Program Purpose and Overview

William Paterson University of New Jersey in partnership with Kean University and Rowan University will be offering the Garden State Urban Teacher Residency Program.

The first cohort started in January 2010 and the second cohort will begin January 2011.

The Urban Teacher Residency is a highly competitive grant program that will select 5 prospective teacher candidates from each University (15 total) per year to participate in an 18 month dual certification program which will culminate in teacher certification and a master’s degree in the areas of:

Special Education
Bilingual Education   

A full time commitment is required during the year of residency therefore each Resident will receive a living stipend of $30,000*

*Candidates are responsible for tuition and fees associated to the master’s program.

Teaching Commitment
Participants will be required to sign an “Agreement to Serve” indicating their commitment to teach in a low income school for three years after completing the program. Candidates must repay the stipend if the criteria is not met.

18 month Dual Certification Program Components:  

  • Master’s Degree Coursework
    They can pursue Elementary Education or K-12 Content Area Certification
  • 8 Learning Modules: 290 hours
    Field Time: 30 hours

    Modules are researched based, in a hybrid, online and distance learning format. These professional hours satisfy the requirements for Initial Teacher Certification by the DOE licensure code. 
  • 1 year Full-time Residency: (Begins Fall)
    4 days per week in an Urban Professional Development School
    Will include built in supports and mentoring.