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 many recommendations do I need?

You will need to provide the names of three recommenders prior to submitting your application. Recommendations are not required at the time you submit your application, but prior to the beginning of your cohort’s summer institute. For the 2016 cohort, all recommendations are due on May 1, 2016.

How long is the program?

The residency program is a yearlong apprenticeship with a master teacher at one of our partner school sites. Upon successful completion of the residency year, residents will receive their State of Missouri teaching certification and will have completed the first of two years of the Master’s of Urban Education program. After year two, the resident will earn his or her Master’s degree.

Who is the Master’s of Education through?

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 much is the forgivable loan?

The forgivable loan is $25,000 during the residency year.

How is the forgivable loan paid?

The forgivable loan is paid bi-monthly 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 full-time students. Therefore, residents will be eligible for financial aid as well as loan deferment for existing loans.

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 four-week summer institute. For the 2017 cohort, this is June 2017.

Where do I apply?

The application for the 2017-2018 cohort will open on January 6, 2017, and will be available at kcteach.org/apply.

When is the deadline to apply?

The application for the 2017-2018 cohort opens January 6, 2017, and closes March 3, 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.