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Monroe Regional Teacher Residency Consortium

A paid teacher residency program designed to prepare skilled, diverse teachers for a career in a Rochester-area school district. There are 60 openings per year for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 academic years.

All of this plus an additional guaranteed 65% off tuition scholarship for every student seeking a Master's in Teaching with Initial Certification.

How to apply

Apply to any of our Master's in Teaching with Initial Certification programs. In the application you will be asked to indicate your interest in a teacher residency program.

Join a highly competitive cohort of teacher candidates!

Program overview

Residency year schedule 

The 15-month residency program includes a full academic year in a partnering Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES or Monroe One BOCES school district, co-teaching four days per week with a mentor and serving one day per week as a building substitute. Residents enter as a cohort and begin a full schedule of courses the first summer of enrollment, continuing throughout the school year, and concluding at the end of the following summer.

Post-graduation commitment

Residents who are successful completers of the program will have strong consideration for employment in partnering Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES and Monroe One BOCES school districts upon program completion. 

Financial support

All residents receive at least $15,000 of tuition assistance, alongside a minimum of $20,000 in pay from the school district where they are placed. Additional resources, including a guaranteed 65% tuition scholarship, and other sources of financial aid are available for students seeking a Master's in Teaching with Initial Certification.

Teacher certification

A Residency Certificate is issued upon application to students enrolled in this New York State registered residency program, and this certificate remains with them for the duration of the program. Upon completion of the teacher residency program, the Residency Certificate expires, and graduates receive their New York State Initial Teaching Certification as specialists in either Secondary Education (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, or World Languages); TESOL or Teaching Students with Disabilities (Grades K-12); or Early Childhood/Elementary Education with dual certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities. 

Innovative curriculum 

Our culturally responsive curriculum prepares reflective teachers through master’s coursework and professional learning experiences focused on successful teacher development, co-teaching, and onsite mentorships.


Residents learn by co-teaching alongside highly trained mentors for an entire school year. Mentors provide models of good practice, contextual guidance, and opportunities to enact innovative pedagogies and reflect on learning. 

Frequently asked questions

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Master's in Teaching with Initial Certification

The Master's in Teaching degree will prepare you to stand out as an innovative teacher.

You'll find curricula informed by research and best practices and supportive and passionate faculty of researchers and accomplished practitioners. You'll learn to be a culturally responsive teacher who builds community with students and families to foster engagement and well-being. You'll become an educator of all students.

All Master's in Teaching students are eligible for a 65% off tuition scholarship.

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Pathway into the teaching profession

By reducing financial barriers to entry and facilitating employment after program completion, the Monroe Regional Teacher Residency Consortium’s partnerships with Rochester-area schools promote persistence and longevity in the teaching profession over time. 

Our program aims to prepare educators to alleviate the teacher shortages. Residents who are successful completers of the program will have strong consideration for employment in partnering Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES and Monroe One BOCES school districts upon program completion, which will immediately support students’ learning opportunities.

Program Director

Kevin Meuwissen

Associate Professor (Clinical) & Chair


For more information about admissions requirements, academic programs, financial aid, or any other non-Monroe Regional Teacher Residency Consortium questions, please contact admissions at or (585) 275-3950 or use our inquiry form.

For more information about the Monroe Regional Teacher Residency Consortium, please contact Kevin Meuwissen

This program is funded by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDL) Teacher Residency Program and operates as a partnership with Nazareth University School of Education, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, Monroe ONE BOCES, and select districts.