Teacher Residency Program


Our yearlong Teacher Residency Program is an accelerated course of study that centers on a yearlong student teaching placement at a single school site and enables residents to:

  • Develop yearlong relationships with their students
  • Work with the same mentor teacher for the year
  • Experience the entire curriculum in the placement classroom
  • Finish our credential program in 13 months
  • Earn up to a full scholarship for tuition, fees, and book expenses plus a $5,000 stipend

In order to participate in the Teacher Residency Program, successful applicants need to complete their student teaching during consecutive fall and spring semesters. Pathways that facilitate eligibility include full time beginning in spring (3-semester option) or summer (one-year option) and part time beginning in the fall (two-year option). During the fall and spring semesters of their residency (student teaching) year, students take a full-time load of courses while completing their residency placements with their mentor teachers(s) and students.

Teacher residents are selected through an additional application process that includes an interview with potential host district(s). Before applying, interested students should attend an information session--see details below.

Teacher Residency Program Info Session

Meet Some of Our Residents and Mentors

Ethnic Studies Residency Program

Ethnic Studies helps students connect with their power by highlighting the strengths in their personal, community, and cultural backgrounds. Our SJSU Ethnic Studies Residency Program (ESRP) pairs teacher candidates with dynamic mentor teachers at Overfelt High School with a commitment to being transformative educators. Through ongoing, practicebased professional development, the ESRP supports residents and their mentors in cultivating the mindsets, knowledge, and skills to turn their classrooms into spaces of
solidarity and liberation.

The ESRP is open to SJSU History/Social Science Single Subject Credential
candidates who will begin student teaching in the Fall semester. Residents complete a year-long placement at Overfelt High School teaching Ethnic Studies and US or World History. Residents also participate in regular professional development alongside their mentors to enhance Ethnic Studies curriculum and instruction.

For more information, email Prof. Luis Poza at luis.poza@sjsu.edu.

Download our Ethnic Studies Residency Program flyer [pdf]

Steps to Apply

  • If you are interested in becoming a Multiple Subject Credential, Bilingual Authorization (Spanish), Ethnic Studies, or STEM (Math or Science) Teacher Resident, contact Professor David Whitenack at david.whitenack@sjsu.edu.