“We have focused on teaching as a skill and
forgotten what Socrates knew: teaching is a gift, learning is a skill.”

– Peter Drucker


Program Overview:

Residents participate in a 14 month teacher training program that includes: 

  • Summer 2018 Coursework facilitated by the UW College of Education and STR staff;
  • 2018-19 academic year: Internship with an experienced mentor teacher in a high-need Seattle public school; and
  • Summer 2019 Coursework; and
  • A monthly stipend during the training year subject to eligibility and performance requirements
  • Pursuit of either ELL or SPED endorsement during the program

Our financial commitment to residents:

  • Expected stipend during residency year of $16,500
  • Initial certification and Master in Teaching from University of Washington
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities (i.e. Federal Loan Forgiveness, TEACH Grant)

Cohort One graduates

Teaching in Seattle Public Schools:

STR is designed to provide high-caliber preparation for successful teaching in high-need classrooms at Seattle Public schools (SPS) and program graduates are eligible to apply for available positions in the district; however, hiring decisions are within the discretion of SPS and employment is not guaranteed.  Residents must successfully complete the STR program to be considered for employment at SPS.

Support beyond the Residency Year:

STR provides induction support during the post-residency year to program graduates who SPS hires.  A strong alumni network and STR graduates within one district also provides support to recent STR grads in Seattle’s highest need schools.

The Seattle Teacher Residency Program is committed to preparing teachers to be outstanding educators in the Seattle Public Schools. We want to create a team of exceptional teachers who will help us close the achievement gap in underserved schools.