Prerequisites to Apply
The minimum eligibility requirements are:
- Be a full-time pre-K–12 teacher by the start of the academic year to which you are applying
- Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.65 or higher
- Be in good standing with TFA or TNTP
- Be a member or alumni of the TFA Corps OR have completed the first year of teaching as a TNTP fellow
Application Requirements and Deadlines
|MS in Education – Educational Studies (Teach for America & TNTP)
|July 15, 2024
|Online application form
|Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
|*Your application is considered complete once all required transcripts have been received by our admissions office.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.
Baltimore, MD 21218
What to Expect
The MSEd program curriculum focuses on content that is meaningful, relevant, and authentic for teachers in a variety of school settings and regional locations throughout the country. The curriculum is aligned to research-based best practices; provides opportunities for critical thinking, collaboration, and reflection; and encourages candidates to apply their learning to their instructional practice.
The curriculum is organized by a series of courses that candidates take throughout their time in the program:
- The Seminar in Transformational Leadership and Teaching series is made up of four courses. Each of the seminar courses allows for candidates to take a deep dive into three topics that impact classroom culture, curriculum, and instruction. The final session in each seminar course includes a focus on reflection and continuously increasing effectiveness.
- The Classroom Management series includes two courses where candidates explore how to refine their classroom culture and management strategies to support positive mindsets that lead students to reach their academic goals. Candidates learn how to include families and caretakers as active participants in their children’s education.
- The Effective Practices in Teaching and Learning series focuses on the most foundational ideas, strategies, and skill sets needed to be an effective educator. Candidates explore special education and how to plan for instruction that includes all students. Candidates learn and implement backwards planning and create and implement effective assessments.
- The Teaching for Transformation series teaches candidates how to integrate ideas of access and advocacy into their instruction. Candidates also dive into best practices for planning and instruction within their specific content area and grade band.
- There are also multiple opportunities for candidates to deepen their practice by selecting to take Literacy courses and program-approved electives.
As the capstone of their degree, graduate candidates build a digital portfolio. This serves as a demonstration of a candidate’s understanding of the transformational teaching paradigm outcomes and the InTASC Standards that guide and influence teaching.
Candidates enroll in an online course dedicated to the process of gathering artifacts and building a capstone portfolio. As graduate students, candidates have focused and continue to focus on developing a deeper understanding of their work in the classroom. Once candidates begin the capstone course, they will spend several months creating a capstone. This is created in lieu of a master’s thesis and is based upon experiences from classroom teaching and graduate coursework.
Candidates will build the following sections, focused on the four transformational teaching paradigm outcomes:
- Culturally responsive teaching
- Dramatic academic growth
The capstone is a holistic reflection of candidates’ best work and their growth as teachers during their time in the program.
edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the U.S. to emphasize, measure, and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from their first day in the classroom.
edTPA is a subject-specific assessment that includes versions for 27 teaching fields, ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: planning, instruction, and assessment. For candidates in elementary placements, a content-specific fourth task may also be necessary.
edTPA requires aspiring teachers to demonstrate readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students’ strengths and needs, engage real students in ambitious learning, analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective. Teacher candidates submit unedited video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom as part of a portfolio that is scored by highly trained educators in their content area. edTPA builds on decades of teacher performance assessment development and research regarding teaching skills and practices that improve student learning.
The edTPA course is a 16-week course designed to prepare and support candidates toward a successful edTPA submission. Candidates will be broken up into content-specific groups and assigned an edTPA facilitator. This facilitator will act as a content expert, provide high-level non-corrective feedback, and host various conferences to support positive academic outcomes.
Upon successful completion of the MSEd degree, we expect each graduate will:
- Collaborate with colleagues on a variety of relevant topics
- Develop awareness of current best practices in the field of education, including those related to teaching students with special needs
- Apply course resources and learning to instructional practices and to colleague, student, and family partnerships
- Plan and execute meaningful opportunities for students according to the principles of student access, advocacy, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Academic Growth
- Demonstrate proficiency in topics including backward design, data analysis, differentiation, classroom management, family engagement, and culturally responsive teaching
- Engage in opportunities for meaningful reflection and commitment to continuous growth and ongoing development
What does TNTP stand for in education?
TNTP stands for "The New Teacher Project," an organization in the United States focused on recruiting and retaining new teachers.
Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1997, TNTP collaborates with policymakers, community leaders, and educational administrators to attract, train, and retain effective and diverse teachers. These goals align with the broader mission of the Johns Hopkins School of Education to improve educational outcomes and foster diverse, inclusive learning opportunities for all students.
Does Teach For America pay for your master's degree?
While Teach For America (TFA) does not directly fund master's degrees, many regions within its network provide exclusive scholarships and financial aid options for corps members.
Subject to specific eligibility requirements and under certain conditions, these benefits can ease the financial burden of pursuing your degree. The Johns Hopkins School of Education TFA master’s program is specially designed for TFA corps members.
What do people do after Teach For America?
After the Teach For America (TFA) commitment, corps members follow diverse career paths grounded in a shared objective of societal transformation.
Many TFA participants continue in the education sector as teachers, administrators, or policymakers. Others leverage their experiences toward careers in law, medicine, or public policy, and some pursue advanced degrees. Regardless of their path, ex-corps members typically remain committed to fostering educational equity and enacting meaningful change.
What is the acceptance rate for Teach For America?
Teach For America (TFA) typically accepts about 15% of applicants.
TFA maintains a rigorous selection process, bolstering its commitment to educational equity and excellence. The acceptance rate varies yearly but is notably competitive with only a small fraction of applicants, typically around 15%, gaining acceptance to the program. This directly aligns with TFA's mission to recruit a diverse corps of high-achieving individuals who are passionate about making a significant difference in education and empowering marginalized communities.
This program is delivered in a fully online format and does not offer F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship for international students. International students interested in applying to a program at the Johns Hopkins School of Education must follow the same application process and submit the same general application materials as their peers, along with some additional requirements.