Operation TEACH (Teachers Enlisted to Advance Catholic Heritage) is an innovative two-year post-graduate service program that seeks to develop a corps of highly motivated and committed educators to meet the needs of children in Baltimore area Catholic elementary and secondary schools.
The three components of the Operation TEACH program include professional life, community life, and spiritual life. During the two year service commitment, TEACHers are enrolled in a graduate program at Notre Dame of Maryland University and complete a Master of Arts in education.
TEACHers live in a community with other members of the program, sharing their experiences as new teachers and providing support and encouragement for one another. Through community living, TEACHers help one another explore, strengthen, and share their spirituality.
Program participants represent a variety of undergraduate academic majors and come from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Individuals with or without an education background or initial certification are welcome to apply.
Operation TEACH participants earn a Master’s degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University. All costs associated with graduate education are covered by the Operation TEACH program. A plan of study is individually developed for participants depending on each TEACHer’s academic background and his or her professional goals.
TEACHers who have secured initial certification in undergraduate programs earn a Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching (with concentration options in STEM, Special Education, Reading Specialist, Administration and Supervision, and Content Areas) or a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Those without initial certification earn a Master of Arts in Teaching in a content area.
Courses are completed in summer, fall, winter and spring semesters and degrees are conferred upon completion of the Plan of Study.
- Operation TEACH candidates are interviewed by principals who have openings in their schools for the up-coming school year. After the interviews, the Operation TEACH program administrators work with the principals to secure placements.
- TEACHers receive health insurance through their school placement.
- TEACHers live together in furnished community houses in the Baltimore and Frederick area. Each participant has a private bedroom and shares common living areas.
- TEACHers earn a stipend of $13,700 per year.
- TEACHers are responsible for paying rent, community expenses (covering food, internet, recreation, etc.), and certification testing fees. Tuition, books, registration and graduation fees are paid by the program.
University Consortium for Catholic Education
Operation TEACH is part of the University Consortium for Catholic Education. The UCCE is a partnership of university programs joined by the common mission of recruiting and training faith-filled, energetic teachers to strengthen, sustain, and serve in Catholic schools. These programs, based in colleges and universities across the country, are unique in their details, but all share the same basic components of professional development, community and spirituality.
More information about the UCCE can be found at www.ucceconnect.com.
- Fall—Applications receive Operation TEACH information through university service fair recruiting, brochures, the Operation TEACH web page, or the Operation TEACH office.
- January-February—Initial interviews with Operation TEACH administration
- February 1—Application submission deadline (including online application, essays, test score reports, official transcripts, and recommendation forms and letters)
- March-April—Candidate interviews with interested Baltimore area principals
- April—Positions offered to candidates and letters of intent to participate in Operation TEACH are signed
- Late June-Early July—New Operation TEACH participants report for orientation and live on campus for the month
- Late July-Early August—New Operation TEACH participants move into communities and prepare for the school year