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The Student Experience

 Cohort of 2016-2018

2016-2017 cohort

Student Quotes

"When I first moved to Nashville, I didn't know anybody; I was a new face in a new city. But then I met the other students in my Elementary Education cohort and the talented professors with whom I'd be working. Within the first few weeks of class, we developed close relationships with one another and in no time at all, the strange new place in which I lived began to feel like home." -Katie G. 

Program Highlights


"The Practicum experience is a really unique opportunity for graduate students to observe and participate in a full school day at an extremely diverse MNPS (Metro Nashville Public Schools) Elementary School. Students are typically in a single classroom for the entirety of the semester, and work with their Field Mentors (teachers) and University Mentors (VU Professors) to observe the classroom environment, reflect on teaching and learning, and teach lesson plans to real students (written in conjunction with the methods courses). Practicum provides Peabody students with an authentic classroom experience that really helps to ground the learning of theory and strategy present in the methods courses, as well as allowing teacher candidates to hone their teaching and classroom ecology skills through actual experiences with students." -Brandon H.

Methods Courses

"This is where the theory and strategy is learned. Through a combination of academic readings, responsive writing and course work, and classroom discourse, students learn the theories, skills, and techniques that will prepare them for their future jobs as teachers. Methods courses are typically small (10-20 students), which creates a great opportunity for important in-class discourse, as well as individual attention from faculty. The curriculum is extremely well-rounded, with courses focused on teaching content in academic subjects (math, literacy, science, social studies, and writing), as well as classroom ecology (i.e.: classroom management), children's literature, arts and humanities, and English Language Learner education. In conjunction with the practicum, students write a variety of lesson plans throughout multiple subjects. These lessons plans are reviewed and refined, with assistance from methods course professors, and then taught by teach candidates in a real classroom environment at the practicum site." - Sarah B.

Applying to the Program 

What Peabody Looks for in Prospective Students

"Our current cohort comes from a variety of backgrounds, including English majors, broadcasting, anthropology, fine art, and more. What we all share in common is our passion for working with children, and supporting them as they become life-long learners." Melissa F.

"Prospective students will have a passion for education, diverse lived experiences, and habits of mind to support career long learning.  Applicants should have a strong academic record and experience working with young people in or out of school (e.g., working in a camp or community-based program, coaching a sports team, tutoring, etc.). We also look for evidence of personal and professional qualities necessary for exemplary teaching – including initiative, resourcefulness, effective listening and communication skills, and the ability and desire to collaborate and grow." -Peabody Admissions

Suggested Preparation: 

Applicants should have earned a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Successful applicants have varied greatly in undergraduate majors -- from Biochemistry to English to Graphic Design to Psychology. Common among successful applicants is experience working with children or teenagers in school or non-school settings.

Link to application

Financing your Education


All students are considered for merit-based scholarships based on their application; there are no additional forms to complete. Scholarships range from $1,000 - 75% of tuition.

Further details on scholarships can be found here:

Student Assistantships and Work-Study

Vanderbilt University-Peabody College offer an enormous range of work-study opportunities, ranging from educational research, tutoring, in-school assessments, program assistance, and more. If you have received federal work-study aid, you will find a job!