Manchester Excels is a partnership between Goodwill AmeriCorps and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU): a 36-credit, 16-month clinical Master’s in Education program with a focus in secondary education STEM teaching and AmeriCorps service hours through a student teaching placement in greater Manchester schools.

Members take coursework and engage with students in grades 5-12 from the start of the program, spending a full school year serving alongside practicing educators in local schools. During the summer, members develop project-based learning activities, and then work with middle and high school students during a summer learning program sponsored by SNHU. By the end of the program, members will have earned a Graduate Certificate in Trans-Disciplinary Competencies along with STEM education badges as part of their clinical coursework.

We interviewed current member, Zach Gitschier, who has been serving with Manchester Excels for about 8 months so far. Hear what Zach has to say about his service below.


Requirements: Members must be accepted to SNHU’s Master’s of Education Program and are required to pay tuition fees.  The time commitment for this program is 12 months.

To learn more about Manchester Excels, visit our Serve, Learn, Earn portal: