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Welcome to the Teacher Training Course

"The development of the person is really the most important element in the education of a teacher.
No amount of technique or scholarship can make a good teacher out of a person who is afraid of experience."

Katharine Taylor, TTC Founder & first Director of Shady Hill School
Learn To Teach By Teaching

Shady Hill's nationally known Teacher Training Course (TTC) is a graduate-level teacher preparation program that provides aspiring teachers with well-guided experiences in pre-K through eighth-grade classrooms. In this one year, site-based program, apprentice teachers discover what teaching is all about through observation, supervised teaching, workshops, seminars, and continuous involvement in the life of the school. The whole cohort spends the fall semester in Shady Hill classrooms; apprentices can choose either a public school or Shady Hill-based placement for the spring.

The TTC is an approved program with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon completion of the program, apprentices earn initial licensure in
  • Early Childhood (pre-k-2)
  • Elementary (1-6)
  • Middle School Humanities (5-8)
  • Middle School Mathematics (5-8) - NEW!
  • Middle School Science (5-8) - NEW!
  • Middle School Math and Science (5-8)
Some participants choose to enroll solely in the TTC, though most also participate in a partnering master's program at Lesley. For more information about our various partnerships, follow the link in the green box to the left. For the 2015–2016 school year, our partnership with Tufts is on hold. As a result, we are unable to accept applications for the Shady Hill-Tufts program at this time.

Shady Hill's TTC is one of the most respected teacher residency programs in the United States. We advise schools and districts throughout the state, across the country, and around the world about the best ways to train teachers for long, rewarding, and influential careers. More than 1,400 teachers have graduated from Shady Hill's Teacher Training Course since its inception in 1928.
Why TTC?
City Year LACY Partnership
A Leadership After City Year (LACY) Partnership with Shady Hill's Teacher Training Course strengthens an applicant's chances of being admitted to the TTC. Read more about this partnership here.
Boasting similar missions and emphasizing practical experience from the beginning, the TTC has been an excellent next step for Breakthrough alumni, who have an advantage in the TTC admissions process.