Touro Holmes Masters

The Touro Holmes Masters' (THM) program, coordinated by The Lander Center for Educational Research, is registered with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) national Holmes Scholars Program. The program is designed to attract and develop members from historically underrepresented communities who seek a career in education.

THMs are afforded a support system of peer networks and mentorship that occur locally and nationally. The program adds value to our graduate programs in the Graduate School of Education (GSE). Participants are selected through a rigorous process and must demonstrate high academic performance and a commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity, advocacy, and leadership (IDEAL). The Touro Holmes program is a year-long commitment.

Benefits of Becoming a Touro Holmes Master (THM)

  • Membership in a national network of peers with access to dedicated online social and professional networks
  • Mentoring opportunities by AACTE Holmes alumni in academia and leadership positions
  • Opportunities to present a research project at the AACTE Annual Meeting
  • Networking the AACTE Annual Meeting
  • Access to position announcements throughout the year
  • Attendance of the Annual Holmes Summer Policy Institute in Washington, DC, including participation in AACTE’s Day on the Hill
  • Leadership and professional development opportunities at the national, state, and local levels
  • Access to academic scholarships

Expectations of Touro Holmes Masters

Holmes Masters candidates agree to the following commitments:

  • One year of active participation in the Touro Holmes Program
  • Uphold the ideal of inclusion, diversity, equity, advocacy, and leadership within the profession and community
  • Support and engage in P-12/University partnership development


  • Be a member of a historically underrepresented group or community
  • Be fully enrolled in Touro’s Graduate School of Education
  • Hold a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and maintain a 3.25 GPA for graduate work
  • Be committed to the ideals of the Touro Holmes Program
  • Meet other requirements, as specified in the Holmes Program application

The deadline to submit Touro Holmes Masters' applications has passed. Applications for the next cohort will open in fall 2021.