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.

Urban Teacher Residency Application Process

To apply for the Urban Teacher Residency, you will be required to submit an online application through Queens College’s Graduate Application Portal.  Please read the below instructions in its entirety. Once you are ready to begin the Urban Teacher Residency application, click on the blue “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the page.

Application Requirements:

Application Requirement Additional Information
Three professional/academic references From professors, supervisors, colleagues
500 Word EssayDetailing why you want you to join the Urban Teacher Residency and teach high-need students in your selected content area.
Graduate Admissions Application Fee$75

Contact program staff with questions or concerns about the application fee
Completion of GRE ExamThere is no cut off score. You may submit your Queens College application prior to completing the GRE, but you will be required to enter the future date you have registered to take it. The GRE exam must be taken prior to admission in the program.
Official Academic TranscriptsTranscripts must be received from every previously attended post-secondary college/university. All transcripts must be official, and dated within the past six months. Please mail them to Queens College's Office of Graduate Admissions

Selecting UTR programs in the Queens College Application

  1. Make sure you meet the academic eligibility requirements.
  2. Create an account through Queens College’s ApplyYourself Portal. Complete all required elements of the application.

Candidates applying for English Language Arts, Special Education and Science: 

  1. Click on the Program Information link on the left-side menu
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the Program dropdown list. Under the New Visions headline, choose your selected content area.

Candidates applying for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  1. Click on the Program Information link on the left-side menu
  2. Scroll down the Program dropdown list until you see the MAT headline. Select TESOL MSED-MS.Ed.

After Submitting the Online Application 

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.

 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.

Application Deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis through Spring 2019.  We encourage you to begin your application as soon as possible. The next application period will begin in the Fall 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 ApplicationRegular Deadline: Spring 2019
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

Who To Contact:

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. 

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