School of Education

Social Action and Justice Education Fellowship Program

Addressing the nationwide lack of diversity and cultural competency in the teaching profession, Arcadia’s Social Action and Justice Education (SAJE) Fellowship prepares students to serve as classroom teachers, provide mentorship in diverse communities, and lead schools, programs, and educational opportunities geared toward social justice. Arcadia's SAJE Fellowship expands dual enrollment and enhances mentorship opportunities for participating students, and increases pathways for students of color. Each SAJE fellow will earn a bachelor’s degree aligned with Arcadia’s Secondary Education track, leading to certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, or Social Studies.

Who Can Be a SAJE Fellow?

SAJE fellows are aspiring educators interested in:

  • Leading high schools and academic programs in culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and educational equity
  • Developing their global perspectives through international education opportunities
  • Mentoring diverse students to foster success in the classroom and in life

Benefits to the Fellow

  • Full or partial tuition and housing scholarships
  • Study abroad funding
  • A fully equipped laptop
  • Preparatory summer program
  • Social justice leadership training and development opportunities
  • Job placement advantages in the School District of Philadelphia and priority interviewing in surrounding school districts


of the teaching population in the United States are educators of color.


reduction in high school drop-out rates for Black students who take classes with Black teachers.


of Pennsylvania schools have no teachers of color, making recruitment a priority.

Fellow Requirements

  • Students interested in teaching in secondary education;
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Essay demonstrates the values of the SAJE Fellowship;
  • Willingness to serve on the School of Education’s Teacher Leadership Team

Application Process

Students interested in the program must apply to Arcadia and complete the SAJE Fellowship Interest Form. Applicants can nominate themselves or be nominated. To be considered for the Fall 2022 fellowship cohort, prospective students must submit their applications by April 15. 

SAJE Fellowship Welcomes First Cohort of Aspiring Educators

The Social Action and Justice Education (SAJE) Fellowship will welcome nine aspiring educators to the Arcadia community this fall.

Our Commitment to Diverse Teacher Recruitment

The SAJE Fellowship aligns with several initiatives Arcadia’s School of Education has embarked on to diversify teacher education. This year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education also announced Aspiring to Educate (A2E), a program that aims to diversify Philadelphia’s teacher pool and develop culturally competent education programs, like Arcadia’s. The first of its kind in the nation, A2E with The Center for Black Educator Development, is partnering with Arcadia to expand dual enrollment and enhance mentorship opportunities for participating students, and increase pathways for students of color.

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Dr. Priscilla Jeter-Illes