Teacher Pathway Program General Description

Your career in education starts by applying for the 2020 Teacher Pathway Program. The Sanneh Foundation and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota have created a supportive, accessible way into the field of teaching and youth support.

The Teacher Pathway Program provides you with a team of support as you prepare for your career in education, and helps to reduce major financial barriers because you will be salaried as a Sanneh Foundation Dreamline Coach while you work toward your licensure and Master’s Degree. TPP offers Masters Degrees in two fields, English as a Second Language and Special Education. 




What does a day in the life of a Teacher Pathway Program Candidate look like?

Coaches start their days at their school sites. At these school sites, coaches meet with students, support students in classroom learning, provide homework assistance, and organize enrichment opportunities. Coaches typically work directly with 20 students and provide academic support while providing mentoring to these students. 

After the school day is over, coaches attend classes at Saint Mary’s and work on assignments for their Master’s program.


Information Sessions: TBD

Applications due TBD

Classes begin August TBD

2020 class anticipated graduation: June 2022 for ESL candidates and January 2023 for Special Education candidates.


Your Responsibilities as a Sanneh Foundation Dreamline Coach 

Academic support

  • Support students who are a part of your cohort to build academic skills across core courses
  • Lead specific interventions strategies or support classes with small groups of students
  • Utilize academic data to address the needs of student cohort members
  • Advocate for students academically to redo, improve, or revise assignments and/or tests

Mentoring: Socio-emotional and behavior

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with students, teachers, and other school staff
  • Leverage student relationships to effectively de-escalate and resolve conflict
  • Build student social skills to navigate adult relationships
  • Help students navigate school and the school system

School Engagement: Reconnect students with school

  • Create programming after school tailored to student interests to develop leadership skills
  • Recruit students to participate in after school expanded learning opportunities and homework help
  • Provide opportunities for youth voice
  • Encourage students to interact with, learn from, and teach across peer groups
  • Engage students in a service-learning leadership project centered around school and social change

Dreamline Program responsibilities

  • Attend all scheduled classes, meetings, trainings, and one-on-one coaching sessions
  • Collect required student data accurately and enter into the online data system weekly
  • Attend Dreamline orientation and professional development trainings throughout the school year
  • Use data to inform intentional academic and mentoring interventions/strategies with students in your cohort
  • Participate in Sanneh Foundation other programs/ events as assigned (Gala For Goals, etc...)



Minimum Requirement

  • A bachelor’s degree 
  • A passion for learning and helping others learn
  • Ability to tutor and provide homework help to youth middle and high school (grades 6-12)
  • Understanding of youth development theories and practices
  • Ability to work effectively with youth and adults who come from diverse racial and
  • economic backgrounds
  • Organizational, data collection, and documentation skills


As a Teacher Pathway Program Candidate, you will receive:

  • Hourly pay as a full-time Sanneh Foundation Dreamline Coach while completing your coursework
  • Benefit package including health and dental
  • Textbook assistance
  • School and community work experiences where you apply classroom practices in your day to day job
  • Collaborative, supportive environment at school and at work
  • Student teaching placement with a veteran mentor teacher
  • Application fee to Saint Mary’s University waived (a $35 fee waived)
  • Assistance in applying for financial aid and loan forgiveness programs
  • Assistance in applying for additional grants and stipends
  • Compensation: $26,000 in year one as a Dreamline Coach plus a benefit package; $30,000 in year two plus a benefit package


Application Requirements:

  • To apply for the Teacher Pathway Program please gather these materials:
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate degree and send to:
    • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    • Attn: Megan Troje
    • 2500 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • 2 letters of recommendation (professional or academic recommendations)
  • Personal statement (1 to 2 pages)




For more information on the program, contact Deana DeFoe at [email protected]​g 

Application Deadline: TBD