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Applying to Project ASPIRE


Project ASPIRE (Apprenticeships Supported by Partnerships for Innovation and Reform in Education) is a federally funded Teacher Quality Partnership in Ohio. The project is dedicated to improving teaching by providing candidates with deep content knowledge and the requisite skills to support the learning of all children, with an emphasis on children in urban and rural areas, children with special needs, and English language learners. The project is a partnership among innovative partners at The Ohio State University, the Columbus City Schools, and the Columbus community.

 Project ASPIRE is no longer accepting applications.

Who we are looking for

We are recruiting prospective teachers who have the desire and commitment to work in high-needs schools in the City of Columbus. We’re looking for applicants who have the desire to create changes from the bottom up. This entails examining issues beyond the classroom and working with students, parents, and administrators to create new opportunities for growth and improvement.

Ideal candidates will have at least a bachelor’s degree in the desired licensure area, and want to earn a master’s degree in education in:

  • secondary mathematics
  • secondary science (Integrated license preferred)
  • foreign language (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese)
  • middle childhood mathematics and/or science

* New teaching areas may emerge in future years as Columbus City School hiring needs are determined.

All applicants must be admitted into the STEM, Foreign Language, or Middle Childhood Education M.Ed programs in order to be considered for Project ASPIRE. Applicants are highly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor so they can review the prerequisite content sheet for STEM, Foreign Language , or Middle Childhood Education.

Currently, Project ASPIRE offers:

  • A $30,000 stipend (you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident)
  • A master’s of education degree
  • A one year Urban Teaching Seminar focusing on understanding equity and diversity, exploring Columbus’ urban context, and developing innovative curriculum
  • Extensive student teaching experiences, with support from experienced, carefully chosen mentors
  • Coaching and mentoring support during the first two years of teaching

If accepted into the program, you will be expected to commit to three years of teaching in Columbus City Schools.