Global Online Teaching Fellowship

four students from rural China

Global Online Teaching Fellowship

The VIPTeach Global Online Teaching Fellowship is a virtual service and professional learning program designed to equip early and mid-career professionals with technology, pedagogical, and cross-cultural skills required of 21st century education leaders.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is VIPTeach?

VIPTeach is a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity founded by Cindy Mi, former teacher and Founder and CEO of VIPKid, a global education technology company.

VIPTeach empowers educators with technology and professional learning to drive innovation and equity in education. VIPTeach gives education leaders support, skills, and opportunities to break down barriers that prevent many children from accessing quality education.

What is the VIPTeach Global Online Teaching Fellowship?

The VIPTeach Global Online Teaching Fellowship is a virtual service and professional learning program designed to equip early and mid-career professionals with technological, pedagogical, and cross-cultural skills required of 21st century education leaders.

Fellowship Goals

The Global Online Teaching Fellowship aims to attract diverse education sector talent through a selective, unique part-time online fellowship. The Global Online Teaching Fellowship aspires to build a pipeline of tech-savvy and culturally competent education professionals prepared to leverage technology to provide all students with the quality education they need to succeed.

Fellowship Experience

During the program, Fellows gain practical online instructional experience teaching English virtually to K-12 students in China, who otherwise would not have access. Throughout the online teaching experience, Fellows are supported by professional learning opportunities that include collaborative learning and coaching among peers in the U.S. and abroad through the professional learning community (PLC) model, as well a virtual workshop and guest speaker series leveraging the expertise of the VIPTeach community and partners.

Fellow Pathways

There are two Fellowship pathways: one for novice online educators and one for experienced online educators. The Novice Fellow pathway is designed to expose a diverse group of education professionals to online teaching to benefit the students and communities they intend to serve in their education careers. The Experienced Fellows seek to deepen their own professional development and education leadership experience as coaches and mentors to the Novice Fellows. All Fellows are education professionals who plan to use the Fellowship to better serve their communities and the field as leaders in classroom teaching, school administration, education policy, education technology, and other education sector roles.

  • Novice Online Educators
    • Early and mid-career professionals with no experience teaching groups of students online
    • Eligible to apply to return as Experienced Fellows upon successful completion of two consecutive semesters of service
  • Experienced Online Educators
    • Professionals experienced in teaching groups of students online who serve as coaches and mentors to Novice Fellows
    • Second-year Fellows, or eligible online educators with requisite experience
What are the eligibility criteria to participate in the Global Online Teaching Fellowship?

Basic Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree 
  2. Eligibility to work in the U.S.

AND

  1. Minimum of one of the following current certifications: 
    1. TESOL
    2. TEFL
    3. TESL
    4. CELTA
    5. U.S. state teaching license with ESL endorsement

OR

  1. Graduate degree in education or related fields AND minimum of two years of teaching experience or the equivalent in mentoring, tutoring, or alternative education 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • International experience; exposure to non-U.S. educational systems
  • Experience using video conferencing technology
  • Interest in education technology 
What are the benefits of becoming a Global Online Teaching Fellow?

Global service to promote education equity

  • Provide access to quality online instruction to underserved classrooms around the world

Professional learning and career development 

  • Peer-to-peer learning, mentoring, coaching
  • Practical experience in online instruction, digital pedagogy
  • Professional Learning Stipend for professional conference, certificate, course, etc. during Fellowship period
  • International and cross-cultural experience to build cultural competence 

Alumni engagement

  • Ongoing professional learning and networking opportunities  

Stipends

  • Fellowship Stipend: $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) 
  • Professional Learning Stipend*: $500

*Two-semester commitment required. Distributed during Fellow’s second semester.

What is the commitment to participate in the Global Online Teaching Fellowship?

Global Online Teaching Fellows are accepted into the program twice annually: once prior to fall semester and once prior to spring semester (Northern Hemisphere). Global Online Teaching Fellows must serve two consecutive semesters in order to be eligible for the Professional Learning Stipend. Fellows who successfully complete the first semester of service and remain in good standing do not need to reapply, but rather are eligible to renew for a second semester of service.

The Fellowship Program consists of an onboarding period and 30 instructional weeks divided into two 15-week semesters (August-December and January-July) during which the Fellows participate in ongoing professional learning activities. Weekly hours dedicated to the Fellowship will be divided among training, instructional, and professional learning activities.

On average, each classroom will receive one 25-minute class per week led by a Global Online Teaching Fellow. Classes are scheduled between the hours of 8:30 AM and 12 PM China Standard Time (UTC +8) Monday through Friday. During the first semester of service, Novice Fellows will be assigned a maximum of three (3) classes per week (maximum 75 minutes per week). Novice Fellows will also be required to observe two (2) classes per week (50 minutes per week) led by Experienced Fellows. During the first semester of service, Experienced Fellows will be assigned a maximum of five (5) classes per week (maximum 125 minutes per week). 

FALL 2020 CALENDAR

Onboarding – August 2020

Seven (7) total required hours scheduled flexibly during the month of August

  • VIPTeach Fellowship Kickoff Meeting (1.5 hours) 
  • Online Teacher Coaching Session (2 hours) 
  • VIPKid New Teacher Orientation (1.5 hours)
  • Rural Education Project Certification (2 hours)

Online Instructional Experience – September-December 2020 

15 instructional weeks

Maximum weekly hours per Fellow as follows: 

Novice Fellow (Semester 1)

  • Assigned a maximum of three (3) classes per week (maximum 75 minutes per week)
  • Required observation of two (2) classes per week (50 minutes per week) led by an Experienced Fellow

Experienced Fellow (Semester 1)

  • Assigned a maximum of five (5) classes per week (maximum 125 minutes per week)

Professional Learning Experience – September-December 2020 

Two (2) hours per week for all Fellows according to a schedule mutually agreed upon between Fellows and VIPTeach*

Professional learning activities include one-on-one coaching sessions between Novice and Experienced Fellows; peer observation including class review, feedback, and reflection activities for all Fellows; and a workshop and guest speaker series for all Fellows.

