The year-long teaching apprenticeship experience under the guidance of a trained mentor teacher serves as a core component, and rather unique aspect specific to the teacher residency model. There are additional benefits afforded to residents associated with this model and the program.
- Full-time internship experience alongside a trained mentor teacher in the classroom of a partnering school district. Resident teachers will spend 4 days a week in the classroom with their mentor teacher for the duration of the academic school year
- 14 months of rigorous graduate level coursework at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Coursework is specifically tailored to align education theory to urban school practice, with a focus on the local context of the partnering school district (* note all graduate courses are taken at the Texas A&M University – Commerce Downtown Dallas Campus).
- Residents take courses in cohorts – allowing for a collaborative learning environment
- Master’s Degree (Master’s in Arts of Teaching) from Texas A&M University – Commerce
- Upon successful completion of the residency year, program residents will be eligible candidates for Texas Teacher Licensure
- Innate knowledge of local school district policies, procedures, and protocols, in addition to unmatched classroom teaching field experience within the partnering school district – aids with hiring process and job placement
- On-going professional development and induction support in the partnering school district as a first year teacher following the residency year
- Opportunities to pursue additional endorsements during first year of teaching (i.e. Bilingual, ELL, SPED)
- Resident scholarship (or stipend) – please see financial structure tab for more detail on program financial components
- Access to a robust network of resident graduates, and program mentor teachers
- Clearly defined career teaching career ladder, providing program graduates with the guidance and support necessary to, if desired, eventually become mentor teachers