Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program


Program Description

Montclair State University, in partnership with the Newark Public Schools, is offering an innovative teacher preparation program known as the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR).  The NMUTR is an innovative apprenticeship-based program for individuals with a deep commitment to teaching and a strong interest in urban education.  Working from the model of medical residencies, the NMUTR provides on-site education, intensive classroom experiences with a master teacher, and three years of mentoring and professional development in the schools where residents are hired to teach.  Residents who successfully complete the program will simultaneously earn their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and New Jersey teacher certification. Graduates of the NMUTR are required to make a three year commitment to teach in the Newark Public Schools.

Based on research about successful teacher preparation programs, the NMUTR:

  • Embeds residents from day one in the schools and classrooms of the Newark Public Schools, focusing their master’s degree coursework on classroom experiences;
  • Provides on-site coursework needed for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and state teacher certification;
  • Matches the resident with a school-based master mentor teacher;
  • Provides graduates from the NMUTR with intensive induction support, mentoring, and professional development through the first three years of teaching;
  • Provides additional professional development support to mentor teachers and school leaders to reinforce the school’s focus on learning and continuous improvement at all levels;
  • Provides cohort support to residents who are passionate about teaching in the Newark Public Schools.

Participants in the NMUTR also benefit from the following:

  • A living stipend will be provided during the residency ($26,000 to $30,000)
  • A tuition waiver will be provided (approximately two-thirds of the tuition cost)
  • Hiring preference by the Newark Public Schools

The NMUTR Partnership

Montclair State University (MSU) and the Newark Public Schools (NPS) have worked in collaboration for more than three decades. The partners have designed the NMUTR to provide all of the essential components of an effective teacher preparation program:  sharing facilities, co-leading teaching experiences and coursework, as well as identifying and strengthening models of excellence.  Representatives from NPS and MSU faculty co-designed the curriculum to ensure all candidates receive rigorous preparation that will prepare effective teacher leaders for urban schools.  The NMUTR is not just about supplying districts with new teachers – it recruits and prepares outstanding teachers with a passion for urban education, deep commitment and dedication to the Newark community, and a relentless focus on high levels of student engagement and achievement.

NMUTR Program Coursework

Residents in the NMUTR take their classes in cohorts of no more than 15 students.  The classes are designed to expose the teacher-learner to multiple opportunities to interact with Newark’s community members, students and their families.  At the same time, the NMUTR addresses the emergent needs of each resident as s/he encounters new experiences.  The residents are engaged in internships and coursework on a full time schedule for the entirety of their residency. MSU faculty and NPS educators collaborate to teach each course; most, if not all, of the classes and coursework are rendered in Newark. 

NMUTR Residency Strands

Early Childhood/Special Education Strands

  • This strand is a 15 month residency 
  • The NMUTR may accept up to 15 residents per cohort
  • Four cohorts:
    • Cohort One – began April 20, 2015 to June 30, 2016
    • Cohort Two – April 2016 to June 30, 2017
    • Cohort Three – April 2017 to June 30, 2018
    • Cohort Four – April 2018 to June 30, 2019
  • Emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education
  • Completers receive dual teacher certification in P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Mathematics and Science Strand 

  • This strand is a 12 month residency
  • The NMUTR may accept up to 10 residents per cohort
  • Two cohorts:
    • Cohort One – June 2017 to June 30, 2018
    • Cohort Two – June 2018 to June 30, 2019
  • Completers receive teacher certification in mathematics or science 

Montclair State University and the Woodrow Wilson NJ Teaching Fellowship currently offers a Science and Mathematics urban teacher residency program. Go to this link for additional information:

Applying to the NMUTR

We are currently accepting applications for Cohort Three – Early Childhood/Special Education which will commence in April 2017 and end in June 2018.  Applications are due to the Graduate School by February 6, 2017.  All components required for the admissions process must be received by the Graduate School by this date.

We are now also accepting applications for Cohort One - Secondary Mathematics and Science which will commence in June 2017 and end in June 2018. Applications are due to the Graduate School by March 15, 2017.  All components required for the admissions process must be received by the Graduate School by this date.

Please email NMUTR Program Advisor Michelle Shanahan at shanahanm@mail.montclair.edufor additional information, to confirm your eligibility, and to receive application instructions prior to applying.

Eligibility – Early Childhood/Special Education

The NMUTR is open to college graduates who possess:

  • Passion and drive to become a transformative urban educator 
  • Liberal arts or science degree with a minimum of 60 liberal arts credits
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Passing score on Praxis I
  • Passing scores on all required Praxis II exams
  • United States Citizenship
  • Genuine interest and strong commitment to teaching for a minimum of three years in the Newark Public Schools

All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.

Additional Information 

You may e-mail or call the following individuals at any time with any questions regarding the program or to schedule an appointment to meet regarding the NMUTR:

View Program Brochure: Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency