The Belmont Day School Associate Teacher Program offers an intensive one-year teacher residency. In collaboration with Lesley University's Graduate School of Education, the program prepares prospective teachers for early childhood education or elementary education teaching positions. Graduates of the program complete a Master's of Education degree as well as earn Massachusetts teacher certification. Our program offers significant job search support and guidance so that our graduates get jobs both in public and private schools all over the country.
Associate teachers spend the year at Belmont Day working in two semester-long classroom placements. Alongside Belmont Day faculty, they teach in all subject areas. Associate teachers also attend seminars conducted by Belmont Day faculty and complete additional coursework at Lesley University.
At Belmont Day, associate teachers are important and valued members of our classrooms and beyond as they often serve as athletics coaches, after-school program teachers, and summer program staff. Associate teachers are an integral part of our school community and are appreciated as such—by parents who realize the incredible value of additional classroom support for their children, by staff who thrive off the new energy and excitement associate teachers bring to our halls, by the faculty who enjoy the opportunity to mentor and share their knowledge and help shape the next generation of educators, and, of course, by the students who benefit immensely from the associate teachers' enthusiasm, diverse and fresh perspectives, and love of learning.
The associate teacher program combines a ten-month classroom apprenticeship with a full year of graduate study. The academic portion of the program commences the summer before associates begin their classroom placements.
A Belmont Day associate teacher is someone who can be present, be curious, and dig in. Associate teachers can go to all classrooms and observe. They attend and sometimes teach specialists' classes. Associate teachers may watch coaches and teams in practices and games after school. And they may apply to coach students with other staff members. Associate teachers dig in, observe, ask questions, and soak it in. The Belmont Day Associate Teacher Program is perhaps the only chance in one’s teaching career to have carte-blanche access to teaching across the board. At Belmont Day, associate teachers get these chances every week.
Qualifications: All applicants must have a BA, a strong interest in working with children in a classroom setting and the ability to be reflective, flexible, listen to feedback and take initiative.
Application Notes: Interested applicants should fill out the application available on our website and then set up an on campus tour and interviews. Our deadline is January 26th, but all materials and the school visit must be completed by this date. The cost of our program at Belmont Day is $5,000, and this year we are able to offer a full fellowship to an Associate of color with demonstrated commitment to teaching and children. In addition, applicants should apply to the Lesley Graduate School of Education.
Belmont Day School is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade independent school in founded in 1927 by a group of parents committed to providing children with an excellent academic foundation and many opportunities for creative expression. We value honesty, caring, joy, responsibility, respect and excellence.