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CT Teacher Residency Program


The mission of the CT Teacher Residency Program is to provide college graduates with an alternate route to teacher certification based on a residency model that focuses on recruiting, preparing, increasing and sustaining teachers of color in schools across the state of Connecticut. Current certification pathways include elementary education (grades 1-6) and special education (grades PreK-12).

Residents participate in courses for 14 to 18 months at no cost and are eligible for a full-time teaching position in a partner district upon successfully completing the program requirements.

To date, over 100 people have completed this program since 2019 and 92% of them are teaching in a Connecticut public or charter school district.

  • Government/Nonprofit organization
  • Hartford, CT

Institution Links

  • Admissions
  • Online Application
Giovanna Hudson

Being a part of the Teacher Residency Program (TRP) means I will be able to be a part of a network that truly cares about building a community in and out of the classroom.

Giovanna Hudson



CT Teacher Residency Program

  • From 14 to 18 months

    Program Duration

  • In-person, Hybrid

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

The CT Teacher Residency Program is an alternate route to teacher certification focused on increasing teachers of color across the state of Connecticut. Current certification pathways include elementary education (grades 1-6) and special education (grades PreK-12).

Resident candidates will be enrolled in rigorous coursework for 14 to 18  months and serve in a paid residency position in a mentor teacher’s classroom for the school year. Residents will work in a partnering district and attend classes virtually and on-site in one of our regional cohort locations. Resident selection prioritizes potential to work with diverse students and minimizes barriers to traditional certification program admission.

Program details:

  • Coursework is designed by practicing educators and prioritizes skills necessary to be successful in a diverse classroom.
  • Residents work for one year in a partner district under a mentor teacher while receiving pay and benefits.
  • Residents who successfully meet program requirements are offered a full-time teaching position in the partner district as positions are available.
  • Residents are eligible to earn CT Initial Educator Certification after serving 10 months as Teacher of Record and in their own classroom and completing certification requirements. 

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Dec. 01, 2024

  • Apr. 12, 2025


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Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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    Out of State Tuition

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Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at CT Teacher Residency Program have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with CT Teacher Residency Program to see if you can, too!


Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

In addition to no cost for the program, students at CT Teacher Residency Program earn while they learn. 

Resident Salary of approximately $30,000 plus summer stipends. 


Comprehensive Special Education, Grades Pre-K-12
Elementary, Grades 1-6
For more information, visit: Admissions

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

Program Hallmarks


  • Male

  • Female



  • American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Asian

  • Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • White

  • Two or more races








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