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Queens College-New York City Department of Education Urban Teacher Residency

We are now accepting applications for the Queens College-New York City Department of Education Urban Teacher Residency.

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Who We Are

Staff from the New York City Department of Education and teaching faculty from Queens 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.

The 2020 – 2021  cohort will prepare residents to become:

  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Special Education Teachers (grades 7-12)

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. During the residency, your graduate coursework is specifically designed to align with your clinical experiences teaching in a public school classroom.

Life of a Resident

You’ll take courses at Queens 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 will provide personalized, targeted support as you master curriculum, instruction and assessment. UTR residents benefit from a personal teaching mentor, job placement assistance and ongoing support after the residency year.

During your residency year, you will teach two classes within your content area.

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 Queens College. As you complete the requirements of your master’s degree, you will be supported in earning your initial state teaching certification.

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“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, Former Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the New York City Department of Education, and former principal of High School for Telecommunication Arts and Technology.

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