Boston Teacher Residency

  • MA

About Us

Program Overview

The Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) is an innovative program in urban education that combines graduate coursework toward a Masters degree in Education with a yearlong teaching apprenticeship before placement as a full-time teacher in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). We recruit talented, committed individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds to enter a 13-month Teacher Residency modeled on a clinical teaching hospital approach; residents apply theory to practice, taking rigorous coursework and gaining extensive hands-on, practical experience in the classroom. They then continue to receive formal support and professional development during the first three years and beyond of their teaching careers. Our mission is to drive significant student achievement gains in Boston through the recruitment, preparation, and support of exceptional teachers.

Program Highlights:

● Co-teach in a collaborative teaching and learning environment under the guidance of experienced Clinical Teacher Educators

● Take coursework taught by exceptional faculty

● Earn a low-cost M.Ed. from University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston), a Massachusetts Initial Teacher license, and a dual license in Special Education or English as a Second Language

● Receive a generous stipend plus health benefits during the residency year through service with AmeriCorps

● Participate in continuing professional development and new teacher induction during your first three years teaching in the BPS after graduation

● Take advantage of our unique tuition remission agreement -- the $10K program tuition is fully waived after completion of a three-year teaching commitment in BPS


● The George Lucas Education Foundation named BTR as one of the 10 LeadingSchoolsofEducation [Nov 2007]

● BTR was twice named a Finalist in the InnovationsinAmericanGovernmentAwards hosted by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University [2008 and 2011]

● BTR was featured in a cover story on "HowtoRecruitBetterTeachers" in the annual National Service issue of TIME Magazine [September 20, 2010].

● BTR is a founding member of a national coalition designed to replicate the residency model of teacher preparation in urban districts nationwide: