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Founded in 2013, Dallas Teacher Residency (DTR) is a homegrown Dallas educator preparation program created by educators, for educators. 

DTR aims to prepare and support highly effective classroom teachers for urban school districts to ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, are provided with a high quality education.  DTR believes that education is one of the most critical civil rights issues of our generation, and that providing children with an equitable and high quality education is a fundamental human right. Ultimately, this work is rooted in increasing student academic achievement by recruiting, preparing, and retaining effective educators. 

As the first urban graduate teacher residency program in North Texas, in partnership with Texas A&M University – Commerce (TAMUC), DTR employs the teacher residency model - an innovative model of teacher training that emphasizes robust clinical practicum experience paired with graduate level course work.

Similar to a medical residency model, (teacher) residents spend 14 months in a clinical apprenticeship prior to fulfilling a three year teaching commitment with a partnering urban school district.  During residency, carefully aligned graduate level coursework provided by TAMUC is paired with a yearlong clinical apprenticeship under the guidance of a highly effective mentor teacher. Successful program graduates earn their master’s degree in Teaching as well as their initial Texas Teacher Certification. Following their residency year, residents apply for teaching positions within the partnering school districts and earn full-time salaries.  All DTR residency graduates have thus far received an offer for a teaching position in these districts.
 
 

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  • Dallas, TX
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From tutoring and preparing me for content exams, observing and giving feedback in the classroom, to assisting throughout the hiring process, I could not have asked for a more comprehensive training program.

Angelica McGhee

Dallas Teacher Residency
Master’s & certification
Postbaccalaureate with initial teacher certification Master of Education in the Arts of Teaching
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Master’s & certification
Postbaccalaureate with initial teacher certification Master of Education in the Arts of Teaching
  • 14 months
    Program Duration
    Program duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
  • In-person
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
    Yes
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Program Info

Dallas Teacher Residency (DTR) is a homegrown Dallas program created by educators, for educators. As the first urban teacher residency program in North Texas, in partnership with Texas A&M University – Commerce, DTR employs the teacher residency model - an innovative model of teacher training that emphasizes robust clinical practicum experience paired with graduate level course work, to ensure that new teachers are adequately prepared and supported to teach on day one. Dallas Teacher Residency recruits, prepares, and retains aspiring career teachers to become effective in urban schools – providing all children with the opportunity to be taught and inspired by a trained professional. DTR, unlike traditional teacher preparation programs, explicitly prepares teachers to teach in specific partnering school districts, allowing our preparation model to directly align with district goals and initiatives. Upon successful completion of the 14-month residency year, program residents earn:

  1. Master's Degree in Teaching from Texas A&M University - Commerce
  2. Texas Teaching Certificate
  3. A full-year of clinical training in an urban school under the guidance of a mentor teacher
  4. Preferential job placement in partnering school district and new hire support from DTR
  5. On-going induction support from DTR and university staff as new teachers (for 3 + years)
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  • 14 months
    Program Duration
    Program duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
  • In-person
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
    Yes
Upcoming Deadlines
  • Deadlines
    Program Start
  • Rolling Deadline
    Rolling Deadline
    Summer
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Tuition & Fees
$11,000
In State Tuition
$50
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Cost Offsets
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Loan Forgiveness

Texas A&M University - Commerce students are eligible to use TEACH grant and AmeriCorps education awards towards tuition

$20,000
Grants/Stipends

All residents receive a $20,000 stipend from September - June ($2,000 per month) during their residency year.

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Core Subjects (Pre-K-6)
English Language Arts and Reading (4-8)
English Language Arts and Reading (7-12)
Mathematics (4-8)
Mathematics (7-12)
Science (4-8)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (4-8)
Social Studies (7-12)
Spanish (7-12)
Special Education (Pre-K-12)

Program "Step" Overview

  • Course Scope & Sequence (subject to change)

    The course sequence at DTR is carefully designed for residents to gain the knowledge and skills appropriate for beginning teachers, while completing the 10 course sequence in a 14-month period. 

