Winston-Salem TEACH

Winston-Salem Teachers for Equity, Achievement, Community, & Humanity (WS-TEACH), a recently funded $4.7 million Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is a collaborative project among Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.


WS-TEACH uses a teacher residency model to recruit, prepare, license, and provide induction services to recent college graduates, paraprofessionals, and career changers who aspire to teach high-need subject areas in a high-need school. The collaboration will prepare approximately 105 highly qualified special education (K-12), elementary education (K-6), and secondary education (9-12) educators in high-need schools in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County over a 5-year grant period.

As part of WS-TEACH, Wake Forest Department of Education supports candidates in secondary education (Grades 9-12 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Comprehensive Science, English, Mathematics, and Social Studies) through the initial licensure Master Teacher Fellows (MTF) Program (see the MTF program description here).

WS-TEACH residents will receive a 12-month living stipend of $30,000 as they complete Master’s-level coursework and two clinical internships in high-need WS/FCS schools. After graduating, WS-TEACH residents will teach for at least three years in a high-need WS/FCS school while receiving professional development and support through a collaborative coaching model.

Admissions Process

WS-TEACH can support up to 30 initial licensure candidates in graduate-level teacher preparation programs per year. The first cohort will begin during the 2023/2024 academic year, and applications are currently being accepted.

Prospective secondary education residents will engage in a two-part application process, applying simultaneously to WS-TEACH and the Wake Forest Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Applicants must be accepted into both programs to become WS-TEACH residents, though prospective students may choose to pursue the Master Teacher Fellows (MTF) program without becoming a WS-TEACH resident.

Licensed teachers are not eligible for WS-TEACH unless they are seeking preparation in a different licensure area.