Atlanta Urban Teacher Residency Program

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The Atlanta Urban Teacher Residency focuses on innovative mathematics and science teaching and learning in middle and high schools. The Urban Teacher Residency (UTR) model is similar to the medical residency program model. AUTR is a member of a network of UTR programs across the country. Our program is designed to recruit teachers of high need positions and give them a strong year of “on the job” training and support followed by intense post-residency support.

Residency: The resident works alongside an experienced mentor teacher for one full year, and as a result, residents later enter their own classrooms as a full – time teacher with the experience and competencies that come from an intense, sustained classroom apprenticeship experience. In addition to the year-long apprenticeship, the Atlanta Urban Teacher Residency Program will offer a Master’s level curriculum leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Georgia State University. As a cohort, residents will simultaneously complete coursework and the apprenticeship to earn a clear renewable Georgia teaching certificate in secondary mathematics. Upon completion of the residency year, residents will be fully prepared to successfully teach in Atlanta’s urban classrooms.

Induction: During the first three years as a full-time teacher, graduate residents will receive intense support through the APS Induction Program. The induction program supports novice teachers through intense mentoring, coaching and professional learning opportunities. Graduate residents will receive individualized support and continue to participate in learning activities as a cohort. During the induction period, graduate residents will also be expected to complete the requirements for a Reading Endorsement and Special Education certification.

Commitment: Our program involves a five-year commitment that consists of an initial residency year of teacher preparation, followed by a four – year post – graduation commitment to teach in Atlanta Public Schools.    

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