The partnership between Teach For America Greater Boston and Boston University is based on a shared commitment to increasing equity in urban education. The program lasts for two years, and it has been designed to meet the needs of TFA Corps members serving in the districts of Boston, Cambridge, Revere, Chelsea, Fall River, New Bedford, and Lawrence. Specifically, the purposes of this program are to:
- Support the development of beginning teachers as they work to increase student learning and make academic gains in their classrooms and schools
- Provide coursework that establishes a theoretical and pedagogical framework for beginning teachers, as well as coursework that will result in the creation of practical, meaningful classroom strategies in teachers’ respective content areas
- Develop ways to build positive relationships with students, staff, and families
- Better understand and facilitate urban education in low-income communities
- Elicit professional development and personal reflection
- Increase corps members’ abilities to support urban education whether they stay in teaching or go on to other careers
BU/TFA students will take courses sufficient to fulfill state licensure requirements in their grade level and subject area with the option to fulfill requirements to earn a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching. The courses needed for licensure-only and/or the master’s degree will be completed as corps members work full-time as teachers.
BU/TFA students generally take one course per semester; courses generally meet once per week and most courses are designed to meet corps members’ time constraints. Some classes are comprised only of TFA Greater Boston students; other classes have both BU/TFA students as well as BU students in the School of Education. Courses are taught by Boston University faculty.