Urban Teacher Residency (MAT)
The Urban Teacher Residency is a cutting-edge apprenticeship- and cohort-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 UTR provides intensive classroom experience with a mentor teacher, and three years of induction and professional development support after graduation. Residents receive a $44,000 living stipend to help cover the cost of graduate tuition at Montclair State University while enrolled in the 18-month program. Residents who successfully complete the program will earn New Jersey P-3, K-6, or P-12 subject area teacher certification and their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Graduates of the UTR are required to make a three year commitment to teach in the Newark or Orange Public Schools.
The Urban Teacher Residency program is designed to recruit talented individuals, especially people of color and individuals from other occupations, into the teaching force; improve the quality of both new and prospective teachers; increase teacher retention rates; and ultimately improve student achievement.
There are certain key benefits that come with studying in this program:
- The accelerated nature of the program is meant for full-time students. Residents are ready to begin teaching in 12 months and complete their MAT requirements in 18 months.
- Upon completion of the program, residents receive support to find employment in the Newark or Orange school system for 3 years.
- Residents receive a stipend of $44,000 during the initial 12 months to help cover the cost of tuition and living expenses.
Visit the Teacher Education and Certification Programs page to view all of our offerings from the department.
Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.
The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information. Applicants must have at least a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA to be considered for admission.
In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.
- Application Deadline: Rolling Admission
- Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.
The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Urban Teacher Residency (MAT) program:
- Transcript: One from each college attended.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two
- Standardized Test Scores: Praxis I, ACT, SAT and GRE can all satisfy the requirement. See minimum scores and more information on the Center of Pedagogy’s website. (see test waiver policies). Please note: Praxis II is not required admission, but you are highly encouraged to submit Praxis II scores for admission due to the accelerated nature of the UTR program. If you do not submit Praxis II scores for before admission, you will be required to submit them during your time in the program.
- Essays/Personal Statement: Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions.
- Please describe any prior experiences that have prepared you to be a strong teacher for the children of Newark. What do you still need to learn in order to reach this goal?
- The Urban Teacher Residency program focuses on developing teachers who are committed to social justice and antiracism. What does this mean to you and what interests you about it?
- Resume: A current resume is required.
- Minimum undergraduate GPA: 2.75
- 30 credits in the subject field in which you intend to teach
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
For more information, please visit the University Catalog.
If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Urban Teacher Residency (MAT) Program Coordinator:
*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*