Fellows will receive a stipend of $32,800 per year with full medical, dental, and vision benefits. Full tuition ($14,508, in 2023-2024) is included for both years of the fellowship. Health and wellness benefits, a subsidized computer purchase program, and additional summer employment opportunities are available.
4 Year Degree
2 openings available.
ELEMENTARY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHING FELLOW START DATE: AUGUST 2023
OUR MISSION University Child Development School designs a culture of inquiry essential to meaningful learning. We cultivate reflective, collaborative, skillful thinkers who ignite positive change in their communities. We engage diverse perspectives in an ongoing effort to shape and share our innovative education model.
OUR SCHOOL UCDS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational hub—a dynamic learning environment for students and teachers alike, located in Seattle’s University District. UCDS comprises three schools under one mission that, together, elevate teaching and learning. UCDS Schools include:
the Early Elementary and Elementary independent school,
the Infants-Toddler School, and
the Graduate School of Education
The Early Elementary and Elementary School serves roughly 350 students, with 50% of families identifying as families of color and 1 in 6 families receiving tuition assistance. The Infant-Toddler School serves an additional 36 children. Combined, the schools for children have 65 full-time faculty with an average tenure of 11 years.
In 2020, UCDS launched the Graduate School of Education with a Master of Education degree program. The UCDS Graduate School of Education engages educators to develop, extend, and deepen their practice and passion for learning and leading. UCDS Schools are supported by the UCDS Institute, formed in 2003 to elevate the teaching profession by providing professional development resources and services. The Institute supports faculty in each of the UCDS Schools and beyond. The UCDS Institute houses the Teaching Fellowship Program.
UCDS FELLOWSHIP The UCDS Teaching Fellowship provides early career and aspiring educators the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in education while immersed in a two-year teaching fellowship at an innovative independent school in Seattle, WA. Fellows participate in the full teaching life with the support of experienced mentor teachers and advisors. The teaching environment allows fellows to directly apply what they are learning in the graduate program to the classroom setting. Fellows develop an understanding of how classroom and school culture impact learning and develop their reflective practice skills.
TEACHING AT UCDS Fellows are part of a collaborative grade-level teaching team. On this team, they:
Partner closely with mentor teachers
Plan, develop, and implement curriculum
Instruct and assess students
Lead small and large groups of students in different curricular areas
Participate in professional development opportunities
Contribute to all school community duties such as lunch/recess and the Quiet Start program
M.ED. PROGRAM Fellows attend the UCDS Graduate School of Education, where they focus their educational lens on the philosophies and practices that promote cultures of inquiry and excitement for learning. We aim for our graduates to build the dynamic skills of great teaching that are often missed in traditional programs—those needed to shape culture, collaborate to ensure meaningful learning for all students, and design innovative curricula. Graduate students experience:
The opportunity to weave their learning into their teaching practice through practicum work.
A cohort of peer educators who build shared understanding, encourage academic risk, and provide constructive feedback.
Capstone action research that contributes to understanding how school culture shapes education and sets a professional path.
An emphasis on process, practice, and skill in the core areas of collaboration, reflection, inquiry, and innovation.
Courses take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings over six quarters in two academic years (fall, winter, and spring). Summers are open for additional work or personal opportunities.
Ideal candidates have:
Willingness to collaborate professionally in service of learning
Enthusiasm to try new things and think flexibly
Demonstrated commitment to education
Strong work ethic
Excitement for being mentored
Commitment to advancing a diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching and learning environment
Enthusiasm and ambition to earn a master’s degree in education while completing an intensive teaching fellowship
UCDS is a dynamic learning environment for students and teachers alike, located in Seattle’s University District.
UCDS designs a culture of inquiry essential to meaningful learning. We cultivate reflective, collaborative, skillful thinkers who ignite positive change in their communities. We engage diverse perspectives in an ongoing effort to shape and share our innovative education model.