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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.

Applying to the TTC

To apply to the TTC, applicants must both submit written materials and visit the school for a campus tour and admission interviews with the program directors, faculty, and current apprentices. The only paperwork we need prior to a tour and interviews is the main application, though we encourage everyone to complete their file as early as possible.

Tours and interviews can be scheduled for most weekdays at 9:00a.m. October through March.
To schedule your date, call Janet Ross: (617) 520-5215.

A complete application file includes:

  • a completed TTC application (use the online form or download the PDF)
  • 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)

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

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.

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.

Deadline for Application,
Tour, & Interviews
(all materials 
must be
received by
this date)
Admission &
Financial Aid
Decision Letters
1 November 25, 2014 December 16, 2014 January 6, 2015
2 January 30, 2015 February 23, 2015 March 2, 2015
3 March 16, 2015 March 31, 2015 April 6, 2015

Financial aid 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. All fellowship decisions are made after the final round of admission decisions.


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.


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.

We invite you to complete your application online. Click here to begin the process —
"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