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TTC Admission Info


The TTC seeks a diverse group of talented men and women who care deeply about children, are excited about learning, and are serious about becoming teachers. Demonstrated interest in and some experience working with children is required, but previous education coursework is not necessary. The TTC is designed for people with no more than one year of formal teaching experience as a student teacher or intern.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with significant coursework in the liberal arts and sciences from an accredited college or university. Previous coursework in education is not necessary, but strong content knowledge in math, science, and humanities is expected of all applicants to our middle school programs. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

TTC Admissions Timeline

The TTC enrolls 15-18 apprentices per year. The admission process is highly competitive and spaces tend to fill early. Applicants are encouraged to submit all paperwork and visit the campus for admission interviews as early as possible.

(all materials 
must be
received by
this date)
Last Day for
Tours &
Admission &
Financial Aid
Decision Letters
1 November 15 November 26 December 17 January 6
2 January 31 February 14 March 4 March 10
3 March 14 March 26 March 31 April 7

Financial aid and fellowship materials must be submitted with your application for admission. Admission decisions are made without regard to financial need, but financial aid is offered at the time as admission, so all paperwork must come in together. Fellowship decisions are made after the final round of admission decisions.

TTC Application Process

All applicants are required to submit all of the following:
  • a completed TTC application form and essay
  • a resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including at least one academic and one professional reference
  • official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • a $50 application fee (payable to Shady Hill School)
Note: Incomplete application files will not be reviewed by the admissions committee. Please arrange your interview date as early as possible and follow up with all three of your references to make sure they submit your letters on time.

Send all of the above materials together or separately to
   Janet Ross
   Shady Hill School TTC
   178 Coolidge Hill
   Cambridge, MA 02138

When your application file is complete, you will need to visit Shady Hill School for a tour and admission interviews with the program directors, faculty, and apprentices. Tours and interviews can be scheduled for most weekdays at 9:00a.m. between October 2013 and March 2014. To schedule a tour, call Janet Ross: (617) 520-5215.


Lesley University Admissions

Applicants to the TTC who intend to earn a master's degree through Shady Hill's joint programs with Lesley University must submit a separate set of application materials directly to Lesley. The previous section describes only the process for applying to the Shady Hill TTC piece of the joint program. Apply to the Shady Hill TTC first; apply to Lesley soon after.

All early childhood, all elementary, and all middle school candidates may apply to Lesley University. Middle school candidates whose bachelor's degree is in a different field than their desired license will need to pass the subject area MTEL prior to being admitted to Lesley University. For more information, contact that institution directly: (617) 349-8300 and visit the Lesley University/Shady Hill Collaborative Program website.

Send Lesley materials to:
Lesley University School of Education Graduate Admissions Office, 29 Everett St., Cambridge, MA 02138.

"I didn't want a traditional training program. I knew that at Shady Hill, I'd be in a classroom all the time."

-Glen Sherman, TTC '00, Urban Teaching Fellow, Teacher at Mather School in the Boston Public Schools