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Thank you for your interest in the Summit Learning Teacher Residency! The Residency for this upcoming school year is now full, and we are no longer accepting applications. To learn more about the Residency and to prepare for next year's cohort, please see the information below.

Check back in the fall to apply for the 2019-2020 Teacher Residency cohort or join our mailing list by clicking the link below to stay updated about the launch of our application.


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Apply now for the 2018-19 school year!  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are full.  For the best chance of acceptance, please apply as early as possible.

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About Our Program

At Summit we know that every student has different passions, growth areas, learning needs, and goals for the future. The Summit Learning Teacher Residency prepares you to teach using a personalized approach to learning with the goal of equipping every student to live a fulfilled life of well-being.

The Summit Learning Teacher Residency is a one-year program during which you are immersed in Summit classrooms while also completing credentialing coursework leading to a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential. Although Summit does offer an option to earn a Master’s Degree as well, the deadline has passed for this optional part of the residency for the 2018-2019 school year.  The Master's program is operated in partnership with Alder Graduate School of Education and the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education at the University of Pacific.  

You’ll be engaging students in deeper learning projects, empowering them as self-directed learners, helping students develop the habits and skills that lead to success, and nurturing them to build a strong sense of community. 

Your learning experiences and coursework mirror Summit’s personalized learning approach for students; you’ll engage in a project-based curriculum that is competency-based, self-directed, and student-centered. Over the course of the year, you will gradually increase your level of responsibility in the classroom from observation to independently teaching one class section for the second semester.

The residency program was designed in collaboration with Understanding Language - Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (UL-SCALE). In the future, we plan to expand the residency program to schools across the nation to support a diverse pipeline of excellent, well-prepared personalized learning teachers.


Professional Development and Support

Each resident has a team of individuals to provide them with support, guidance and development throughout their residency year.

    • Cooperating Teacher:  Each resident is matched with a cooperating teacher who teaches the same content area as the resident, and serves as a model for high quality personalized instruction.  Four days per week residents work alongside their cooperating teacher by co-teaching, co-planning, and co-assessing.  In the spring semester residents will also complete your independent student teaching under the guidance of your cooperating teacher.
    • Mentor:  Each resident is supported by a mentor from the Summit Learning Teacher Residency Faculty who offers guidance and coaching through regular check-ins, observations and feedback.  Mentors help to foster the important connection between a resident’s coursework and practice in the classroom.  They also assess coursework including projects and playlists and support residents in completing necessary requirements for the credentialing process.
    • Resident Learning Experiences:  All residents will come together in the summer, prior to the start of the school year, to learn foundational elements of personalized learning, build community as a cohort, and prepare for the year ahead.  In addition, every Friday all residents and mentors join together for professional development, to engage in coursework and projects and to offer peer-to-peer support.  These experiences are facilitated by Summit Learning Teacher Resident mentors.


Residents are placed in schools according to their preference and the availability of cooperating teachers in their content area.  Summit Public Schools are located in the San Francisco Bay Area in the following cities:

    • Daly City
    • El Cerrito
    • Redwood City
    • Richmond
    • San Jose
    • Sunnyvale

Program Benefits

As a Summit Learning teacher resident, you’ll participate in a credentialing program that is embedded in a school site, creating a deep integration and alignment between your experience in the credentialing program and your experience in the classroom as a practicing teacher candidate.

During the program, residents:

    • Develop the skills, habits, and tools needed to personalize learning for every student and to build effective relationships,
    • Receive a student teaching placement that is deeply integrated in a Summit school site in California for four full days each week for the length of the academic year,
    • Engage in consistent, individualized coaching and support from an experienced Summit teacher and a program faculty member,
    • Are empowered as self-directed adult learners with a personalized trajectory and timeline through the program, and
    • Are active and important members of a professional learning community, working with the teachers, administrators, mentors, students and families to implement, reflect upon and continuously improve upon personalized learning goals of the school community.


Financial Overview

Residents accepted for the 2018-19 program will receive a $20,000 stipend.

Tuition for the Single-Subject Credential option is $10,000. Tuition for the residency option that includes coursework to earn both a Preliminary California Single Subject Credential and a Masters of Arts in Teaching is $18,000. The deadline to enroll in the Master’ Program for the 2018-2019 has now passed, however, we are still seeking residents who wish to pursue their Credential.

The Summit Learning Teacher Residency provides an affordable and supportive path to a rewarding and successful teaching career. As a Summit Learning teacher resident, you will receive:

    • A Preliminary Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree (optional)
    • A $20,000 living stipend disbursed during your residency year
    • Access to financial aid and scholarships to assist in covering the $18,000 tuition for the Master’s Program. 
    • Room and board for in-person summer courses held for Master’s Program

Additional Options for Master's Degree Financing

Loan Deferral/Forgiveness Options:

    • Loans acquired during undergraduate education can be deferred while you are pursuing a Master’s Degree.
    • As a teacher, you can access potential loan forgiveness options


Scholarship Options:


In the News

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