Fellows for X-Mester

The Early College Fellowship, a Vincennes University early college residential program, is a fast-paced two-week education experience designed to introduce prospective educators to teaching in early college high schools. Teachers in this model are both secondary teachers and adjunct faculty, a rare yet exciting new breed of educator. This pre-professional program — a collaborative effort created from a unique early college high school partnership between Vincennes University in Indiana and school districts located in various parts of Indiana — is intended to give the Fellows an intense hands-on experience and valuable career guidance and support before embarking upon their credential training.

Why should I pursue a residential fellowship?
Traditional teacher training rarely includes career guidance and the graduate coursework necessary to satisfy the credentialing requirements of high schools and colleges. Early College Fellows learn about the model and the training required should they wish to pursue opportunities in early colleges. Benefits of the program include:

  • Two intense weeks in which Fellows assist and participate in teaching actual early college high school students.
  • Building relationships with individuals who care deeply about erasing educational inequality for urban youth.
  • Fellows use their creativity and passion to design engaging leadership curriculum.
  • Fellows gain valuable experience that may lead to an offer of admission to a selective graduate school, teacher training program such as Teach for America, New Leaders for New Schools or a number of other competitive opportunities.
     

Am I eligible to apply?
It is a highly competitive program. To apply, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a rising college senior or recent graduate.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Have a strong grade point average in your concentration/major.

In addition, we are looking for those individuals who have a strong desire to become teachers, and who exhibit relentlessness, perseverance, and a deep understanding of what it takes to work effectively in racially and ethnically diverse, low-income urban and rural school communities.

Who is an ideal Fellow?
Successful candidates will be energetic, reflective, curious and hard working. They will be relentless about delivering effective instruction and accountable achievement measures. They will have multiple talents to offer and have demonstrated the ability to connect with adolescents and have a passion for social justice. We value the key characteristics necessary to be a successful teacher — a high level of zest, grit, hope, gratitude, and enthusiasm. We welcome fellows with a variety of interests and majors.

What are the responsibilities of the Fellowship?
As a Fellow, you should expect a rigorous and time-intensive seventeen-day program for two weeks during the month of June. Fellow duties include:

  • Teaching assistance
  • Leadership activities
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Dorm supervision

Where is Vincennes University?
The school is located in the city of Vincennes, the county seat of Knox County, Indiana, about two hours southwest of Indianapolis city limits. Located on Indiana-Illinois border, the 2000 census reported a population of 18,701.

How do I apply?
If you are interested in being a Fellow, please contact us for further details.

Does it pay and where will I live?
You will earn a stipend of approximately $1,500 for 17 days of work and dormitory-style housing in a safe, convenient location provided by Vincennes University. A travel stipend is available for Fellows coming from great distances. For those traveling by air, transportation to and from Vincennes at the beginning and conclusion of the program will be arranged. There will also be three meals served per day at no cost to the Fellows.

How many Fellows will be selected for X-Mester?
With a Fellow-to-scholar ratio of approximately 12:1, we expect to select between 20 and 23 Fellows.