Coverdell Fellows

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The University of Mary Washington (UMW) has a long tradition of graduates entering the Peace Corps which stretches back more than 50 years. Since 1961, 248 UMW graduates have served as volunteers and the University has long been listed on the USPC list of top producing colleges. UMW’s core values and mission are focused on inspiring and enabling students to “make positive changes in the world” and the University is committed to preparing its graduates to lead lives of service, leadership, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.

UMW is also a Peace Corps Prep program partner, which prepares current students for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To serve as partners with the Coverdell Fellows Program is an important way to welcome Peace Corps Volunteers home and continue to ensure that the Peace Corps is a destination for our alumni.

  • Fellows will complete a full-time semester-long experience in a classroom. The internship experience will require the prospective teacher to be in classroom full time for a minimum of 300 clock hours with at least 150 clock hours spent supervised in direct teaching activities (providing direct instruction) in the endorsement area sought. Coverdell Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the federal work-study program and will be employed as Assistants in the UMW Peace Corp Prep Program.  The UMW College of Education’s Director of Clinical Experiences is responsible for arranging internship placements for all COE students.


For more information contact: Dr. April Brecht, Director of Advising Center Services, College of Education