Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC) has been made possible through the funding of two Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grants from the U.S. Department of Education. These grants were created to foster partnerships between schools, districts, and universities in efforts to support high quality teacher preparation (USDOE, 2014). In order to receive grant funding, TR@TC’s creators pledged to develop graduate programs leading to initial teacher certification in a shortage area (i.e., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Intellectual Disabilities/Autism, and Science) as well as a Master’s of Arts degree.
The residency program supports cohorts of students who take part in yearlong clinical experiences in local high-needs public schools. After graduation, residents pledge to teach in similar local high-needs public schools; during this time, they also receive induction support from TR@TC.
TR@TC has prepared a cohort of about twenty residents per year. Ninety residents have graduated from the program, and we have 35 current residents. In its first iteration, TR@TC was a 14-month program certifying teachers in special education and TESOL. In its current iteration, we prepare and certify special education, TESOL, and science teachers through an 18-month program. Some of our former residents have come full circle, serving as both mentor teachers and residency supervisors for current residents.