    Course Scope & Sequence (subject to change)

    SED 521: Models of Teaching
    EDCI 514: Management and Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners
    EDCI 595: Classroom Action Research (graduate thesis)
    EDCI 523: Internship (clinical apprenticeship)
    SED 513: Curriculum (elementary/secondary)
    EDCI 517: Reading and Learning in Content Area 
    EDCI 559: Diversity and Equity in Education Instruction 
    SED 510: Assessment
    EDCI 515: Effective Teaching in Diverse Environments

    Classroom management is essential for success in the classroom; having an understanding of management styles and the relation to instruction will assist in a successful beginning of the year. An understanding of the models of teaching and curriculum are crucial for beginning teachers when planning lessons. A focus on action research will insure they are prepared for data-based decision making and conducting inquiry projects during the academic year. Diversity in the classroom is a given; preparing residents for this reality early in their experience will allow them to build on the strengths of all students. After having mastered some basics of content-specific pedagogy, introducing ideas such as content literacy will be less daunting for the residents. Following the year-long residency, Effective Teaching will be capstone courses that allow for in-depth reflection on the year as well as planning for the upcoming school year.

Applicant Info

Through a highly selective recruitment process, DTR attracts a diverse group of talented college graduates, career changers, and community members. Residents are selected for what they’ve demonstrated in the past: academic achievement, leadership roles, and the ability to persevere. They are also selected for their vision of the future: their commitment to the community, their belief that children’s learning is their responsibility, and, their dedication to teaching as a profession. DTR is interested in prospective teachers who want to commit to at least three years of teaching following the residency year in partnering North Texas school districts serving low-income communities and diverse student populations.

The financial structure of Dallas Teacher Residency is both purposeful and intentional. Dallas Teacher Residency aims to provide program residents with an affordable, deliberate, and tailored experience. Components that are central to the financial structure of Dallas Teacher Residency are listed below:

  • Dallas Teacher Residency does not charge a program fee to residents
  • Residents pay graduate tuition directly to Texas A&M University – Commerce (in-state cost of Master’s degree with teacher certification is approximately $10,500)
  • Residents pay out-of-pocket expenses for books, course materials, and licensure exams fees
  • As a graduate program, program residents have access to and encouraged to apply for financial aid and federal loans to help with living expenses
  • Given that residents will teach in Title-1 Schools, Program residents are encouraged and eligible to apply for Federal TEACH grants (up to $4,000 a year)
  • Program residents receive a $20,000 scholarship during their residency year
  • Once hired as a teacher of record residents are eligible to partake in federal loan forgiveness programs for each year served teaching in our partnering school districts

Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience

    DTR residents are chosen because they demonstrate that they can be reflective about their practice and are open to being coached, which can be the single most important characteristic a residency looks for during the selection process. The year-long residency is a rigorous training program that values practice alongside content and theory, where future practitioners can apply what they learn by working alongside an experienced professional in the field. This ensures that new teachers are better prepared to teach in partner district schools. 

  • Preparation for Diverse Populations

    To ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, are provided with a high quality of education, DTR serves as a strategic response to local urban school districts’ need to recruit, prepare, and retain effective classroom teachers. DTR is a district-based teacher education program that pairs master’s level education content with a rigorous full-year classroom apprenticeship, which places participants with trained mentor teachers in urban classrooms.

    DTR is unique both in its training methods and in its pursuit to train teachers to become effective, specifically for the challenging, resource scarce environments of an urban school district.

  • Mentoring & Coaching

    In the Fall, residents are paired with a mentor teacher with whom they will spend four days a week with throughout the entirety of the school year. Each mentor teacher that residents work under is vetted through a highly selective application process. Student achievement data of the prospective mentor teacher is also analyzed (whenever possible). This robust selection process ensures that resident teachers are paired with not only a highly effective mentor teacher, but with an individual who has the desire to continuously grow and develop their own practice as a teacher leader/mentor/coach.

  • Commitment to Improvement

    DTR is one of 24 programs nationally selected to be part of the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR), Next Generation Network (NGN). NCTR holds our program accountable by setting strict quality standards, providing opportunities for collaboration with other programs across the country and evaluating network partners annually on standard performance metrics. Our collaboration with Texas A&M University – Commerce, as well as with the National Center for Teacher Residencies, provides our program with a critical evaluation framework and feedback loop. This ensures that our efforts to prepare highly effective teachers for North Texas are continuously evolving and improving. 

Stats
36
Total Enrollment
n/a
Program Completers
18.00%
Acceptance Rate
Gender
  • Male
  • Female
  • 42%
  • 58%
Ethnicity
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 4%
  • 4%
  • 33%
  • 17%
  • 0%
  • 42%
  • 0%
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