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What is a Residency?

Teacher in classroom working with young studentsThe teacher residency is a one-year program during which students will earn initial teaching licensure and a master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis on urban teaching. If you are selected to the Residency, you will work for a salary and benefits alongside an experienced mentor teacher in a Metropolitan Nashville Public School. Residents are part of a cohort of educators preparing together and applying their lessons in meaningful, daily work in real classrooms. Belmont professors work alongside mentor teachers to make sure that lessons have immediate and meaningful applications in classroom work.

  • Professional education in teaching modeled on medical residencies
  • Collaborative cohort of teachers learning in an urban school setting
  • One-year program to earn initial licensure, a master’s degree in teaching, and a year of teaching experience all while working in a real classroom
  • Combination of high quality, professional preparation for teaching and real-world experience with mentors and colleagues

Who should pursue the teaching residency?

  • Reflective and coachable people with a strong belief in the inherent potential of children
  • People who want to prepare well to make a difference in urban education
  • Resilient people with a growth mindset
  • People with a content area bachelor’s degree who need licensure to teach

Why consider the Metro Nashville Urban Teacher Residency?

  • Every child in Nashville deserves a first-rate educational opportunity
  • You will learn your craft from professional educators while working alongside an experienced mentor
  • You will be part of a powerful cohort of learners and practitioners
  • You will earn a license and master’s degree while working in a school
  • You will be better prepared for your first day in the classroom

The Residency is for students graduating with content-area majors whether or not you completed any education courses while undergrads. Seniors graduating this spring are encouraged to apply.