What is a Teacher Residency?

    Teacher residency programs are district-serving teacher education programs and provide residence with both the underlying theory of effective teaching and a year-long, in-school "residency" in which they practice and hone their skills and knowledge alongside an effective teacher-mentor and a high-need classroom.

    (National Center for Teacher Residencies, 2019)

  • In an exciting new endeavor, Spring ISD has expanded its partnership with the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) to further support the development of future educators through the Panther Teacher Education Residency Model (pantherTERM).

    As an extension to the Alternative Teaching Certification Program (ATCP) at PVAMU, pantherTERM is a professional development initiative for post-baccalaureate students to spend a year-long clinical residency developing the classroom expertise to become effective, long-term educators in high-need school districts in Texas. Residents will spend the full academic year with a mentor teacher, be matched with a community mentor, participate in professional development, receive a living wage stipend, and commit three years back to our district.

  • Certification Areas

    • Art (Grades EC-12)
    • English Language Arts and Reading with STR (Grades 4-8)
    • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies with STR (Grades 4-8)
    • English Language Arts and Reading with STR (Grades 7-12)
    • Health (Grades EC-12)
    • Mathematics (Grades 4-8)
    • Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
    • Mathematics/Science (Grades 4-8)
    • Music (Grades EC-12)
    • Physical Education (Grades EC-12)
    • Science (Grades 7-12)
    • Social Studies (Grades 4-8)
    • Special Education (Grades EC-12)
    • Speech (Grades 7-12)
    • Technology Education (Grades 6-12)
  • Teacher residency programs are, by definition, district-serving teacher education programs that pair a rigorous full-year classroom apprenticeship with master’s level education content. “Residency programs are partnerships among school districts, universities, and other stakeholders to prepare and retain effective teachers” (NCTR, 2018, p. 3). Teacher residencies are opportunities for preservice teachers to be authentically active in the classroom for an extended period and to “experiment with specific and concrete strategies under realistic conditions” (Pankowski & Walker, 2016, p. 4).

    The first cohort of 10 pantherTERM residents in Spring ISD began August 2022. We hope to build a strong, sustainable pipeline for individuals to obtain a teaching certification and choose Spring ISD as their home. There is an exciting opportunity to recruit from our own employees and grow our own day-1 ready teachers.

  • Master's Degree Programs

    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Special Education
    • Reading Education
    • Physical Education
  • Program Timeline

    Program Timeline

  • For more information contact:

    Natasha Tillman

    pantherTERM Site Supervisor

    To request updates about the next cohort, please fill out this form.