Why Join STR?

Earn a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington through an intensive, full-time program that will specifically prepare you to teach in high-need contexts in Seattle Public Schools.

Financial Support
STR is committed to being an affordable pathway into the teaching profession. All residents receive a living stipend, access to financial aid, and information about eligible loan forgiveness programs.
Teacher Certification
Upon STR completion of the residency year, graduates receive their initial Washington State Residency Teacher certificate with an endorsement in Elementary K-8 and a second endorsement in their choice of English Language Learner or Special Education.
Hands-On Learning
Based on a medical residency model, STR Residents spend a full school year in a classroom apprenticeship working alongside a Mentor teacher in Seattle Public Schools.
STR has a network of dedicated instructors, graduates, mentors teachers, and principals who are committed to serving children and families in Seattle Public Schools. Joining the STR family is about more than becoming a teacher in your own classroom - it's about being part of a community of educators working toward equity and social justice in schools.
The Emerald City
Seattle, Washington, is at the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Geographic beauty, mountains, lakes and the Puget Sound make it an environmentally stunning place to call home. But while known for its attraction to lovers of the outdoors, metropolitan offerings hold equal appeal. Arts, theatre, restaurants and music are alive in this city of over 700,000 and metropolitan area of well over 3 million.

Join STR and make an impact in Seattle Public Schools

Commitment to Seattle Public Schools

STR graduates make a 5-year commitment to teaching in a Seattle Public Schools classroom after their residency year. The program and district continue to provide support after graduation to teachers working in SPS.

Our focus
is here

Teacher Shortage
A significant number of open teaching positions are due to teachers leaving the profession. We believe that the residency model helps to prevent this attrition through high-quality instruction combined with context-specific preparation.
Commitment to Urban Schools
Seattle is a city that has a long history of economic and racial segregation, and much of that history is still reflected today in the city's public schools. STR Residents are dedicated to serving students and families in schools and neighborhoods that have been historically marginalized.
Need for Diversity
Representation matters. Research show that students benefit when they have teachers who look like them. STR is committed to recruiting and retaining teachers of color to better match the diverse student population in Seattle Public Schools.
Teacher Quality
The STR program, in partnership with the highly-ranked University of Washington College of Education, prepares Residents to become highly-effective teachers by blending classroom apprenticeship with aligned, graduate-level coursework.

Eligibility Requirements


To apply for the Seattle Teacher Residency program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree by the time the program starts
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA*
  • Take the WEST-B test or equivalent before the application deadline
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA threshold may still apply to the program and their application would be considered, but the program must submit an admission petition to the Dean of the Graduate School before an offer is made.  STR evaluates applications using a holistic review process that takes many factors into account – GPA is only one indicator.

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