Giving Teachers the Tools to Make a Difference

Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) is a one year, full-time AmeriCorps program that recruits talented college graduates, career changers and community members of all ages and gives them the tools to make an immediate impact in the classrooms of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Combining a yearlong classroom apprenticeship with targeted master’s-level coursework, the program offers much more than just an affordable route into teaching. BTR provides every resident with the practical learning, hands-on experience and ongoing support essential to any successful career in teaching.  Click here for more information.

The Residency Year

After an intensive two-month summer institute, Residents spend the entire academic year in a BPS classroom, co-teaching with a Collaborating Teacher. They work under the close guidance of experienced faculty, called Clinical Teacher Educators, four days a week from Monday-Thursday, and devote one evening and all day Friday to rigorous graduate coursework and seminars. This combination helps Residents link classroom experience to the latest in education theory and research, all within the context of the local education environment and district-specific goals.

  • Yearlong classroom apprenticeship
  • Rigorous, aligned coursework
  • Focus on BPS/Boston context
  • Collaborative learning environment

The program’s unique blend of theory and practice, combined with an emphasis on collaborative learning and peer support, gives Residents a field-tested foundation for success in the urban classroom. By the time BTR graduates become teachers of record in a BPS classroom, they already have a year of experience in their schools, an understanding of the challenges that lie ahead and an ever-expanding support network of fellow educators. 

A Growing Alumni Network

BTR graduates commit to at least three years of teaching in Boston Public Schools.  During this commitment and beyond, they continue to develop and grow—both from an active, vibrant, peer-led learning community, and from continuing professional development. 

  • Professional development and dual licensure
  • Peer-led professional learning communities
  • Active alumni network
  • Leadership opportunities

BTR faculty provide coursework for graduates to pursue a dual license in either Special Education or English as a Second Language; a growing network of 500+ graduates across the district provides ample opportunity to network, connect, and collaborate.  With eleven cohorts of graduates now teaching in Boston Public Schools, BTR is now seeing many graduates grow into leadership positions—as faculty, Collaborating Teachers, teacher leaders, coaches, and school principals.

An Affordable Route into Teaching

To help with living expenses during their yearlong preparation, BTR provides a $12,100 stipend and eligibility for health care benefits.  Residents can also apply for financial aid through UMass Boston to supplement their stipend income. For those eligible, an AmeriCorps Education Award can be used toward master’s degree costs.  In addition, by honoring the three-year teaching commitment, graduates participate in a unique tuition remission agreement.

  • Low-cost master's degree from UMass Boston
  • $12,100 stipend for living expenses
  • Access to additional financial aid
  • Health benefits
  • AmeriCorps Education Award
    for those eligible

At the end of the year, graduates earn a Massachusetts Initial Teacher License, a master’s degree in education from UMass Boston and credit toward a dual license in special education (which they complete the following year). More importantly, their continued commitment to the Boston Public Schools earns them back the full cost of tuition — for each year they teach in a BPS classroom, the program forgives one-third of their initial $10,000 loan.  Learn more about affordability.

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The BTR Impact

The specialized knowledge and support that BTR provides for new teachers is more than just the foundation for a successful career — it's a difference that benefits students, schools and communities throughout Boston.

80% of BTR graduates
hired by BPS are still teaching in BPS.

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“We’ve got to do a better job recruiting and preparing new teachers... that means creating alternate pathways to teaching
for talented young people by expanding programs like the one used in Boston, where aspiring teachers work side-by-side with effective mentors in a
year-long residency.”

-President Barack Obama
Madison, Wisconsin
November 4, 2009

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