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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 an alternative teacher certification program that recruits Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). As a flagship Peace Corps Fellows program, we provide generous scholarships to select trainees. Since 1985 the program has recruited and trained more than 800 public school educators, and our alumni retention rate in the public school system is among the highest found anywhere in the country.

Peace Corp Fellows at Teachers College enter into a rigorous and rewarding program where they teach and learn among a cohort of colleagues. Fellows complete fieldwork, participate in a summer intensive training that introduces them to the field of education, and work to complete an academic program leading to a masters degree. Upon completion of a summer intensive training, Fellows teach full-time in salaried positions within the NYC Department of Education while pursuing a Master degree in teaching.

Fellows make a minimum three-year commitment to teaching and all related degree coursework must be completed within this time, although the majority of our Fellows tend to graduate within two years. Cohorts of Fellows continue to meet together throughout their three years, and participate in professional development and coursework together. This creates a strong and supportive environment for Fellows to rely upon as they develop their skills and understandings toward becoming a master teacher.

The Peace Corps Fellows Program at Teachers College is well known and highly respected. After meeting our Fellows and seeing first-hand their strong commitment to social justice and equity in urban education, Caroline Kennedy wrote and article about us in Times Magazine.

And for a more intimate look at our Fellows' work, please see this special edition of our newsletter.

Applicant Information

The Peace Corp Fellows Program at Teachers College seeks to attract candidates that feel strongly about our mission statement:

To recruit exceptional Returned Peace Corps Volunteers into the teaching profession, train them to excel in New York City's high-need public schools, and support them to make long-term, professional commitments to public education.

We are currently collecting applications for our 2015-2016 Cohort. If you would like to join our community of dedicated and social justice minded professionals who enjoy long and fruitful careers as public school teachers and administrators, please consider applying. Take a moment to complete our online survey to receive updates and information about the program. If you choose to apply, you can visit the Teachers College Application portal and complete the application and supplemental questions for the Peace Corp Fellows Program. 

Contact Us

Peace Corps Fellows Program

Address: 411 Zankel Hall

Box: 90 * Phone: (212) 678-4080 * Fax: (212) 678-3153 * Email: