The Resident Experience

The residency year begins in the middle of July after residents completed their 8-week internship in our Partner Schools. Residents will meet their mentor teachers, get to know the NTR staff and their cohort, and begin work in their assigned Partner School.  Here’s an overview of what the rest of the residency looks like:

Year 1: Teacher Residency

In the Fall:

  • You’ll work in one of our partner schools, providing direct service to students as tutors and teaching assistants earning approximately $25,000/year.
  • You’ll be assigned a highly effective mentor teacher whom you shadow and support.
  • You’ll attend twice-weekly technical, practice-heavy, NTR led teacher education classes in management, relationship building, community and culture, and math or ELA instructional methods that build on your work in schools.
  • Your classes are co-taught by staff from partner schools—you’ll learn from the best; the people doing this work every day.
  • You’ll participate in weekly, highly structured, coached role-plays, mastering the teaching skills you need so you’re ready for student teaching.

*Hardship Loan for Residents with Dependents: We know that even with the minimum resident stipend of $25,000 schools pay, the NTR year can be a tough one financially. We’re excited to announce a new program we’ve developed to help make that a little easier for residents with children. At the beginning of the school year, any resident with children will be eligible to receive a low-interest loan of up to $5,000 that will begin being repaid in December of your first year teaching. We hope that it will make the year a little easier for those residents who are coming to us with families.

In the Spring:

  • You’ll assume increasing responsibility of your mentor teacher’s classrooms, building to full-time student teaching.
  • You’ll be coached by your mentor teacher—a skilled practitioner who knows you, the school, and your students.
  • You’ll continue taking twice-weekly classes from NTR which integrate student teaching experiences and feedback from mentor teachers.
  • You’ll learn about and volunteer in the community your Partner School is located in—learning about your kids’ lives outside the classroom.
  • In May, you’ll successfully complete your residency year and will earn your Initial Teaching License.

Year 2: Full-Time Teaching

  • Most residents will continue work as full-time teachers in the partner school where they completed their residency.
  • If there is not a job available in your subject area at your school, you are guaranteed a teaching job at a different NTR partner school.
  • You’ll receive continuing coaching and support from NTR to make sure your first year gets off to a good start.
  • You’ll attend monthly, NTR-led professional development workshops to keep your skills sharp, reflect on your progress, and problem-solve the next challenge.
  • In the second semester of full-time teaching, residents will begin paying a $5,000 training fee to NTR (we’ll work out a payment schedule that works for you).   This fee is due only if you successfully complete the residency, earn licensure, and are placed in a full-time teaching job earning at least $40,000/year.

NTR is excited to have two partnerships with local, outstanding graduate schools of education. Through these partnerships, NTR graduates can continue their educational studies by pursuing one of two discounted Master’s degrees that are good fits for their career paths.

Partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education

  • Residents will be granted credit for one year of Relay Graduate School of Education’s two year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.
  • The cost for the one remaining year of graduate study will be approximately $9,000. Like any other graduate school, Relay students are eligible for federal financial aid to offset this cost.
  • Interested residents can enroll in Relay’s graduate program at the end of the resident year (spring semester).
  • Similar to NTR’s program, Relay is a practice-driven graduate school.

For more information on Relay Graduate School of Education’s Master of Arts in Teaching, visit http://www.relay.edu/master-arts-teaching.

Partnership with Lipscomb University

  • Through this partnership, NTR residents will be given 12 credits towards a Master of Education in Instructional Practice for their completed coursework in NTR.
  • The cost for the one remaining year of graduate study will be approximately $12,000. Like any other graduate school, Lipscomb students are eligible for federal financial aid to offset this cost.
  • If candidates choose, this M.Ed. program will also include an endorsement for working with English Language Learners.
  • Interested residents can enroll in Lipscomb’s graduate program at the end of the resident year (spring semester).
  • Lipscomb University is an outstanding, innovative institution, and we’re excited for what this partnership means for NTR graduates!

For more information on Lipscomb University’s Master of Education in Instructional Practice, visit https://www.lipscomb.edu/education/graduate-programs/med-programs/instructional-practice.