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Serving School Districts


A Partnership for Success

The residency model is a district-serving teacher preparation program that pairs a rigorous full-year classroom apprenticeship with master's-level education content. This model provides residents with the theory of effective teaching and 1,200 hours of student teaching alongside an effective and trained mentor teacher.

Residents are employed by the district partners and receive stipends and health benefits as they learn to teach, and then commit to teaching in their districts for 3 or more years. Upon finishing the program, they earn a teaching license and master's degree.

Why Residencies?

  • Recruit, prepare and retain effective teachers who share similar life experiences as their students.
  • Diversify the teacher workforce by breaking down barriers and interrupting systems to the teaching profession
  • Prepare highly effective teachers and increase teacher retention.
  • Increase academic achievement and educational opportunities for all students
  • Inform and improve teacher preparation practices and partnerships and be part of a model for school-university partnerships that enhances the ability of schools and universities to continually improve their cultural relevance while addressing racial disparities


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Saint Paul Public Schools Urban Residency (SUTR)

SUTR aims to recruit, prepare, and retain highly qualified teachers who share similar life experiences as the diverse student population in Saint Paul Public Schools. SUTR provides non-licensed education professionals an affordable, accelerated program to earn their Minnesota teaching license and master's degree in 15 months from the University of St. Thomas.

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Minneapolis St. Thomas Residency (MSTR)

The Minneapolis St. Thomas Residency is a pathway to licensure that will prepare highly effective and diverse special education and elementary teachers who will create increased opportunities for students in Minneapolis Public Schools.

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Charter School Residency Program

Our Charter School Residency Program is a non-conventional teacher preparation pathway designed to meet the high-needs teaching areas in Minnesota charter schools. In collaboration with a consortium of charter school partners, this program strives to prepare and retain high-quality licensed educators, including teachers from underrepresented communities to increase student achievement. Our current charter residency is partially funded through a federal Teacher Quality Partnership grant.

To learn more about the Charter Residency Program, Contact Laura Medwetz at lmmedwetz@stthomas.edu.

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Focus on Residencies

Key Partnerships Help Diversify Teaching Workforce

"St. Thomas' School of Education is constantly working to help increase the number of teachers of color in the classroom through various partnerships, including two with state-funded teaching preparation programs - Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color, and Grow Your Own." -Dean Kathlene H. Campbell



We are regularly adding new partners! We have received the following grants to support growing residencies: National Center for Teacher Residencies Black Educators Initiative grant, U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Preparation grant, and the State of Minnesota Mentor grant.

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Saint Paul Public Schools Urban Residency (SUTR)

Licenses Offered: Elementary Education, Academic and Behavioral Strategist, Math Grades 5-12, and Middle School Science (dependent upon qualified applicants)

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Minneapolis Special Education Teacher Residency (MSTR)

License Offered: Academic and Behavioral Strategist

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National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR)

NCTR is the only organization in the nation dedicated to developing, launching, supporting and accelerating the impact of teacher residency programs.