Application Information

"Our aim is to encourage schools and districts...all over the country to provide more opportunities for genuine, authentic teacher leadership that don't require giving up a daily role in the classroom." Arne Duncan in "Teach to Lead: Advancing Teacher Leadership"

All candidates for admission to the Teacher Leadership Program (AGS, Jewish Day School Fellowship and Ed.M.) must submit a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) application. The usual $75 application fee has been waived for this program. **Use the code TL2018 on the second to last page of your application to activate the waiver**

Please note carefully the specific application requirements for the Teacher Leadership Program as not all sections of the GSAS application are necessary for your application to be considered complete.

The following sections are required:

  • Personal Information
  • Program Information
  • Resume (see details below)
  • Educational Record
  • Recommendation Information (see details below)
  • Statement of Purpose

Successful candidates to the EdM and AGS programs will have at least 3 years of teaching experience. Teachers from Jewish day schools applying for the Teacher Leader Fellowship must have at least 5 years of teaching experience.

Recommendation Information

Candidates to this program must submit names of two recommenders. One of these must be the head of school or principal, and the second must be a colleague. The recommendation letters should take the form of:

A Letter of Endorsement from a teaching colleague attesting to your instructional excellence and leadership potential.

A Letter of Nomination from the principal or head of school that includes:

  • A commitment to learn more about supporting teacher leadership either by attending a principals' workshop at Brandeis or by completing an online webinar on teacher leadership
  • A commitment to provide authentic leadership opportunities for the participating teacher(s)* during and after the program.

The letter of nomination should address the following questions:

  1. How would you characterize this person's teaching? Would you say that s/he is an effective, even exemplary, teacher?
  2. Will other teachers have confidence in this person as a leader of teacher learning? On what are you basing this assessment?
  3. What role(s) would you like this teacher to play in the school?
  4. How would this teacher's leadership help your school to achieve its instructional goals?

Statement of Purpose
You will be asked to submit responses to two of the following three questions (select either 1 or 2; and 3):

  1. Describe one significant change in your classroom teaching practice. Why did you undertake this change? What challenges did you encounter? How well is it working and how do you know?; OR
  2. Describe a change that you tried to initiate in your school. Why did you undertake this change? What challenges did you encounter? How well is it working and how do you know?; AND
  3. What experiences and capacities do you bring to teacher leadership? What new understandings and skills do you want to develop?

If you are applying to the AGS or the EdM (not the Jewish Day School Fellowship) and want to be considered for financial aid, please also include a narrative account of your financial need. Be as specific as possible, including information about student loans, family responsibilities, and/or other financial challenges.

Other Application Requirements

The GRE is not required for admission to the Teacher Leadership Program.

Applicants may be interviewed as part of the review process. The interview may be done in-person if the applicant is able to meet with the committee on campus or via video conference online. 

Application deadlines

  • Early Decision deadline for EdM and AGS: January 31, 2019. Teachers who complete their application by January 31 will be notified of admission by February 28. For all applications completed after January 31, we will revert to rolling admissions until the cohort is full.
  • Regular application deadline for EdM and AGS: May 1, 2019
  • Jewish Day School Fellowship deadline: January 31, 2019. Enrollment is limited to 15. We will begin sending out acceptance letters in mid-March.

International Students

Due to the part time nature of the program, international applicants requiring an F-1 visa are ineligible to participate in this program.  If you have other questions regarding visa status and or eligibility, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office at (781) 736-3480 or by e-mail.

Summer Semester dates

Summer 2019: July 1-July 18

Summer 2020: July 6 - July 23 

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