Collaboration keeps the TTC fresh and relevant in its important work of preparing teachers to provide an equitable education for all children. Independent schools and public schools throughout the United States repeatedly hire TTC graduates because they value the quality of their training.
The Teacher Training Course partners with a few public schools in Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Lexington, and Brookline. Schools in these districts enable apprentices to see and experience different models of teaching children. With the rise of English Language Learners in Massachusetts, it is important for apprentices to gain practical experience teaching these students. Anywhere from 30% to 60% of Shady Hill's apprentices complete their spring practicum in a public school. The director and assistant director of the TTC supervise apprentices both on and off Shady Hill's campus and facilitate professional development workshops for mentor teachers from all of our partnering schools.
The TTC's decades-old partnerships with Lesley University and Tufts University provide apprentices with an opportunity to merge theory with practice every day. These partnerships also enable our faculty at Shady Hill School to keep abreast of the latest educational research, teach graduate courses as adjunct faculty at Lesley University, and connect with other educators who train teachers.
Teacher Licensure and the TTC
Shady Hill's Teacher Training Course is an approved program for initial licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. A master's degree is not required in order to acquire an initial teaching license in Massachusetts. Upon satisfactory completion of the TTC — with or without completion of a master's program -- and the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs), graduates are able to obtain their initial license in early childhood, elementary, middle school humanities, middle school math, middle school math, or middle school math and science education.
Due to recent changes in the state's licensure requirements, all participants in the TTC must take a graduate level course in Sheltered English Immersion. This course is included in Lesley's master's degree programs; licensure-only and Tufts University master's students must register for this course in addition to their TTC enrollment.
Once licensed in Massachusetts, teachers are eligible for licensure in approximately 40 other states under the reciprocal interstate agreement, though additional steps may be required by each state.
Master of Education from Lesley University
The Teacher Training Course has collaborated with Lesley University for more than 40 years to offer apprentice teachers a yearlong apprenticeship and the opportunity to earn a master's degree in early childhood, elementary and middle school education, focusing their coursework on pedagogy related to their desired field. Apprentices who wish to earn a master's degree concurrently with their TTC work must complete application processes through both the TTC and Lesley University. Master of Arts - Tufts University/Shady Hill School Cooperative
The TTC began it’s partnership with Tufts in 1984 to offer apprentices who have earned undergraduate degrees in English, history, mathematics, and physical science with an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in education in these disciplines. Many of Tufts courses focus on content, rather than pedagogy, and are geared toward aspiring secondary school teachers. Students take eight education and arts & sciences courses at Tufts University to meet the requirements of a Master of Arts degree through Tufts's Department of Education. Apprentices who wish to earn a master's degree concurrently with their TTC work must complete application processes through both the TTC and Tufts University.
For more information about Tufts University's application process and the courses, go to this website.