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Peace Corps Fellows Program

Peace Corps Fellows Program

Teachers College, Columbia University

Welcome to the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Teachers College, Columbia University!

Join a Community of RPCVs Committed to Public Education

The Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows Program is a teacher certification program that supports Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) as they become outstanding New York City public school teachers in high need schools while earning a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.

We are proud to be the first Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program in the nation. Teachers College has a long history of working with governments and educational institutions around the world, including assisting in the creation of UNESCO after World War II and launching a teacher training program in East Africa that was the precursor to the Peace Corps. In the early 1960’s many volunteers trained at Teachers College before being sent abroad.  

Since 1985, we have been providing generous scholarships and support to over 850 public school teachers and educational leaders who have graduated from the program. For the past three decades, Peace Corps Fellows alumni have supported incoming Fellows by hosting them in their classrooms, providing advice and leading workshops.

The Peace Corps Fellows participate in a rigorous and rewarding program that provides opportunities to both teach and learn with a cohort of RPCVs. Before becoming a teacher of record, Fellows complete fieldwork observations and actively participate in Summer Intensive Training (SIT). Over the course of two to three years, Fellows complete an academic program leading to a master’s degree as they teach full-time in salaried positions for the New York City Department of Education.

Peace Corps Fellows Program staff, mentors, alumni and RPCV classmates provide guidance as Fellows navigate the challenges of full-time teaching and graduate school classes.  During the first two years of teaching, Fellows are supported by mentors and professional development seminars. In this strong and supportive environment, Fellows gain insight and skills on their journey as they become master teachers.

Fellows commit to teach in a high need NYC public school for a minimum of three years. The combination of the Peace Corps Fellows’ resourceful determination coupled with a Teachers College education creates educators that are viewed favorably by school administrators who actively seek our talented graduates.  Many Fellows spend long and fruitful careers as teachers, administrators and coaches in NYC. Thousands of students have benefitted from the Fellows’ global experience and Teachers College expertise.

The Peace Corps Fellows Program at Teachers College is highly regarded. After seeing the Peace Corps Fellows’ strong commitment to social justice in urban education, Caroline Kennedy wrote an article about the Fellows in Time Magazine.

Please read our autumn, 2016 newsletter.

Contact Us

Peace Corps Fellows Program

Address: 411 Zankel Hall

Box: 90 * Phone: (212) 678-6622 * Fax: (212) 678-3153 * Email: pcfellows@tc.columbia.edu