Teacher Fellowship Program
The Independence School District has partnered with Northwest Missouri State University to offer a unique fellowship opportunity.
Fellows will be employed as first-year teachers in the ISD with the direct support of a district-assigned mentor while obtaining a Master’s of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Engagement, Learning, and Achievement from Northwest Missouri State University (NWMS).
Benefits & Housing
The ISD recognizes the financial challenges associated with graduate school for teachers. The district is committed to providing additional supports for Fellowship teachers with the following amenities and benefits:
- A district-assigned mentor who will assist with curriculum implementation, refining instructional practices, classroom management, and support with graduate coursework
- Free, fully-furnished housing, including utilities and wifi
- Financial assistance to purchase classroom supplies through the Independence School District Foundation
Please note: Fellows are financially responsible for their graduate tuition to Northwest Missouri State University. Classes are offered to ISD Fellows at a reduced rate. Some financial assistance may be available to Fellows through NWMS, contact the Financial Aid Office for information.
NWMS Admissions Requirements
- Be pre-hired by the Independence School District
- Complete a teacher education program prior to the start of the Fellowship year
- Be eligible for state licensure
- Earn a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework
- Have a GRE or other NWMS qualifying score
- Commit to 3 years of teaching in the Independence School District after successful completion of the fellowship program
The Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction consisting of 30 credit hours taken over 4 trimesters. Classes will be held at the ISD’s Central office (201 N Forest Ave, Independence, MO) or Northland Innovation Center (6889 N Oak Trafficway #400, Gladstone, MO).
Summer – 2 courses
Fall – 3 courses
Spring – 3 courses
Summer – 2 courses
- Culture and Student Engagement
- Visionary School Leadership
- Feedback and Goal Setting
- Leading the Digital Age
- Change Mangement in Education
- Data Literacy and Assessment for Schools
- Multicultural Education for Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
- Trends and Issues in Curriculum & Instruction
- Academic Inquiry
- Capstone Seminar
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the price of tuition?
Tuition is approximately $415 per credit hour (2023-2024 school year).
Is financial aid available?
Do Fellows have to take the GRE?
What is the role of a mentor?
When will I know who my mentor is?
Fellows are paired with their mentor in early summer.
Where are the apartments located?
What is included in Fellows housing?
The cost of rent, utilities and wi-fi are covered with Fellows housing. The apartments are also fully furnished.
Can we tour the apartments?
Can my significant other live in the apartment with me?
Married couples are allowed to live together in the apartment.
Are pets allowed in the apartments?
When do the apartments become available for Fellows to move-in?
Apartments are typically available at the end of June or the beginning of July.
Do I have to live in the apartments?
Do Fellows receive benefits/insurance?
Yes, the Fellowship compensation package includes:
- $38,000 base salary*
- Health insurance
- District assigned mentor to assist with curriculum implementation, instructional practices, classroom management and other supports
*Students are financially responsible for tuition to Northwest Missouri State University at a reduced rate.
What is the salary after the Fellow’s year?
Can Fellows coach ISD sports?
We prefer Fellows wait to coach until their second year. You are welcome to volunteer to assist in order to gain coaching experience in the District.