Program Overview

Kean University, in partnership with William Paterson and Rowan Universities, is pleased to announce the Garden State Urban Teacher Residency Program. The Urban Teacher Residency is a highly competitive grant program that will select 5 prospective teacher candidates per year to participate in an 18 month dual certification program which will culminate in teacher certification and a Master’s degree in the areas of: Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Residents will serve as co-teachers in a Jersey City public school for one full year (September through June) and continue with their graduate studies while earning a $30,000 stipend*.

*Candidates must be willing to sign an "Agreement to Serve" indicating their commitment to teach in a high-need school for at least 3 years following the completion of the residency in order to receive the $30,000 stipend. Please note that candidates are responsible for all tuition and fees associated with the Master’s degree program.

18 month Dual Certification Program Components:  

  • Master’s Degree Coursework In addition to  Elementary Education or K-12 Content Area Certification

  • 8 Learning Modules: 290 hours, Field Time: 30 hours
    Modules are researched based, in a hybrid, online and distance learning format. These professional hours satisfy the requirements for Initial Teacher Certification by the DOE licensure code.
  • 1 year Full-time Residency: (Begins Fall) 4 days per week in an Urban Professional Development School
    Will include built-in supports and mentoring.

The next cohort will begin coursework in January 2013 and Residency in a Jersey City Public Middle or High School in September 2013.