College Partners with Teach for America

January 5, 2011

Thomas Edison State College has recently formed a partnership with Teach For America, a national organization that recruits outstanding college graduates from a variety of backgrounds to teach for two years in traditionally underserved urban and rural public schools.

The college is one of only three graduate schools in the state, and the only senior public institution in New Jersey, to enter into an agreement of this kind with Teach For America.

"The collaboration allows Teach For America alumni to enter seamlessly into the college's Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program and provides a valuable opportunity for the organization's alumni from across the U.S. to earn a graduate degree and certification completely online," said Dr. Adrian Zappala, assistant dean of Educational Leadership programs in the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences at Thomas Edison State College.

Zappala said the college is honored to partner with Teach For America, which has earned a reputation for recruiting, training, and supporting effective beginning teachers and fostering their long-term leadership in the movement to end educational inequity. The college is waiving its graduate application fee of $75 for Teach For America alumni entering the program.

"Our partnership provides an opportunity for Teach for America alumni to complete our nationally accredited educational leadership program and make an immediate impact on the success of their schools at the leadership level."

In 2009, the college's Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program was granted initial accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from Dec. 11, 2009 to Dec. 11, 2014.

Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey's 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Further information about admission to the College may be obtained by calling (888) 442-8372, via e-mail at or by visiting the College website at To find out more about the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program, visit:


Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Today, more than 8,200 corps members are teaching in 39 regions across the country while 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit