UTR Application Process

Our application process is designed with you in mind. Each step is meticulously planned to help us to determine if UTR is a good fit for the hundreds of exceptional candidates we meet each year, and to help you understand our program and determine if this is the right fit for you.

  1. Online Application: During this stage of the application process, we are looking to learn more about your educational and professional background. You will be asked to complete the Queens College Graduate Admissions Application. Submission of the online application requires the following: 
    1. Transcripts from all academic institutions attended.
    2. Three professional letters of recommendation (from professors, supervisors, or colleagues)
    3. A brief essay detailing why you want you to join the Urban Teacher Residency and teach high-need students in your selected content area
    4. Payment of the Graduate Admissions application fee. Please note: If the application fee causes a financial hardship for you, please reach out to Jada Young at jyoung@newvisions.org; we do not want any prospective applicants turned away due to inability to pay the fee.
    5. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)- General Test OR providing proof of your registration for the test by Spring 2018, per a 2015 law mandating all teacher preparation programs in New York State to require the GRE exam. Note that there is no cut off score. You may submit your application prior to completing the GRE, but you will be required to list the date you have registered to take it.

Unofficial Versus Official Transcripts
In order to expedite initial review of your academic eligibility, you will be able to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts into the online application portal. However, you will be required to submit official copies of your academic transcripts to Queens College in order to secure admission into the program. We recommend that as soon as you’ve made the decision to move forward with the UTR application process, you arrange to have official copies of your academic transcripts sent to the Queens College Office of Graduate Admissions.

2. Video Interview: Based on your Online Application, you may be invited to participate in a video interview. During this interview, you can expect to answer questions about your background, prior professional experience, your interest in teaching and in participation in the Urban Teacher Residency specifically.

3. Selection Event: Candidates who successfully complete the Video Interview and meet the academic eligibility requirements will be invited to attend a half-day in-person selection event at a residency host school. At the selection event, you will be expected to teach a five-minute demo lesson to a small group of students from the host school, receive feedback from the selection day raters and reteach your lesson based on the feedback you received. We will be looking for your ability to receive, make sense of, and incorporate feedback to improve a lesson, and your ability to present information in an engaging way to students. Our selection events also include a tour of the residency host school and opportunity to learn about the school, and a one-on-one interview with school staff.

Some candidates may receive an offer of admission after their very first school selection visit, while others may need to attend two to three school-based selection events before they “match” with a school that wants to hire them and where they want to work. The program staff does its best to take applicants’ preferences (geographical, etc.) into account when scheduling candidates to visit prospective host schools.

The length of the application process depends on a variety of factors, including but not limited to selection of residency host schools, review of candidate applications, and scheduling interview events at host schools. During the Selection Day period, candidates are accepted on a rolling basis as soon as a Host School makes them a hiring offer.

Information Sessions
We value the opportunities to get to know candidates and answer any and every question to help you make the decisions that are right for you. We highly encourage all candidates to attend the upcoming information sessions. We will be hosting both in-person information sessions and virtual webinars to provide  maximum convenience for candidates.

Application Deadlines 

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Our priority deadline is December 15, 2018. After the priority deadline, we will accept applications through February 15th, 2019.

Application Timelines

While individual application timelines will vary by candidate, the table below provides typical application timelines throughout the application season:

Admissions TimelineApproximate Time
Submit Online ApplicationPriority Deadline: December 15
Regular Deadline: February 15
Video Interview InvitationOn a rolling basis, between mid-October through mid-March, usually about 4 weeks after your online application is received.
In-Person Interview Invitation
January 2019 (first invitations sent for priority candidates) and others on a rolling basis
Attend In-Person InterviewFebruary-April
Receive Admissions Decision or an Invitation to attend another Selection DayWithin 2 weeks of attending an in-person interview
Accept or Decline Offer to Enroll in UTRWithin 2 weeks of offer

We highly encourage candidates to contact UTR program staff with any questions or concerns you may have about your application. We are happy to support you.