fall semester of 2014 (or mid-August 2014, depending on availability). The intern will be expected to complete 15 hours per week. Preferred availability is two days per week and must be available at least one evening per week.

Compensation: $12/hour.

Application Process and Deadline: Visit for more information and the online application. Applications must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Contact Info for Supervisor: Katharine Mooney, Wellness Coordinator, BU Student Health Services Office of Wellness & Prevention Services,, 617-358-0485.

Graduate Assistant for Physical Education/Health Education Programs - Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

Eligibility Requirement: No specific requirements but candidates with experience in physical and/or health education, with strong organizational skills and/or with administrative experience will be given priority.

Primary Responsibility: Assist the Program Director with a variety of tasks ranging from administrative tasks to literature reviews and other support as needed.

Weekly Time Commitment: 10 hours per week for the academic year.

Compensation: Paid $3,500/semester

Application Process and Deadline: Submit resume and cover letter explaining qualifications for the position to Dr. Sarah Benes by June 1st, 2014.

Contact Info for Supervisor: Sarah Benes, 617-353-3300,

Teaching Assistant for TL 525 Teaching English Language in Middle/High School - Fall 2014 &/or Spring 2015

Eligibility Requirement: Current EdM/MA or doctoral student in TESOL or one of the secondary content areas with training and/or experience with adolescent ELL students

Primary Responsibility:

  • Grade discussion board postings or reading/discussion guides and lesson plan components.
  • Help with website management and some record keeping.
  • Attend all classes.
  • Facilitate small group discussions.
  • Meet with students for Q&A sessions twice during the semester to resolve lesson. planning questions.

Weekly Time Commitment: 6 hours/week

Compensation: Paid

Application Process and Deadline: If interested, please contact the supervisor to set up an appointment time.

Contact Info for Supervisor:

For Fall 2014 – Professor Christina Dobbs,

For Spring 2015 - Professor Marnie,

Teaching Fellow for ED 100: Introduction to Education - Fall 2014 and/or Spring 2015

ED 100 is a Foundations of Education course for undergraduate students.

Eligibility Requirements: Graduate student (doctoral preferred) with two or more years of full-time teaching experience in pre k-12 schools. Applicants should have proven ability to mark, grade, and assist students with writing.


  • Lead discussions group of 15 undergraduates
  • Manage and supervise the same group of students in local public school
  • Mark and grade papers and final exam
  • Co-plan learning activities and assessments with professor and other TFs.

Time Commitment: 20 hours per week (one morning, one full school day, office hours, etc.)

  • Class: Mondays 8am – 1pm
  • Field: Wednesdays, 7:30 – 2:30
  • Student assistance
  • Reading and planning

Compensation: Stipend of $10,000 per semester, as well as tuition remission for up to 8 credits at the SED evening tuition rate, and health insurance credit.

Application Process: Interested students should send a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample (preferred writing sample should be about classroom practice). to Professor Phil Tate.

Contact Information: Professor Phil Tate,, 617-721-5509

Teaching Fellow for ED 500: Foundations of Educational Practices- Fall 2014

Teaching Fellow for ED 500, which is an educational foundations course for graduate students.

Eligibility Requirements: Graduate student (doctoral preferred) with at least one semester of prior TF work in ED100 or ED 500

Responsibilities: This position involves some modest grading and field supervision for pre-practica for students from across different graduate programs, at different levels, and in different schools.

Time Commitment: 15 hours/week for 15 weeks

Compensation: Stipend of $10,000 per semester, as well as tuition remission for up to 8 credits at the SED evening tuition rate, and health insurance credit.

Application Process: Interested students should send a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample (preferred writing sample should be about classroom practice). to Professor Phil Tate.

Contact Information: Professor Phil Tate, and Professor Steve Ellenwood,

Teaching Assistant for ED 410/412: Social Context of Education/Civic Context of Education - Fall 2014

Teaching Fellow for ED 410/412

Eligibility Requirements: Graduate student (doctoral preferred) with teaching experience

Responsibilities: To assist with the preparation, coordination, collection of assignments and grading of the course.

Time Commitment: The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 2:00

Compensation: The position is paid $4,000, as well as tuition remission for up to 8 credits at the SED evening tuition rate.

Application Process: Interested students should send a letter of interest and resume to Roger Harris

Contact Information:  Professor Roger Harris,

Teaching Assistant, ED 212: Introduction to Positive Psychology - Fall 2014

Teaching Assistant for ED 212, a 2-credit course that only runs the first half of the Fall semester

Eligibility Requirements: Student must have already taken a Positive Psychology course

Primary Responsibilities: The TA is responsible for grading and facilitating various activities during class. The TA must attend every course.

Weekly Time Commitment: 6 – 10 hours/week

Compensation: Paid $3,500

Application Process and Deadline: Please submit a resume and letter of interest and qualifications to Professor Amy Baltzell

Contact Info for Supervisor: Professor Amy Baltzell,

Teaching Assistant, DE 500: Introduction to the Deaf World - Fall 2014

Teaching Assistant for Professor Bruce Bucci.

Eligibility Requirements: Prior knowledge of Deaf Culture/History/Community. Must have fluency in ASL

Primary Responsibilities: The Teaching Assistant will work directly with Professor Bucci in all aspects of the course.

Weekly Time Commitment: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2 – 3:30 pm

Compensation: Paid $3,500

Application Process and Deadline: Please submit a resume and letter of interest and qualifications to Professor Bucci 

Contact Info for Supervisor: As above.

Grader or Teaching Assistant for LS 560 Introduction to Language and Language Acquisition - Fall 2014

Eligibility Requirements: Current Ed.M/MA students in Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language, Psychology, Language Education, SLP, or related field who has taken Introduction to Linguistics and/or Language Acquisition or the equivalent


Grader: Grading of weekly assignments, midterm, and Final Exam, as well as meeting with the professor when needed.

TA: All of the above duties for a grader plus scanning documents, helping to create assignments, helping with classroom and website management, and attending classes.

Time Commitment:

Grader: 2-4 hours/week

TA: 6 hours/week

Compensation: Position is paid

Application Process: If interested, please contact Professor Julie Coppola

Contact Information: Professor Julie Coppola,

Teaching Assistant for SED LS 565: Applied Linguistics: Language & Linguistics Survey - Fall 2014

Eligibility Requirement: Strong knowledge of linguistics, theoretical and applied. The likely candidate would be a master’s or doctoral student in the Program in Applied Linguistics at GRS. Students in related programs are also welcome to apply.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Running Lab Sections as needed – The TA is expected to attend each class meeting as partial preparation for running the lab sections. It is anticipated that a number of the students will not be familiar with some or all of the linguistics topics covered. Weekly lab sections are needed, particularly for the first 2/3 of the semester. Topics that will need to be covered are likely to include: lexical categories, syntax, morphology, and phonology.
  2. Grading – The TA is expected to do a first pass using pencil for scoring. All problem sets and exams are returned within one week; therefore, the firs pass grading must be submitted to the faculty within four days.
  3. Spread Sheets – The TA is responsible for creating and maintaining spreadsheets with data concerning the students’ progress.
  4. Incidentals – The TA may also provide assistance with powerpoints, student response systems, or other technical and/or logistic aspects of the course as requested.

Weekly Time Commitment: 

  • Class: Wednesday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Lab Sections: times to be mutually determined between TA and students (two sections/week is the norm for the first 1/2 to 2/3 of the semester)
  • Office hours: 2 hours/week

Compensation: Position is paid at $3,500

Application Process and Deadline: Any combination of CV, BU transcript, interview, recommendation from Applied Linguistics Faculty, such as Jonathan Barnes, Carol Neidle, Paul Hagstrom

Contact Info for Supervisor: Dr. Marnie Reed,, 617-353-1811

Teaching Assistant for SED PE 211 Movement Education - Fall 2014

Assists the instructor with: planning and implementing experiences for students in a local school, grading and other activities to facilitate the course

Eligibility Requirement: No specific requirements but candidates with experience in education, physical education, and/or mentoring students will be given priority.

