Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this program tailored for?

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.

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How do I know if I'm eligible for UTR?

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.

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What are the program criteria?

  1. Bachelors Degree in math or science or a related field
  2. Minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  3. Pass CBEST exam
  4. Meet Subject Matter Requirement (either through CSET or SMPP)
  5. Meet U.S. Constitution requirement
  6. Pass Interview with UTR Committee
  7. Above all, a passion for teaching!

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What makes UTR unique from other credential programs?

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.

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What is the residency component of this program?

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.

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Does the UTR Program offer financial assistance?

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.

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