Innovative Teacher Preparation Program

The Seattle Teacher Residency program is a leader in rethinking the way that teachers are prepared to be Day 1 ready. Click here for 2023-2024 Cohort 11 Application Process.

The Residency Model

Teacher residency programs, pioneered over the last two decades in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and Denver, successfully apply the medical residency model to teacher preparation. By blending classroom apprenticeship with aligned, graduate-level, equity-centered coursework and an intensive Resident/Mentor partnership, residencies such as STR aim to accelerate student achievement through the training, support and retention of excellent and justice-focused teachers.

Social Justice Focus

For too long, race, income, ability and language have been predictors of academic achievement. STR is committed to preparing teachers to work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities so that schools can dismantle these inequities and barriers for students.

Core Practices

The Core Practices stem from the Values of our program and describe what the work of teaching looks like. The Core Practices are what we DO as teachers, the actions we take, that make the vision and values real and tangible. To that end, the STR Instructional Team uses these Core Practices to plan coursework and makes these practices transparent within their own instruction. In addition, the Core Practices are grounded in the coaching model. Residents are expected to identify core practices in planning for their own instruction and will be evaluated throughout the year with a framework that incorporates these elements.

STR Graduate Benefits

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Master in Teaching degree from the University of Washington in one year
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Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate, with endorsements in Elementary K-8 and your choice of English Language Learners (Multilingual Learners) or Special Education
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Priority hiring and binding teaching contract in Seattle Public Schools in a Title I K-5 setting
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Access to the STR network of graduates, alumni, mentors, instructors, principals and community partnerships

STR Video

Hear about Seattle Teacher Residency from the perspective of some of our program graduates and hiring principals!

The Residency Year

The Seattle Teacher Residency is a Masters in Teaching 1-year teacher preparation program completed through the University of Washington. The 5-quarter program begins in June and runs through August of the following year. Graduates of the program commit to teaching in a Title I school in Seattle Public Schools for 5 years following their residency year.

Residents begin the program and immediately start working with students at an elementary summer school.
Residents take coursework in methods of teaching literacy, mathematics, and the arts, as well as foundational coursework for working with English language learners (Multilingual learners) and students with disabilities. Theory and best practices are directly implemented in their work with students.
Residents learn about the social and political foundations of school and schooling and begin to engage in our Community, Families, and Politics strand.
Starting from the first day of their Seattle Public School placement school, alongside their Mentor teacher, Residents begin developing relationships with students while learning to develop a classroom community. Monday through Thursday, Residents are planning, co-teaching, pulling small groups for differentiation, and creating connections with families and colleagues.
Residents continue UW coursework on Wednesday evenings and all-day Fridays, continuing to develop strategies and skills around teaching literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. Wednesdays in Seattle Public Schools are early release days. Fridays will be spent engaging in UW Coursework off-campus from their assigned Residency placement school.
During winter and spring quarters, Residents continue in their placement with their Mentor teacher. They co-plan and co-teach with their mentor teacher on a daily basis and continue to hone their practice while working with students. Wednesdays in Seattle Public Schools are early release days. Fridays will be spent engaging in UW Coursework off-campus from their assigned Residency placement school.
Residents will take on Lead Teaching during each program quarter, in addition to participating in Studio Days professional development. During Lead Teaching, Residents are responsible for the bulk of the lesson planning and teaching while their Mentor teacher provides targeted feedback and support.
Residents who have successfully completed all evaluations, testing for endorsements and UW coursework will be recommended for priority hiring from SPS and interview for teaching positions during this quarter. This will result in a binding contract and guaranteed teaching position in a K-5 Title I school.
The second summer quarter includes UW coursework related to residents’ choice of second endorsement in either English language learners (ELL or Multilingual learners) or Special Education (SpEd).
SpEd Residents will finish their second endorsement in August. General Education Residents will complete a Fall Practicum during their first year of teaching to finish their second endorsement (ELL or SpEd).
At the end of the summer, Residents begin working as teachers of record in Seattle Public Schools, starting the first of their five year commitment to the district's high-need schools. STR will continue to support Graduate Residents through their first year and beyond.

Curriculum

There are two pathways in the STR program.  In the General Education (Gen Ed) pathway, Residents choose their second endorsement about halfway through the program – ELL (English Language Learners) or SpEd (Special Education).  In the Special Education pathway, Residents front-load some of the SpEd coursework earlier in the program and take a Special Education Seminar.

Select your curriculum :
ELEMENTARY ED + ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS ENDORSEMENTS
  • Teaching and Learning in Literacy
  • Teaching and Learning in Numeracy
  • Schools and Society/Working in Schools
  • Classroom Management
  • Child Development
  • Differentiated Instruction: Learning Environments and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Foundations in Special Education
  • Assessment in Elementary Education
  • Teaching & Learning in Science
  • Social Studies Education: Elementary School Programs and Practices
  • Multicultural Education
  • Field Experience
  • Approaches to Assessing 2nd Language Students in K-12 Schools
  • Multicultural Socialization and Development
  • Methods in Teaching English as a 2nd Language

Typically, the second ELL endorsement is granted after completing a state required practicum during the fall of your first year teaching.

ELEMENTARY ED + SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENTS
  • Teaching and Learning in Literacy
  • Teaching and Learning in Numeracy
  • Schools and Society/Working in Schools
  • Classroom Management
  • Child Development
  • Differentiated Instruction: Learning Environments and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity=
  • Foundations in Special Education
  • Assessment in Elementary Education
  • Teaching & Learning in Science
  • Social Studies Education: Elementary School Programs and Practices
  • Multicultural Education
  • Field Experience
  • Managing Student Behavior: Positive Behavior Intervention Support
  • Evidence Based Practice in Special Education Curriculum: Developing and Progress Monitoring

Typically, the second SpEd endorsement is granted after completing a state required practicum during the fall of your first year teaching.

SPECIAL EDUCATION + ELEMENTARY ED ENDORSEMENTS
  • Special Education Seminar
  • Teaching and Learning in Literacy
  • Teaching and Learning in Numeracy
  • Schools and Society/Working in Schools
  • Classroom Management
  • Child Development
  • Differentiated Instruction: Learning Environments and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Foundations in Special Education
  • Assessment in Elementary Education
  • Teaching & Learning in Science
  • Social Studies Education: Elementary School Programs and Practices
  • Multicultural Education
  • Field Experience
  • Managing Student Behavior: Positive Behavior Intervention Support
  • Evidence Based Practice in Special Education Curriculum: Developing and Progress Monitoring

Residents in the SpEd Pathway earn both Elementary and Special Education endorsements by August of their Residency year.

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