Department of Education

Teach for America Rhode Island Partnership

A partnership between Brown University and Teach for America allows corps members to enroll part-time in Brown's Urban Education Policy Master's Program.

Brown University offers a part-time, two-year program for Teach For America teachers in Rhode Island to obtain a master's degree in Urban Education Policy while teaching full-time in Rhode Island’s highest-need public schools. This program starts between year one and year two of teaching and many corps members choose to continue teaching for a third year as they finish the UEP program. The program admits a number of corps members each year and offers several benefits, including:

  • partial or full scholarships
  • part-time enrollment, allowing completion of the 1-year program over 2 years 

The UEP program is dedicated to the study of policy analysis, planning, and development in urban public education. The tightly focused academic curriculum, integrated with a nine-month internship, is designed to impart a set of core skills and competencies that are necessary for successful careers in urban education policy. The UEP program also provides a solid foundation for those anticipating advanced study in areas related to urban education policy. At least one Teach For America corps member accepted to the UEP program will serve as a UEP Urban Education Fellow, committing to serve in Rhode Island’s urban public schools for at least three years in exchange for loan forgiveness from the University.

Teach For America recruits, trains, and supports top recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teaching for two years in underserved public schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement for educational equity. 

Please indicate your affiliation with TFA RI within your application.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Brown University to provide corps members with this opportunity to better fulfill their commitment to become lifelong leaders in the movement for educational excellence and equity. Brown's UEP program will offer a great learning opportunity to understand how policy impacts the classroom.”

Heather Tow-Yick Founder of the Rhode Island chapter of TFA and its first Executive Director