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.
Program duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
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:
- Master's Degree in Teaching from Texas A&M University - Commerce
- Texas Teaching Certificate
- A full-year of clinical training in an urban school under the guidance of a mentor teacher
- Preferential job placement in partnering school district and new hire support from DTR
- On-going induction support from DTR and university staff as new teachers (for 3 + years)
Texas A&M University - Commerce students are eligible to use TEACH grant and AmeriCorps education awards towards tuition
All residents receive a $20,000 stipend from September - June ($2,000 per month) during their residency year.
Provides information on the types of credentials one can gain by becoming certified to teach through this specific program of interest.
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
- Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
- Special Education and Teaching
- Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language
- Drama and Dance
- Earth Science
- Education, Other
- English/Language Arts
- Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics
- Foreign Language
- French Language
- German Language
- Social Studies/History
- Physical Education
- Social Science
- Social Studies
- Spanish Language
- Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
- Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts
- General Education
Program "Step" Overview
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
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
- Two or more races