Who We Are
Coaches from New Visions and teaching faculty from Hunter College work together to prepare you to be the expert teacher you aspire to be. From recent college graduates to career changers, our diverse group of residents are committed to powerfully impacting students’ lives through teaching in New York City public schools.
Why Urban Teacher Residency?
Novice teachers benefit from intense clinical practice and comprehensive support in their critical first years of teaching. In the Urban Teacher Residency, you are supported in being successful by being paired with a mentor from day one. Over the 18-month residency, your graduate coursework is specifically designed to align with your clinical experiences teaching in a public school classroom.
You’ll take courses at Hunter College towards a master’s degree in Adolescent Education and will apply what you’re learning in real time with the students you teach. Your professors and coaches will work together to provide personalized, targeted support as you master curriculum, instruction and assessment. UTR residents benefit from a personal teaching mentor, deferred tuition, job placement assistance and ongoing support after the residency year.
“Based upon my experience hiring graduates of the program, I believe UTR-trained people are far better positioned to be successful teachers than any other group of new teachers with whom I have worked.” Phil Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the New York City Department of Education, former principal of High School for Telecommunication Arts and Technology.
Life of a Resident
During your residency year, you will teach one class within your mentor teacher’s schedule. Residents teach subject areas including English Language Arts, mathematics, science, TESOL and special education.
You’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your work with your mentor and get expert feedback on your teaching practice in real time, all while working towards your master’s degree. In your second year, you’ll be teaching full-time in a New York City public school while taking 2-3 evening classes towards your master’s degree at Hunter. As you complete the requirements of your master’s degree, you will be supported in earning your initial state teaching certification.Sample Schedule
- Charter Schools
- District Schools
“In terms of my first year teaching, UTR will benefit me because I now have a significantly larger network of colleagues who will all be able to provide needed support and who I know I can count on to be there to share in my triumphs and struggles throughout my career.”
“The UTR program was immediately appealing to me because they provide a thorough and intense hands-on experience that is supported by a mentorship with an experienced teacher and the countless resources available to us at New Visions.”
I feel that UTR is one of the best programs out there for preparing individuals to teach in the inner city. We are not just given a few classes and then thrown into a classroom. We are actually guided and supported throughout the whole process.”