The Claremont Fellows program is an 18-month teaching residency and master’s program offered in partnership with Alliance College Ready Public Schools.
The key aim of the Claremont Fellows program is to empower diverse Fellows with the critical social justice and evidence-based competencies and experiences they need to:
- Recognize and maximize their own insights and expertise
- Improve students’ agency and achievement
- Enact critical social justice and cultivate a fertile ecology for all students’ productive activity and learning
- Be resilient as new teachers and within long careers in education
Modeled after medical residencies, teacher residencies best prepare effective teachers for marginalized populations. Recognizing that residencies are often prohibitively expensive for teacher candidates, the Claremont Fellows program offers a living stipend, scholarship/tuition support, and a guaranteed job at an Alliance charter school after graduation.
Funding & Benefits
In exchange for a commitment to teach for three years in an Alliance school after completing the residency, Claremont Fellows receive:
- Year-long residency opportunity with an effective teacher in an Alliance school
- $45,000 living stipend during the residency
- $21,000 scholarship/tuition support
- Guaranteed job at an Alliance Charter school after graduating from the program
- High-quality, evidence-based, critical social justice induction program for two years after the residency leading to a California “clear” or permanent credential
- Simultaneous, integrated master’s and credential coursework
- Cohort model to support professional and personal community
- Dynamic academic and clinical support from diverse critical social justice educators
Claremont Fellows pursue an MA in Education and a single-subject or special education California Preliminary Teaching Credential:
- Single Subject Math, Science, English, Social Sciences, Spanish
- Special Education Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe
Timeline For 2021-2022 Cohort
|Priority application deadline||November 1, 2020|
|Final deadline||Rolling admissions thru April 1, 2021|
|Summer Start||May 2021|
|MA & Credential coursework||May 2021 – July 2022|
|Induction||2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years|
Timeline For 2022-2023 Cohort
|Priority application deadline||November 1, 2021|
|Final deadline||Rolling admissions thru April 1, 2022|
|Spring Start||January 2022|
|Summer Start||May 2022|
|MA & Credential coursework||Jan/May 2022 – July 2023|
|Induction||2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years|
- Completed BA or BS, minimum GPA 3.0
- Passed the California Basic Education Skills Tests (CBEST), which measures aptitude in reading, writing, and mathematics and must only be passed once
- Registered for the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET), a multi-version test for which you take the version for the credential you’re earning
- Willingness to commit to teaching in Alliance Schools for 3 years following completion of the program
For More Information
Reach out if you would like more information or have any questions about the Claremont Fellows program.
How to Apply
If you are ready to apply:
- Complete and submit this informal preliminary application of interest.
- Begin your CGU application.
- Study for and pass the CBEST
- Study for and register to take the CSET
- Secure 3 letters of recommendation from former professors or supervisors; at least one should speak to your experience working with youth.
The overall commitment is 4 years: an 18-month MA and Credential program, and a subsequent 3-year commitment to teaching in an Alliance school.
Spring Semester: Fellows will begin their graduate coursework and participate in guided observations to prepare them to engage in their residency productively.
Summer Term: Fellows will take literacy and methods coursework and participate in pre-teaching.
Fall & Spring Semesters: Fellows will work full-time as residents in schools, attend graduate and clinical coursework on Saturdays, and participate in a Clinical Practicum at an Alliance school site (with their resident coaches and other Alliance colleagues).
Summer Term: Fellows will take master’s electives and a capstone course.
Subsequent Fall & Spring Semesters: Induction coursework, including a monthly Special Topics in Social Justice course, that leads to a permanent California Teaching Credential.
Because the living stipends are funded through a grant with specific parameters, anyone who does not complete three years in Alliance schools will need to repay the living stipend.
Teachers who completed residency programs notably outperformed novice and veteran teachers from other pathways by their fourth year teaching, especially with marginalized students (Papay, et al., 2011). The gradual release of responsibility within a residency is based on medical education models, and prepares teacher candidates to understand the complexity of teaching before taking responsibility for students.
The program operates from the premise that schools are not neutral, society is stratified along social group lines, and inequality is deeply and structurally embedded. Our program supports Fellows in understanding this landscape so they can then actively seek to change the deep structures and inequity that undermines students’ success an opportunity (Sensoy & DiAngelo, 2017). Through this reiterative process, teachers can both empower students (households, and communities) with the resources they need to navigate an unjust world with empathy and savvy, and chip away at injustice.