Residency Information

General Information



What is a residency?

A residency is similar to an apprenticeship.  In our residency program, novice teachers spend a full school year as a resident (apprentice), working side by side with an experienced mentor teacher in a host school, while taking graduate coursework at Queens College that culminates with a master’s degree in adolescent education.

How is Urban Teacher Residency different from other teaching certification programs?

UTR provides each of its residents with an immersive classroom teaching experience but with the added benefit and support of a mentor and program coach. Graduate school coursework at Queens College is also aligned to your classroom experiences.

How long is the residency program?

The residency program is 24 months long. The program begins in early June, prior to the start of the residency school year. In the first summer, residents will take coursework at Queens College, experience field work at summer school sites and take advantage of professional development opportunities with Queens College and NYC DOE staff.

How does my first year differ from my second?

During your first year in the residency, you will be paired with a mentor at a Queens, NY host school and will begin taking graduate courses at Queens College. You will teach two classes with the support and guidance of your mentor. In your second year, you will continue with coursework at Queens College and will become a full-time teacher of record,  teaching four to five classes with continued coaching and support as you are inducted into the teaching profession. Upon completion of the program, you’ll earn a master’s degree in adolescent education from the Queens College School of Education and become eligible for certification.

Can I choose my mentor or where I am placed as a resident?

During the admissions process, you will interview with potential host schools and you will be hired at one of those schools in order to secure admission to the program.

Can I select the courses I take at Queens?

Your courses are predetermined by Queens College to ensure that they are properly aligned to your residency classroom experiences.  Courses will vary based on your content area and cohort track.

What do I need to do to join the program?

The application will open soon.

Life of a UTR Graduate


Will New Visions find me a job after my residency?

After successful completion of your residency, UTR assists you in finding a teaching position in a NYC high-need school for the following school year.

Must I work in a New Visions school after program completion, and if so, how long is my commitment?

Residents must teach in a high-need NYC Department of Education school in their content area for at least four years after their residency year. The school need not be a New Visions school.

See our Queens College page for more information: https://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/Education/Pages/UTR.aspx