How to Apply

The Connecticut Teacher Residency Program is an 18 month alternate route to elementary certification program focused on increasing educators of color in elementary schools across Connecticut. Resident candidates will be enrolled in rigorous coursework for 18 months at a central location and serve in a paid residency position in a mentor teacher’s classroom for the school year in a participating district.  Mentor Teachers will work side-by-side with their resident and be supported by the program coordinator for one academic school year to help Residents prepare for a successful career in education.  Residents are eligible for a full-time teaching position upon completion of certification requirements in the participating district and are supported for three years while they work in that district.  

Candidates must be available for coursework beginning June 2021. 

    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the field of education 
    • Experience working with marginalized population
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater*
    • Bachelor’s degree required including a minimum of 39 semester hours of credit in general academic courses: In five of the six areas listed below.
      • (1) English;
      • (2) Natural sciences;
      • (3) Mathematics;
      • (4) Social studies; and
      • (5) Foreign language; or
      • (6) Fine arts; 

***Candidates with an undergraduate GPA below a 3.00 may apply, but must complete a waiver request.


Applications officially open for the 22-23 cohort on November 1, 2021 through February 11, 2022. Currently, our locations include ACES (New Haven County), CES (Lower Fairfield County), CREC (Hartford County),  and LEARN (New London County).  Other endorsement areas or locations may be added.  Check back with us for updates.  

To apply, you will need to submit an application with the following:   

    • Official Transcript*** 
    • Three letters of recommendation for this program
    • Résumé 
    • Score report from one of the following: 
      • Praxis Core Mathematics, Reading and Writing tests; or
      • SAT, ACT or GRE
    • Writing sample

Candidates must be available for coursework beginning June 2022.

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Key Dates* 2021-2022

Nov 1- March 5, 2021 Application period open

May 5, 2021 Applicants notified of acceptance – Rolling applications still accepted

June 17, 18 2021 Mandatory orientation

June 21, 2021 Summer 1 classes begin

August 2021 Residency year begins / Transition Ceremony

September 2, 2021 Fall classes begin

January 4, 2022 Winter classes begin

March 15, 2022 Spring classes begin

June 2022 Summer 2 classes begin

June 2022 Elementary teaching assignment

December 2022 End of TRP Coursework

* These dates may be subject to change.

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