About William Paterson University
William Paterson University, one of New Jersey's leading public universities, offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs through five colleges: Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health. Located on 370 wooded acres in suburban Wayne, just 20 miles from New York City, the University enrolls more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 33 states and 38 countries. The University's 400 faculty members are nationally known for their scholarship, research, and creative works, including 38 who have received prestigious Fulbright awards, as well as grants and awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation. Students benefit from individualized attention from faculty mentors, small class sizes, and numerous research, internship, and clinical experiences.
Teacher Preparation at William Paterson University
The College of Education, in partnership with the College of Science and Health, has a long history of preparing excellent science and math teachers, particularly for high-need districts. Through the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education, the two colleges , in collaboration with its school and University partners, has provided talented career changers who wish to become teachers with innovative, modular instruction and yearlong residencies through its Garden State Partnership for Teacher Quality.
The Colleges and their partners in the Paterson and Passaic school districts are pleased to offer yearlong residencies to Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows, including $30,000 stipends to support their residencies and attainment of master's degrees and teaching certification, and $10,000 to offset tuition and fees. In exchange for this support, Fellows will commit to teaching in a high-need urban or rural school in New Jersey for three years, with ongoing mentoring support during this period.
The 15-month program, which leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, will include:
- A collaboratively designed and co-taught program with University colleagues in education, math, and science and with school partners
- Modular coursework, which emphasizes a flipped classroom model
- A cohort model (middle and secondary mathematics; middle and secondary science)
- Integration of positive behavior supports
- Technology infused/integrated instruction
- A yearlong residency (with weekly seminars) in diverse, high-need districts and collaborative support in clinical experiences from College of Science and Health, College of Education, and school partners
- Mentoring before and after program completion
- High-quality double mentoring during the program (school and University)
- High-quality mentoring throughout the induction period
- Additional focus on support for special populations: English language learners, bilingual, special education (including gifted and talented)
Schools/Districts Working With William Paterson University
William Paterson University has long partnered with middle and high schools in two of its Professional Development School districts: the Paterson Public Schools (enrollment 29,824) and the Passaic City Public Schools (enrollment 14,546). Both districts, located in high-need urban areas, have a high percentage of students receiving free or reduced price lunches, as well as a high percentage of households in which a language other than English is spoken. These partnerships embody the power of university/school collaborations and provide state of the art thinking about teacher preparation.