Primary Responsibility:

  • Assisting with the development of learning activities
  • Grading
  • Organizing the Hennigan practicum experience
  • Assisting with course evaluation

Weekly Time Commitment: TA for two sections of PE 211 form 11:oo am – 12:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday with an additional 2-5 hours of work per week.

Compensation: Position is paid at $1,750

Application Process and Deadline: Submit resume and cover letter explaining qualifications for the position to Dr. Sarah Benes by June 1st, 2014.

Contact Info for Supervisor: Sarah Benes, 617-353-3300,

Grader for TL 509 Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Fall 2014

Eligibility Requirements: Doctoral candidate (or post EdM) in language and literacy or applied linguistics.

Responsibilities: Evaluate and grade research papers and journal article summaries and critiques.

Time Commitment: Concentrated time in November and early December, approximately 35 hours).

Compensation: Position is paid $3,500

Application Process: Personal interview with Professor Molinsky is required. Must be decided by mid October. Interested students should contact Professor Steven Molinsky.

Contact Information: Professor Steven Molinsky,, 617-353-3233.

Teaching Assistant for TL 511 Teaching Modern Foreign Language - Fall 2014

This is a teaching assistant position with a pre-practicum component.

Eligibility Requirements: Earned Master’s degree in Modern Foreign Language Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, or related field. Preference for doctoral students in Language and Literacy Education.

Responsibilities: Assist instructor of TL 511:

  • Attend weekly class meetings,
  • Facilitate small group work,
  • Assist instructor with grading,
  • Visit field sites.

Time Commitment: 6 hours/week

Compensation: Position is paid

Application Process: If interested, please contact Professor Julie Coppola

Contact Information: Professor Julie Coppola,

Tech/Media Assistant for TL 512 Computer-Assisted Language Learning - Fall 2014

Responsibilities: Duties include assisting students with presentations during and outside of class time.  Also include assisting students preparing for class, managing logins and passwords, downloading & installing software on student laptops, cacheing specified digital video clip illustrations.

Time Commitment: Wednesday, 4 – 7 pm plus 2 additional hours/week; 5 hours/week.

Compensation: Position is paid $15/hour

Application Process: If interested, please contact Professor Karen Price

Contact Information: Professor Karen Price,

Research Assistant - Fall 2014

Job Description: Research assistant on a research project investigating the extent to which two types of preschool environments provide support for the language development of low-income children. Data will be collected on the beliefs, reported practices, and actual practices of home- and center-based preschool educators with regard to creating a supportive language environment in their preschool setting.

Eligibility Requirement: Although not requirements, the ideal research assistant will have experience working with young children and/or knowledge about language and literacy development.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities for the research assistant position would include contacting study participants, scheduling interviews and visits, contributing to the creation of measures, collecting data, and entering data.

Time Commitment: The research assistant that fills this position will be expected to work 5-10 hours per week. Work time is often flexible and can be done on a schedule that works for the individual.

Compensation: Students may work for academic credit or on a volunteer basis

Application Process: If interested, please contact Professor Julie Dwyer

Contact Information: Professor Julie Dwyer,

Teaching Assistant for SED PE 375 Psychology of Sport - Spring 2015

Eligibility Requirement: Preference to a graduate student in Sport Psychology or Counseling Psychology who has taken an undergraduate course in sport and exercise psychology.

Primary Responsibility: Assist in grading, student support, and class coordination. Class attendance is expected and occasional class leadership

Weekly Time Commitment: variable 3-10 hours/week

Compensation: Position is paid.

Application Process and Deadline: Please contact Professor Adam Naylor for more information

Contact Information for Supervisor: Professor Adam Naylor,

Teaching Assistant for SED CE 705 Lifespan Development - Spring 2015

Eligibility Requirement: Doctoral Student with teaching experience and background in human development.

Primary Responsibility:

  • Attend course weekly (day/time TBD)
  • Help prepare PowerPoint presentations
  • Co-teach at least once during the semester
  • Assist with development and implementation of in-class activities
  • Assist with grading

Weekly Time Commitment: 10 hours/week

Compensation: Position is paid $3,500

Application Process and Deadline: Please submit an application letter and CV by October 30, 2014

Contact Information for Supervisor: Dr. Kathleen Corriveau, 617-353-3259,

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