Coverdell Fellows Partnership
Scholarship Opportunity for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Wheelock College has teamed up with the Peace Corps to offer the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, an initiative that provides graduate school financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in a high-need area in the community.
Integrated Elementary and Special Education Coverdell Fellowship
Wheelock offers up to two Coverdell Fellowships per year to Peace Corps alums accepted into the Integrated Elementary and Special Education (IESE) master's program, which prepares teachers to serve in inclusive and special education classrooms. The Coverdell Fellows who are accepted into the IESE program will be eligible to earn dual licenses in Elementary (grades 1-6) and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK to grade 8). In this teaching residency program, students teach in a full-time, full-year paid internship in a high-need area in metro Boston.
Special benefits of the IESE Coverdell Fellowship include:
- Paid teaching internship (ranging from $10,000-$12,000)
- Tuition waiver of 8 credits for required courses available to two Coverdell Fellows each year
- Limited number of graduate assistantships of $10,000
Wheelock's IESE master's program incorporates the content areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts into the study of curriculum development, assessment, and differentiating the curriculum for all learners working at, above, and below grade level. Candidates will be prepared to teach in inclusive or special education settings in public or private schools. Wheelock College is accredited by NCATE/CAEP (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and the Massachusetts license has reciprocity with a majority of the other states.
Learn more about Wheelock's IESE master's program.
How to Apply for a Coverdell Fellowship
Wheelock admissions takes a holistic approach to a candidate's application and considers all aspects of his/her background, including professional experience, academic performance, and strong involvement in co-curricular and community activities.
Up to two Coverdell fellows will be selected each year for each participating degree program. To be considered, you simply check the Coverdell Fellowship box on Wheelock's online graduate application.
The following are required to apply to Wheelock's graduate programs:
- Online Graduate Application
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts from any degree-granting institutions or from any institutions in which you've taken graduate-level courses
- Interview with a faculty member (which can be completed in person or on the phone if the candidate is not in the Greater Boston area)