GO Fellows who are interested in a teaching career apply to the Teacher Residency program throughout the fall and winter of their year of service.
Teacher Residency Program
Your Pathway to Classroom Teaching
How It Works
In February, they attend the Gateway Program, which supports them through the graduate school application and enrollment process and offers professional development sessions.
Selected Residents enroll in one of our partner graduate programs at NYU Steinhardt or Relay Graduate School of Education. Classes begin the following summer.
As the Residency begins, the Fellow is in their second year of service with AmeriCorps. They continue to receive all the benefits of a GO Fellow, like housing, a living stipend, and the opportunity to earn a Segal Education Award.
When the school year starts, Residents complete coursework while teaching in the classroom at a Great Oaks partner school alongside a Mentor Teacher, who provides valuable perspective on working in a school and navigating professional relationships.
The Mentor Teacher gradually releases responsibilities to the Resident until they are ready to lead the classroom independently.
By the end of the school year, the Resident teaches full class periods multiple times per week and is ready to apply for their teaching license and certification.
As they approach completion of the program, Residents are able to leverage their relationships with the Great Oaks network to increase their likelihood of full-time employment as a teacher in the following year.
“The scariest part of entering the education system…is the idea that you are going to fail the students. [The Residency] gave me the chance to feel confident in myself when I took over the classroom, as I had small bites of practice and I had seen it done well.”
“The GO Teacher Residency program has impacted me because I feel like I am becoming the teacher that I wish I had in my classrooms when I was in school. I now understand from my training what it means to build a classroom culture where students’ identities, families, talents, and wealth of knowledge is celebrated and appreciated.”
Our Graduate School Partners
Masters & Teaching Certification
1 Year to Teaching Certification,
2 Years to Master’s
* Some school sites provide tuition assistance.
** Scholarships available; most Residents pay ~$6,000 out of pocket for the program.
Thank you for your interest in GO Foundation! If you have questions about our AmeriCorps Fellowship program, GO partners and charter schools, or the GO Foundation itself, please use the form below to get in touch.