Williams graduates pursuing the field of Education go on to teach in Charter Schools, Private Schools, and Public Schools (through master’s and residency programs below); work in education technology or education policy, or pursue education research.
Please use EphLink and LinkedIn to search for alumni pursuing a wide range of careers in Education.
Use Handshake to search for jobs in Education. Students can teach at some Charter Schools and Private Schools post-Williams. Additional information is on the K-12 section. The below section on residency programs offers sample paths into teaching in public schools, which requires state licensure.
Interested in teaching at a K-12 private or independent school post-Williams?
Make an appointment in Handshake to learn more about placement agencies, which help match students looking for teaching jobs with the needs of schools.
New private school teachers can expect to teach subjects they majored in at Williams as well as support the extracurricular activities of the school (e.g., athletics coach, club support, residence life). Starting salary averages around $30,000 for the school year, which often includes housing and some meals.
Hiring timeline: Hiring for teachers happens from late fall through late spring. Placement agencies can start working with interested students as early as September, with offers from schools coming between December and May.
Sample Residency and Teaching Programs
Teacher residencies follow the model of medical residencies; they provide training and certification and are geared toward students without an education major. Most include a master's degree, practicum hours for certification, and training and mentorship from current teachers. They often required a multi-year teaching commitment with a school or district in a high-need area after graduation. The following are a small sample of residencies/certification programs. A longer list with more geographic diversity can be found at the National Center for Teacher Residencies.
Name Eligibility Graduate School Funding Certification Provided Total Length of Program Location Website Urban Teachers Seniors and recent grads, minimum 2.5 GPA, Fellows must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in graduate school courses to continue with the program Yes, Johns Hopkins School of Education Yes, Stipend ($20,000-$30,000 in graduate school), relocation grant, salary paid by the school district after year 2, and potential endorsement for AmeriCorps Segal Education award Yes, Master of Science in Education - Educational Studies, certification in special education, and additional certification in your content area (either elementary education, secondary English, or secondary math). Dallas admittees also receive certification in ESL 4 years partner locations nationally (graduate studies in Baltimore, D.C., or Dallas) Boston Teaching Residency Seniors and recent grads, 3.0 GPA, US citizen, national, or permanent resident Yes, UMass Boston Yes, Stipend ($16,000), discounted tuition (completely waived if you commit to teaching in Boston for 3 years), and $6,495 AmeriCorps Segal Education award Yes, M.Ed and MA Initial Teacher Licensure in Elementary or Secondary 4 years—1 year of MA coursework (1 school year and 2 summers) followed by 3 years of teaching in BPS Boston Boston Teaching Residency Website Teach for America Seniors and recent grads, US citizens, national/legal residents, or DACA recipients; minimum 2.5 GPA but most candidates have a 3.5 GPA or higher Optional Salary paid by the school district (~$33,000-58,000), discounted tuition at participating graduate schools, and potential endorsement for AmeriCorps Segal Education award Yes, TFA will guide you through getting a temporary teaching license. An MA (TFA has partnerships with many grad schools nationwide) is optional 2 years National Project Inspire Teacher Residency Seniors and recent graduates; U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; minimum 2.75 GPA but most candidates have a 3.0 GPA or higher Yes, Tennessee (either Lee University or University of Tennessee—Chattanooga) Yes, Stipend and discounted tuition Yes, MA degree and teaching license 5 years and 2 months—14-month MA program followed by 4 years of teaching in Hamilton County, TN Hamilton County, TN American Museum of Natural History Seniors and recent grads; minimum 3.0 GPA; BA in an earth science-related discipline Yes, Richard Gilder Graduate School Yes, Stipend and discounted tuition Yes, MA in Teaching with Specialization in Earth Sciences for grades 7-12 4 years—1 school year of MA coursework + residency at a local school and 2 summers of residency at AMNH, followed by 3 years of teaching (at any high-need school nationwide) NYC UPenn Independent School Teaching Residency Seniors and recent grads Yes, Penn Graduate School of Education Yes, Salary and majority-all of tuition for M.S. covered by your partner school Yes, Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) 2 years of teaching at a partner school Partner day and boarding schools nationally UPenn Independent School Teaching Residency Website UTEP Chicago Seniors and recent grads Yes, University of Chicago Financial Aid Yes, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, Illinois 2 years—1 year of MA coursework followed by 1 year of teaching Chicago City on a Hill Charter Schools Teaching Fellowship Seniors and recent grads Yes, Boston University Yes, stipend and reduced tuition Yes, Massachusetts 2 years Boston Match Corps and Match Teacher Residency Seniors and recent grads Yes, Sposato GSE Yes, stipend and reduced tuition Yes, Massachusetts n/a Boston Capital Teaching Residency/KIPP DC Seniors and recent grads; 3.0gpa No Yes Yes, DC 3 years DC NYU Residency and Master's Seniors and recent grads Yes, NYU Yes, salary for residency and reduced tuition Yes, NY 1 year NYC TNTP Residency Seniors and recent grads Optional at some locations Financial Aid Yes, through TNTP Academy, different states 1-3 years NationalLesley University Teaching Residency Yes, Lesley University Yes, salary for residency and reduced tuition Yes, Massachusetts 1 year Massachusetts Institute for Citizens & Scholars Teaching Fellowship Seniors, Recent grads, Science and Tech majors Yes, 3 options Yes, stipend and reduced tuition Yes, secondary school, Pennsylvania 3 years Pennsylvania Philadelphia Teaching Residency Seniors and recent grads Yes, 4 options Yes, stipend and reduced tuition Yes, PA 3 years Philadelphia Philadelphia Teaching Residency Website
Post-graduate Opportunities in the Berkshires
Additional Graduate Schools in Education
When researching graduate schools, consider your end goals and geographic preferences if you are planning to teach, as not all states have certification reciprocity. In addition, for those enrolling in teacher preparation programs, know that many Master of Arts in Teaching or Master's in Education require you take a portion of the state certification exam (the MTEL in Mass.) prior to matriculation.
- Bank Street Graduate School of Education
- Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Stanford Graduate School of Education
- Teachers College at Columbia University
- Lesley Graduate School of Education
- Wheaton College Masters of Arts in Teaching
- Sarah Lawrence Masters of Science in the Art of Teaching
- University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
- Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago
- Tufts Graduate Programs in Education
The above are suggested by Susan Engel.
National/International Fellowships & International Opportunities
Notre Dame has an expansive list of Post-grad Service Opportunities, including many in Education.
Idealist is a search tool for social impact-related opportunities.