2022-23 Teacher Education Fellows group photo

The UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program emphasizes servant leadership within a diverse and global context. As participants in this community of like-minded pre-service teachers, scholarship recipients engage in teaching-related activities designed to develop and enhance their leadership abilities, commitment to the campus and broader community, and awareness of socio-cultural considerations from the individual to the global scale.

Due to the generosity of the Marian Franklin Scholarship, the Jacqueline W. & Jack H. Varner Scholarship, the J. Barnwell & Mary Blair Allison Scholarship, and the Sandra Green Marsh Class of 1961 Endowed UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Scholarship, participation in the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program includes scholarships of up to $28,000. Scholarship funds for tuition are distributed incrementally, with $4,500 distributed in the first year, $5,500 distributed in the second year, and $9,000 distributed in each of the last two years, as long as eligibility requirements are maintained. 

Development of global awareness, leadership, and civic responsibility will occur through engagement in a variety of activities funded in part through the generosity of the Sarah Cole Jordan endowment.

These opportunities for an enriched professional and educational experience include:

  • Early Internships: Fellows intern in the schools approximately two years before their peers outside of the program. 
  • International Experience: Fellows spend a semester abroad in the second year, focusing on personal development, international study, and becoming a globally-minded educator. 
  • Undergraduate Research: Fellows engage in research around their passions, with opportunities to present and publish their work for external audiences. 
  • Leadership Development: Fellows participate in professional conferences and workshops, network with local and state educational leaders, and engage in structured leadership skill-building, with opportunities for formal leadership roles. 
  • Integrated Seminars: Fellows enroll in seminars that integrate formal leadership development, intercultural learning, and teacher development led by award-winning faculty in the School of Education. 
  • Residential Living: Fellows live in relative proximity to one another as part of the Residential Colleges or Lloyd International Honors College during the first two years in the program. 
  • Community Engagement: Fellows develop and support initiatives designed to address the needs of the local community. 
  • Alumni Network: Fellows develop lasting bonds with a cohort of peers at UNCG that continue long past graduation, with activities specifically focused on alumni engagement. 

Participation in the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program is open to incoming freshmen (first-year students) and transfer students majoring in Deaf EducationElementary EducationMiddle Grades EducationSpecial Education, and Dual (Elementary and Special) Education.

In order to be eligible for participation in the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • North Carolina residency. 
  • 3.80 weighted cumulative high school GPA recommended. 
  • 3.00 cumulative GPA at the end of the first semester at UNCG. 
  • 3.30 cumulative GPA by the second year at UNCG. 
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA to remain in the program (unless a student’s program GPA requirements are higher).
  • Admission to Teacher Education by the third year. 
  • Admission to student teaching by the fourth year. 
  • Participation in all required UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program activities. 
  • Student must make continuous academic progress toward degree completion.

Key Dates

October 1 | Application Opens
January 1 | Priority Application Deadline
February | Finalist Notification
March | Finalist Interviews & Selection Notification
April | Acceptance Deadline

From the Fellows…

Teacher Fellow studying abroad in Austria

“Teaching Fellows prepared me more than I could ever imagine. I had the experience, enrichment, and support I needed to succeed in my program, the classroom, and on an everyday basis.” – Nyema Heyward

Teacher Fellow studying abroad in Poland

“Come to UNCG. The past four years have asked of me to research, analyze, implement, and teach knowledge about my subject area, and this university has made me good at not only being a teacher but an eager learner.” – Tristan Stinson

UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program

Dr. Debra Holzberg –

School of Education Building
Room 422