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Join the Kansas City Teacher Residency


Kansas City is raising the bar for teachers and we think you have all the makings of an impactful educator.

With roots in this town and the success achieved thus far, Scholars are among the most qualified candidates for the Kansas City Teacher Residency.

Think on your time in elementary and middle school, reflect on what you needed most in an educator, and now consider how you can live out that vision. That’s what we are working to build through the Kansas City Teacher Residency. A Kauffman Scholar Alumni who comes home to teach the next generation will be a highly sought after educator by our partner schools. Apply to be a Resident today and make a difference in the lives of Kansas City students.

Become a Resident

The Kansas City Teacher Residency is a one-year program for college graduates and professionals who want to become exceptional teachers and transform the minds of our urban youth. Through the program, residents will be paired with mentor teachers, be immersed in rigorous coursework that leads to a master’s degree and earn teacher certification. After the residency year, program graduates will be ready to effectively lead their own classrooms in high-need public schools.

Resident Support & Incentives Include:

  • Help Kansas City students achieve strong academic gains
  • Become an educator for social justice
  • Address the urban teacher shortage crisis in Kansas City
  • Co-teach with a master teacher of record for one academic year
  • Access to continuous and extensive coaching, support, and training
  • Access to a network of resident alumni
  • Forgivable loan during the residency year (can be used for living expenses)
  • Initial state of Missouri teaching certification
  • Master of Education from Park University

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • Minimum of a 2.5 overall grade point average
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Make a three-year commitment to teach in an urban public school in Kansas City

Teaching Areas:

  • Elementary (early childhood-sixth grade)
  • Secondary (English language arts, math and science)

Apply Now!


To learn more about the Residency for Kauffman Scholars Alumni, contact Andrew Stuart, Director of Recruitment at (417) 592-4095.