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The Program

Creating Equitable Education for Kansas City

KCTR Develops Quality Educators for the Classroom

Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 to recruit, prepare, develop, place, and retain mission-oriented individuals who want to make a deep commitment to working in high need urban schools in the Kansas City area. KCTR accomplishes this goal through a rich curriculum and the support of a coach and mentor. Residents are college graduates invited to train with a mentor, receive coaching, and participate in a Master of Urban Education coursework through Park University. In addition, residents receive a living stipend and additional benefits of being an AmeriCorps member through participation in our program. During the residency year, participants earn credit toward their master’s degree and teach for a full academic year in a mentor’s classroom. At the end of the residency year, residents become certified teachers in the State of Missouri. Graduating the program, residents agree to teach in Kansas City high-needs schools for three additional years.

Residency Program Continuum

Candidate

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 2.75 Undergraduate GPA
  • Committed for four-year program in Kansas City
  • Aligned to KCTR Vision and Mission
  • Complete online application
  • Submit transcripts, resume, and letters of recommendation
  • Phone interview
  • Attend Selection Day

Resident

(Year 1)

  • Begin a Master’s of Urban Education degree from Park University in a cohort model
  • Attend Summer Institute
  • Receive $25,000 living stipend
  • Weekly coaching observations and feedback from a KCTR Coach
  • State of Missouri Educator License granted
  • Job placement support in a KCTR partner school

Graduate

(Years 2-4)

  • Three-year teaching commitment
  • Complete a Master’s of Urban Education degree from Park University in year two
  • Continued KCTR Coaching and feedback
  • On-going professional development
  • Access to classroom resources
  • Participation in KCTR community events

Alum

 

  • Continued access to KCTR’s growing network of Residents, Graduates, alumni, and partner schools
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Opportunities to mentor KCTR Residents
  • On-going professional development
  • Access to classroom resources
  • Participation in KCTR community events

Program Benefits

Community

Foster personal and professional relationships with other KCTR educators

Licensing

State of Missouri Educator License

Coaching

Coaching support throughout 4-year program

MUEd

Master's of Urban Education from Park University

Living Stipend

$25,000 living stipend for the Residency Year

Job Placement Support

Job placement support in a KCTR partner school following the Residency Year

Mentor Teacher Partnership

Pairing with a mentor teacher during the Residency Year

Professional Development

Professional learning opportunities throughout 4-year program

AmeriCorps

Membership to the AmeriCorps national network

Learn More About KCTR

If you’re passionate about setting a higher standard for urban education, whether through applying, partnering or donating, please contact KCTR today at (816) 298-5660.