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Holy Family Institute and Duquesne University Launch Teaching Fellowship

Participants can earn a tuition-free master’s degree in education through the 2-year service program.

Holy Family Institute (HFI) has launched a new fellowship program that enables aspiring educators to work with underserved communities while earning a tuition-free master’s degree from Duquesne University. Participants in the Teaching Fellows Program will spend two years teaching at HFI’s Specialized Learning School in Ross Township or Nazareth College and Career Prep high school in Emsworth.

A component of the Holy Family Service Corps, the Teaching Fellows Program is open to applicants of all faith backgrounds interested in gaining innovative, service-oriented teaching experience. The program is a collaboration with Duquesne University’s Department of Education Graduate School, from which participants will earn a master’s degree in either secondary or special education.

“This program is rooted in the Catholic social justice tradition, and we strive to provide participants with opportunities for personal, professional and spiritual growth,” says Holy Family Institute CEO Sister Linda Yankoski. “Our motto is ‘restoring hope, transforming lives,’ and that mission of transformation applies not only to those who receive service but also to those who provide it.”   

Teaching Fellows will choose between two schools. HFI’s Specialized Learning School is a licensed, private academic school that helps K-12 students overcome academic and behavioral challenges so that they can successfully return to their home school district. Nazareth Prep is an independent Catholic high school that uses a rigorous, personalized curriculum and a unique internship program to bridge the education-to-employment skills gap for students predominantly from traditionally underserved populations.

Teaching Fellows will live in community with other service corps members in a dedicated house on HFI’s Pittsburgh campus. Board and a stipend are included. Applicants for all programs must be at least 21 years of age and meet other qualifications. For more information, visit https://www.hfi-pgh.org/servicecorps/. Contact Lynn Guerra at 412-766-9020 ext. 1304 or  Guerra.lynn@hfi-pgh.org.