Coverdell Fellows

A Fellowship Opportunity for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers


Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development has teamed up with the Peace Corps to offer the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, an initiative that provides graduate school financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in a high-need area in the community.

Our Master of Education (EdM) in Special Education prepares teachers to serve in inclusive and special education classrooms and other settings. The Coverdell Fellows who are accepted into the program will have options including eligibility to earn a license in Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (grades PreK-8 or 5-12). As part of this academic program, students teach in a full-time, full-year paid internship in a high-need area in metro Boston.

Special benefits of the Coverdell Fellowship include:

  • Paid teaching internship (approximately $12,000)
  • 33% tuition scholarship
  • Application fee waiver

The EdM in Special Education program incorporates the content areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts into the study of curriculum development, assessment, and differentiating the curriculum for all learners working at, above, and below grade level. In this program, teachers will acquire the knowledge, skills, and disposition to:

  • Understand the impact of disabilities on learning and the special education process
  • Assess children to determine their learning strengths and areas of need
  • Collaborate with the family and team to promote a positive learning environment
  • Design curriculum that engages and promotes every child’s learning

Designed for New or Experienced Teachers

The special education master’s program is designed to prepare both experienced teachers who currently hold a license to teach as well as those new to the field of teaching and education. Candidates participate in a full-time, year-long, paid teaching internship in a public school in a high need area with courses meeting in the evening, weekend, and summer. This intensive residency program provides close collaboration, both in your school setting and with Wheelock faculty and classmates. Depending on individual needs and a previous license and coursework, the program can be completed in 14 to 24 months, requiring up to 52 credits of courses.

Candidates will be prepared to teach in inclusive or special education settings in public or private schools.

Visit the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship website

How to Apply

Wheelock admissions takes a holistic approach to a candidate’s application and considers all aspects of a candidate’s background, including professional experience, academic performance, and strong involvement in co-curricular and community activities. Up to two Coverdell fellows will be selected each year.

The following are required:

  • Graduate Application, including all required application materials
  • Signed copy of the Peace Corps description of service document emailed to whegrad@bu.edu before submitting graduate application
  • Interview with a faculty member (which can be completed in person or on the phone if the candidate is not in the Greater Boston area)
  • Once admitted as a BU Wheelock Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow, candidates will interview at a prospective public school to ensure a teaching internship placement.

Contact Information

  • For questions related to the master’s program, please contact Dr. Stephanie Cox Suárez at scsuarez@bu.edu.
  • For admissions questions, please contact Julia Cocca, Director of Graduate Enrollment, at  jmcocca@bu.edu.