FAQ

Kansas City Teacher Residency FAQ

The team at Kansas City Teacher Residency is dedicated to emphasizing the importance and maximizing the effectiveness of education in urban environments. By setting a higher standard of excellence for everyone involved in the journey of education in Kansas City, from teachers to principals, to students, we believe we can transform the lives of Kansas City kids for the better.

Do I have to have a degree in education to be eligible?

No! We consider applicants from a variety of backgrounds. In order to be eligible you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Do I have to be a recent graduate to be eligible?

No! We consider applicants across the spectrum, including new graduates, young professionals, career changers and those in transition.

How long is the program?

The residency program is a yearlong apprenticeship followed by a three year commitment to teach in our network of partner school districts.

Who is KCTR's graduate school partner for the Master’s of Urban Education degree?

Our university partner is Park University. Together, the Kansas City Teacher Residency and Park University have created a unique program specifically for residents. The Master’s of Urban Education through Park University is a two-year, full time master’s program. The unique curriculum, through the lens of urban education, is applicable to the residents’ experiences in high need, urban schools.

How is the forgivable loan paid?

The forgivable loan is paid on the 1st and 15th of the month via direct deposit.

Will I be eligible for federal financial aid?

Throughout the two years it takes to earn your Master’s of Urban Education through Park University, residents will be considered Park University students. Therefore, residents will be eligible for financial aid as well as loan deferment for existing loans.

Who are the donors that support KCTR?

KCTR is generously supported by private and public foundations. Visit the Partners page for a full list of donors.

Which districts are in the KCTR network?

Visit the Partners page for a full list of public and public charter school districts that partner with KCTR for residency and placement.

Do you have high school placements?

At this time, the Kansas City Teacher Residency is only making placements in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School English Language Arts, Middle School Science, and Middle School Math. We do expect to expand into high school placements in future years.

Do you have Special Education placements?

At this time, the Kansas City Teacher Residency is only making placements in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School English Language Arts, Middle School Science, and Middle School Math. We do expect to expand into special education placements in future years.

Can I tell you where I want to be placed?

Residents play a large role in determining their placement sites. Through a thoughtful approach, residents are able to visit with our school partners at their school sites and then outline their preferences. If you have a school placement site in place prior to applying, please reach out to a member of our recruitment team to communicate this preference.

When does the program start?

The program starts with a five-week summer institute the June and July preceding the Residency year.

Where do I apply?

The application for the 2018-2019 cohort will open on September 15, 2017, and will be available at kcteach.org/apply.

What are the stages of the application process?

Stage 1: Initial Application

Applicants submit contact information, unofficial transcripts and their resume.

Stage 2: Essay & Letter of Reference Submission
Applicants submit a pair of essays to help KCTR learn more about them, as well as a letter of reference attesting to their preparedness.
Stage 3: Phone Interview
KCTR conducts a 3–45 minute phone interview that allows to dive deeply into what applicants believe about education, learn about their mindsets and habits, and also allows applicants to ask questions they might have about KCTR
Stage 4:
Selection Day – Selection Day is a full-day event at which applicants have the opportunity to teach a sample lesson to real students, talk with building leaders from partner schools, work on group projects, and demonstrate that they have what it takes to be a KCTR Resident
When does the 2018-19 application open?

The application for the 2018-2019 cohort opens September 15, 2017.

Have More Questions About Urban Education & KCTR?

We invite you to call us today at (816) 298-5660. And remember, you can apply online to make a real difference in the lives of Kansas City youth.