The Teacher Residency Model in SF

The Teacher Residency Model in SF

Adapted from the ‘medical residency’ model where residents serve under an assisting physician and gain the training required to practice medicine, SFTR residents work under the supervision of a cooperating teacher while training to become teachers of record for the San Francisco Unified School District.

1 Year of Residency + 3 Years Paid Teaching

Year 1

Years 2 & 3

Year 4

Residency  New Teacher Support Ongoing Professional Development
~25 hours/week in an SFUSD classroom all year long

Weekly individual and small group coaching

Curriculum focused on teaching for social justice

Complete university coursework and receive a Preliminary Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree


Earn up to $64.5K/year, depending on SFUSD teaching contract

Receive individualized coaching (approx. 50 hours/yr)

Participate in Instructional Rounds to visit other SFUSD teachers and SFTR graduates


Can earn close to $65.5K/

year, depending on SFUSD teaching contract

Stay connected to the SFTR community through SFTR professional development opportunities

Eligible for mentoring a new resident (comes with a $2,500 stipend)


  • Residents are placed in an SFTR Teaching Academy in San Francisco under the guidance of a Cooperating Teacher.
  • Over the course of the year residents gradually assume greater responsibility for the planning, instruction, and assessment in their classrooms.
  • Residents participate in a teacher education program either at Stanford University (primarily for math and science candidates) or the University of San Francisco for math, science, Spanish bilingual or elementary
  • Attend a student teaching “practicum” seminar every week with both USF and Stanford residents that addresses topics specific to San Francisco teachers and students.
  • Weekly individual and group meetings with SFTR coaches and university supervisors
  • Instructional Rounds to expand understanding of a wide range of pedagogical approaches through guided observations in different classrooms.
  • At the end of the residency year, program graduates earn a California Preliminary Teaching Credential and a Master’s degree (Stanford) or coursework leading to a Master’s degree in education (USF).

Year 2 & 3: New Teacher Support

  • Individual coaching and new teacher support to complete state requirements for teaching credential.
  • Continued support and development of lasting teacher networks and professional growth from the cohort.