Future Teachers

A partnership between Neighborhood Learning Alliance and Chatham University, Future Teachers is a long-term program that encourages and supports high school students of color from Allegheny County, PA in becoming elementary or high school teachers.

How It Works

From 10th grade through college graduation, the Future Teachers program ensures that students have the academic preparation, professional exposure, and personal and financial support necessary to transition from high school to college, and from college into careers as teachers.

Students who successfully complete the program enter Chatham’s undergraduate teaching program having already earned up to 18 credits toward their undergraduate degree. 

The program begins in 10th grade, when students of color with at least a 3.0 GPA and their families are invited to learn about the Future Teachers opportunity.

The progression is then as follows:

10th Grade

  • Participate in first summer college classes and get placed in a paid internship to get hands-on experience working with younger children.
  • Learn about the field of education and career opportunities.
  • Attend on-campus resources and facilities. Explore college life.

11th Grade

  • Continue teaching and mentoring experiences with younger children.
  • Complete summer and school year college courses.
  • Get matched with teachers or current education majors who serve as mentors.

12th Grade

  • Undertake more rigorous internship experiences during the school year and summer.
  • Meet all entrance requirements and complete all paperwork to apply to Chatham, scholarships, and financial aid.
  • Take and pass a qualifying exam for prospective teachers.

Chatham University

  • Be eligible for additional scholarship support and receive mentoring support from Chatham.

After Graduation

  • Receive support in securing a teaching position as student approaches graduation.

If you’re interested in Future Teachers, we invite you to attend a special Open House event at Chatham University

Learn About the Program & Apply

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For more information about Future Teachers, please contact Neighborhood Learning Alliance at info@neighborhoodlearning.org or 412-363-1910.