The Urban Teacher Residency (UTR) is designed for recent college graduates and mid-career professionals with a background in math or the sciences. Recent graduates of our Transition To Teaching, Math & Science Teacher Initiative, and Noyce Scholars Program are also eligible to participate.
If you are a recent college grad (within the last three years) with a math or science background, a mid-career professional with substantial experience related to math or science, or a paraprofessional with classroom experience of two or more years, you may be eligible to participate. Candidates who have completed credential coursework or have teaching experience are not eligible. To find out if you are eligible, call us at (310) 243-2337.
- Bachelors Degree in math or science or a related field
- Minimum 2.75 overall GPA
- Pass CBEST exam
- Meet Subject Matter Requirement (either through CSET or SMPP)
- Meet U.S. Constitution requirement
- Pass Interview with UTR Committee
- Above all, a passion for teaching!
UTR is a unique accelerated credential program that allows candidates to earn a Single Subject Credential qualifying them to teach middle or high school math or science, while also completing a master's degree in curriculum and instruction in 18 months.
UTR candidates complete an intensive year-long teaching residency in partnering LAUSD schools under the close guidance of experienced mentor teachers. Inside real classrooms, interacting with real students, UTR residents build the tools and skills to become effective math or science teachers in today's urban classroom.
Yes. Students completing the UTR earn a $20,000 stipend to help offset the cost of living and can qualify for a $4,000 grant, allowing them to remain focused on their studies and fulltime residency.