TTC Admission

  • Care deeply about children
  • Seek to teach, learn, and grow in a diverse community
  • Value progressive, project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum inspired by students’ questions and teachers’ passions.

  • Experience working with children (no previous education coursework or teaching required)
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is preferred 

APPLICATION MATERIALS: Please submit the following to
  • A complete TTC application (use the online form or download the PDF)
  • A resume
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • a $50 application fee (online at or mailed check payable to Shady Hill School). Request for waivers will be considered. 

NEXT STEPS: once application materials are submitted
  • Contact Janet Ross ( or 617-520-5212) to schedule interviews with the program director, faculty, and current apprentices. 
  • Follow up with 2 letters of recommendation, including at least one academic and one professional reference (due by the application deadline). Please use this Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet, unless applying through Lesley University.
  • Tour the campus.

  • Incomplete application files will not be reviewed by the TTC admission committee.
  • Financial Aid must be requested at the time of application.
  • International students must enroll through Boston University, which can sponsor F1 Student Visas but also cannot offer financial assistance. Shady Hill School is unable to sponsor apprentices for Visas to study in the US or to award financial aid to international students.

The TTC is currently accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year. Please see below for admission rounds and application deadlines. The admission process is highly competitive and spaces tend to fill up. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

*Deadline for international students

Financial aid application materials are due by the application date for whichever round you apply.
Admission decisions are made without regard to financial need, but scholarships are offered at the same time as admission, so all paperwork must be in on time. All fellowship decisions are made in April after the final round of admission decisions.

Lesley University Admission
  • Applicants to the TTC who intend to earn a master's degree through Shady Hill's partnership with Lesley University must submit Lesley’s online application form and personal statement directly to Lesley in addition to submitting Shady Hill’s form directly to Shady Hill. The previous section describes only the process for applying to the Shady Hill piece of the joint program. Lesley and Shady Hill can share your resume, transcript(s), and recommendations, so you need to submit those only once.
For more information, contact Lesley University directly: 617-349-8300.

Hear from Terris King, TTC and Lesley '10.

To access Lesley’s online Teacher Residency application click here.

Boston University Admission
  • All middle school humanities and secondary history candidates who intend to earn a master's degree through Shady Hill's partnership with Boston University must also submit a set of application materials directly to BU. 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 BU soon after.
For more information about applying to BU, click here.