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Considering a purpose-driven career teaching in California K-12 schools? The San Diego Teacher Residency prepares aspiring teachers to educate for justice and deeper learning. We believe that all children deserve a space where they can bring their full selves and develop as curious, critical, and creative human beings. Public school classrooms have enormous potential to become such spaces — and SDTR is part of the movement to make that transformation happen, one new teacher at a time.
Year 1: High Tech High Mentorship, Individualized Coaching, California Preliminary Teaching Credential
SDTR residents take courses with their cohort, and spend four days a week as student teachers at one of High Tech High’s 16 K-12 schools. This mentorship allows them to work closely with a veteran HTH teacher while gaining experience in the classroom. Residents also meet one day and one evening a week at High Tech High GSE for course work, peer collaboration and intensive support from our expert teaching faculty. SDTR provides individualized coaching from a personalized supervisor to support career growth as new teachers. Residents earn their California PreliminaryTeaching Credential at the end of Year 1, and are supported in applying for teaching positions at our growing network of partner schools around the region.
Year 2: Employment, Capstone, M.Ed in Teaching In Learning
The second year of SDTR serves as a critical support to candidates as they move into their teaching career and seek to connect and sustain the learning provided during the residency year. While working as fully-employed teachers, residents return to the GSE one evening per week to complete their M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning. In their masters’ capstone classes, they build on both the learning and the relationships that they formed during their first year and explore problem-solving of practice that emerge in their classrooms. They also will receive continued support from a personalized mentor. Throughout, SDTR residents will learn to teach in ways which are student-centered and inclusive, centered in authentic projects, and are grounded in anti-racist/anti-bias pedagogy.
Applications for the 2021/2022 cohort are now closed. We invite you to join our mailing list for more information about the SDTR program and our next admission cycle!
Living Stipends:As a full-time student, all first-year residents receive a living stipend of $8,000.
Federal Student Aid:SDTR students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. Aid consists primarily of William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans (Unsubsidized), Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, and Federal Work Study. Degree-seeking graduate students are eligible for federal financial aid if they:
First-year students are apprenticed to a veteran teacher through an embedded, year-long residency with ample daily opportunities to practice and reflect on teaching.
Purposeful projects allow the real work of students’ teaching practice to become the text for their graduate studies.
All first and second-year students are assigned a supervisor who is an experienced teacher and/or a faculty member at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Monthly coaching sessions support rich, transformative, personalized learning.
The HTH GSE prepares graduates to dismantle systems that perpetuate oppression in schools by engaging in transformational teaching to reimagine what schools and classrooms can be.
SDTR residents complete a 30-unit degree program that includes course-taking, clinical fieldwork, and the submission of a capstone Master’s Project featuring three cycles of lesson study. This is a cohort-based program by design. A sampling of coursework is as follows: Equity I: Self Schools, and Society; Foundations of Classroom Culture; Foundations of Student-Centered Teaching; Foundations of English Language Development; Inclusive Classrooms; Instruction and Assessment in the Disciplines; Foundations of Reading Instruction; Equity II: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy; Equity III: Critical Pedagogy; Design for Deeper Learning; and Inquiry into Practice.
SDTR is a participant in EdPrepLab, co-sponsored by Bank Street College and the Learning Policy Institute.
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High Tech High
Graduate School of Education
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San Diego CA 92106
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