The College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, Rowan University, Rutgers University-Camden, and William Paterson University currently offer the Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship program.
The highly competitive program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math — the STEM fields — and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools.
In return, Fellows commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural New Jersey schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Throughout the three-year commitment, Fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring.
Universities and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation partner with a wide range of school districts across the state, including Bridgeton Public Schools, Burlington City Public Schools, Camden City School District, Ewing Township Public Schools, Glassboro Public Schools, Haledon Public Schools, Hamilton Public Schools, Millville Public Schools, Newark Public Schools, New Brunswick Public Schools, Orange Public Schools, Passaic City Public Schools, Paterson Public Schools, Pemberton Township Schools, Pennsauken Public Schools, Trenton Public Schools, Union City Public Schools, and Vineland Public Schools.
New Jersey is one of five states nationwide — including Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio — to offer the program. In Indiana, state lawmakers have included the program in the state's higher education budget after seeing the programs' successes in preparing STEM teachers for the state's high-need urban and rural schools. T
he program has also been successful in helping states address the need for equitable distribution of effective teachers.