*Detailed calendar provided before each semester

What is the application and selection process for the Global Online Teaching Fellowship?

The Global Online Teaching Fellowship application will be available at VIPTeach.org. The application for the fall 2020 intake will close on June 30, 2020. Fellows will be selected and announced in the summer of 2020 (Northern Hemisphere). The application process is as follows:

  1. Application form – Applicants complete the Fellowship application form published on VIPTeach.org.
  2. Pre-recorded interview – Based on your application form, you may be invited to submit a pre-recorded interview. Criteria for the pre-recorded interview will be provided with your invitation.
  3. Selection Committee review – The Fellowship Selection Committee will select the Fellowship cohort.

The Global Online Teaching Fellowship will launch with a cohort of 30 Fellows in the fall of 2020 (Northern Hemisphere). Fellow onboarding will take place in August and the official program will begin with the school year in September.

What are the selection criteria for the Global Online Teaching Fellowship?

The Global Online Teaching Fellowship seeks applicants of diverse backgrounds with education leadership aspirations in brick and mortar schools, online education, education policy, education technology, and other education sector roles.

Qualities of leaders who will drive innovation and equity in education:

Commitment to educational equity – Fellows believe that talent is universal and are committed to ensuring opportunity is as well. They are committed to increasing access to quality education for all students. 

Growth mindset – Fellows believe that talents can be developed and have a desire to continue learning and improving. Fellows are reflective practitioners who are open to giving and receiving feedback. They exhibit resilience and perseverance in the face of challenges. They are creative, flexible problem-solvers who believe failure is part of learning. 

Professionalism and career trajectory – Fellows demonstrate a commitment to a career in the education sector. They are goal-oriented, mission-driven professionals who demonstrate leadership, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. 

Values and attitude – Fellows value inclusion and embrace collaborative work in diverse teams. They have positive attitudes and easily build rapport with peers and students.

The Fellowship model is not the right fit for me, but I would like to support this initiative! Are there other ways to support the Fellowship program?

Thank you for your interest in VIPTeach! There are several ways to support our mission. 

If you would like to support VIPTeach’s mission with a financial contribution, please click here to make an online donation. Monetary donations to VIPTeach, a 501(c)(3) U.S. public charity, are generally tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Check with your tax advisor to confirm how to treat your donation.

You can also stay tuned for more information about ways to get involved by signing up for email updates at VIPTeach.org. 

What is the Global Online Teaching Fellowship’s relationship with the VIPKid Rural Education Project (REP)?

VIPTeach partners with the VIPKid Rural Education Project (REP) to provide online instructional experience to the VIPTeach Fellows who deliver live virtual English language lessons to rural students throughout China. This innovative partnership was recognized in 2020 by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea in Education.

Fellows utilize the VIPKid learning platform and REP curriculum to deliver instruction to rural schools. 

I’m a current/former VIPKid REP teacher. Can I participate in the Global Online Teaching Fellowship?

Yes. If you feel that the Fellowship model is a good fit for your interests and availability, you can apply to become an Experienced Fellow. There are two Fellowship pathways: one for novice online educators and one for experienced online educators. The Novice Fellow pathway is designed to expose a diverse group of education professionals to online teaching to benefit the students and communities they intend to serve in their education careers. Experienced Fellows seek to deepen their own professional development and education leadership experience as coaches and mentors to the Novice Fellows. This is the pathway suited to educators with experience teaching groups of students online, such as REP teachers. All Fellows are education professionals who plan to use the Fellowship to better serve their communities and the field as leaders in classroom teaching, school administration, education policy, education technology, and other education sector roles.

As a current REP teacher, can I participate in the Fellowship and still keep my VIPKid REP contract? 

Yes. We recommend that all prospective Fellows review and consider the commitment to participate in the Fellowship among other work and personal commitments in order to determine whether the program is the right fit.

What are the technical requirements to participate in the Fellowship?

Fellows utilize the VIPKid learning platform to deliver online lessons to rural classrooms. All Fellows must have proper equipment and an internet connection to be able to deliver online lessons and actively participate in learning opportunities. While VIPKid does not require any particular equipment or connection, VIPKid recommends the following equipment and system settings in order to effectively teach online:  

Well-functioning equipment and supplies needed to teach classes include, but aren’t limited to, microphone(s), camera(s), computer(s), and an internet connection with adequate speed.

Recommended system settings:

  • Desktop, Laptop, MacBook, iPad, or Microsoft Surface
  • ‍Windows 7, 8 and 10; Mac OS 10.X or higher operating system (Linux and Chrome OS are NOT supported by VIPKid)
  • ‍≥ Intel i5 processor
  • ‍≥ 8GB RAM
  • ‍Wired high-speed internet connection of ≥ 25 Mb/s

‍Recommended accessories:

  • A headset (such as Logitech H151or H150)
  • ‍A webcam (such as Logitech C270 or Logitech C310) or a high-quality built-in camera
  • ‍A backup power supply and mobile hotspot in case you experience power outages or blackouts in your area
  • ‍A backup device such as an iPad
  • ‍A camera with a resolution of at least 2 megapixels is considered high-quality and well-functioning
  • ‍A blue or clear white-based light or lightbulb that is positioned to shine a light on your face