The Teacher Residency Program is an alternate route to elementary certification that embraces a different approach to attract and retain teachers of color (residents) in CT:
Once accepted, candidates participate in:
All TRP candidates must complete 18 months of coursework beginning in June. Courses run 6 weeks in the summer, Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the residency and 6 weeks the following summer. There are some Saturday courses and monthly cohort meetings during the school year. For a list of this year’s course schedule click here: Sample Course Schedule.
Each candidate serves in a resident position under the guise of a mentor teacher for the 10 month academic school year and attend district and school-based professional development sessions. From before school starts, residents are involved in all aspects of what it means to be a classroom teacher.
Candidates must pass the following assessments for Connecticut state certification 305 elementary grades 1-6.
Candidates will receive vouchers for one administration for each of the three assessments while enrolled in the program. *Praxis II is a pre-program requirement for admission.
Candidates who successfully meet certification and program requirements will work with the sponsoring district to serve as a full-time teacher after the second summer under a 90- day Teaching certificate. During the first 4 months, they take a class called Planning Seminar and are mentored by a Sponsor Teacher for support. After successful 90- day experience, candidates apply for an Initial Teaching Certification.
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