The Kansas City Teacher Residency is a teacher preparation and development program that seeks to improve educational outcomes for students throughout Kansas City. To that end, we support individuals in developing mastery of teaching skills, obtaining certification, earning a master's degree and finding employment at a school site.
Our program builds upon the medical residency model of practicing medicine under the tutelage of seasoned physicians by fusing ideologies of effective teaching with a year-long, in-school residency. During this year, residents practice and hone their leadership skills and knowledge under the wings of a mentor teacher in a high-need urban classroom.
Our targeted recruitment focuses on candidates that are committed to Kansas City as well as diversifying the educator pool through the addition of teachers of color and male teachers. We very carefully and purposefully match our residents and mentor teachers to ensure the best experience and education for all involved.
The residency is accompanied by a five-week Summer Institute as well as a rigorous curriculum as students earn their Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Teacher residents also receive weekly coaching to further their leadership skills and have practice days with a gradual increase in classroom responsibilities.
- Government/Nonprofit organization
- Kansas City, MO
The most rewarding part of being a teacher is knowing that I impact a student’s life everyday, even if they are not in my classroom.
- 48 monthsProgram DurationProgram duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
- In-personProgram Format
The Kansas City Teacher Residency is a teacher preparation and development program. We believe that the best way to improve educational equity throughout our city is to increase the number of excellent teachers in our schools. Using a nationally proven model that emphasizes mentorship, hands-on experience and intensive coaching, KCTR helps passionate individuals transform into incredible teachers that are changing the lives of students in Kansas City.
$8,000: TEACH Grant awards up to $8,000 for education costs if candidates meet the eligibility requirements.
$6,095: The Segal Education Award awards $6,095 for education costs if candidates meet the eligibility requirements.
$20,000 stipend: A living stipend is provided by KCTR during the residency year.
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Program Semesters/Steps Overview
- Year 1 (Teaching Resident)
Begin a Master’s degree through UMKC in a cohort model, attend Summer Institute, receive a $20,000 living stipend as well as access to two education grants and health benefits, receive weekly coaching and observations from a KCTR Coach, be granted a State of Missouri Educator license and work alongside a mentor teacher in a KCTR partner school.
- Years 2-4 (Resident Graduate)
Commit to at least three years of teaching in a KCTR partner school, complete a Master’s degree through UMKC in Year Two, continue to receive KCTR coaching and feedback, receive ongoing professional development, access classroom resources, and participate in KCTR community events.
- Hands-On Experience
We believe hands-on, real classroom experience is critical to the success of our residents. In their first year of our program, KCTR residents gain over 1,200 clinical hours of in-classroom experience with a master teacher in a partner school. Through this experience, residents are set up to be successful and confident transitioning into a full-time teaching position beginning in year 2.
- Preparation for Diverse Populations
Kansas City Teacher Residency believes that all children deserve to have a quality education and an effective teacher, which is why we prepare our residents to work with diverse populations with unique needs, including students in poverty and students with different racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
- Mentoring & Coaching
Coaching is one of the most important components of our program. Our residents receive coaching and feedback from their mentor teacher, as well as from their KCTR instructional coach.