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 Hunter 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 Hunter College is also aligned to your classroom experiences.

How long is the residency program?

The residency program is 18 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 Hunter College, experience field work at summer school sites and take advantage of professional development opportunities with New Visions program 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 your host school and will begin taking graduate courses at Hunter College (typically held one day of the week). During the residency you will teach one class within your mentor’s schedule, with his/her support and guidance. You will receive a financial stipend to offset the cost of living, health benefits, and your tuition will be deferred until after your residency year. In your second year, you will continue with coursework at Hunter 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. You will start at the salary scale of a second-year teacher and upon completion of the program, you’ll earn a master’s degree in Adolescent Education from the Hunter College School of Education and become eligible for certification.

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

In June, at the beginning of the program, you’ll take part in a rigorous matching process, meeting multiple mentors in your content area. Your preferences will be one of many things taken into consideration in the matching process. New Visions will choose your school and mentor, based on the best environment for your learning and growth as a teacher.

What does a typical week look like?

Take a look at a resident’s sample schedule to learn more about the resident experience.

Can I select the courses I take at Hunter?

Your courses are predetermined by Hunter 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 2017-2018 cohort application is now closed. Please check back in September of 2017 for the 2018-2019 cohort application. 

Financial Information

How much does it cost to join the residency?

There is no cost to join the residency. The cost of your tuition at Hunter College is deferred until the completion of your residency year. During the program, residents are, however, responsible for the following costs:

  • DOE fingerprinting
  • Exam fees
  • Books
  • Transportation

What do I repay after the residency?

After your residency year, you are responsible for repaying half of the cost of the master’s degree program. This amount will be deducted from your regular pay in approximately 44 installments, commencing in the second fall when you are hired as a full-time teacher of record for the New York City Department of Education.

What am I paid during the residency year?

During your first summer in the residency, you receive a $1,000 stipend and a $22,500 stipend in your residency year. You also receive health care coverage through the New York City Department of Education, commencing with the start of the school year. After your residency year, when hired, you receive a full-time salary and benefits starting at the salary scale of a second-year teacher, based on the Department of Education payscale.

Life After Residency 


Will New Visions find me a job after my residency?

For the residency year, you’ll go through a matching process for placement in a host school. 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.