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Program Fast Facts

    • Collaborate and learn as part of a diverse cohort of future teachers
    • In one year, earn your Single-Subject Credential and optionally coursework towards your Master’s of Arts in Teaching
    • Be immersed in a classroom alongside a cooperating teacher 4 days per week, and spend your 5th day focused on your own learning and coursework
    • Learn to teach in a program designed specifically for a personalized approach to teaching and learning
    • Engage in critical conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Have the support of a team of educators and peers dedicated to your success
    • Be placed in a Summit Public School or Summit Learning Partner School


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 teacher preparation program during which you are student teaching in a Summit classroom while also completing credentialing coursework leading to a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential and optionally a Master’s of Arts in Teaching.  

As a Resident, you will work with your cooperating teacher to engage students in deeper learning projects, empower them as self-directed learners, helping students develop the habits and skills that lead to success, and nurture 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.

Throughout the year, you will engage in critical conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. By the end of the program, you will be prepared to teach a Summit Learning classroom where you will change students’ lives and make the world more just.


Subjects and Locations

During the program, residents, with support, pursue a California Preliminary Teacher Credential. The credentialing pathways include the follow subject areas:

    • English
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Spanish


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

Additional locations may be available at our Summit Learning partner schools.

Residents are able to share their preferences for both the credential they would like to pursue and the locations where they would like to be placed during the application process.



We are looking for residents who:

    • Believe that all students can be successful
    • Are dedicated to social justice
    • Are interested in teaching as a profession
    • Want to build meaningful relationships with students
    • Believe that every student deserves a personalized pathway towards the life they want to lead
    • Have a growth mindset


To be eligible for the teacher residency, you must:

      • Possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
      • Be eligible to work in the United States

In the News

Is higher education teaching teachers to blend?
July 31, 2018 - The Clayton Christensen Institute

Preparing teachers to personalize their classrooms
July 24. 2018 - EdSource

There’s a teaching method tech billionaires love - here’s how teachers are learning it
September 1, 2017 - Business Insider

Charter school prepares teachers to personalize learning for every student
October 26, 2017 - EdSource

Summit charter schools launch nation’s first teacher residency program for personalized learning
August 7, 2017 - LA School Report

Nation’s first personalized education residency launches in the Bay Area
August 4, 2017 - San Jose Mercury News

Teaching With Tech Is Hard.  Two New Efforts Aim To Help.
August 2, 2017 - Education Week

Will a one-year residency better prepare aspiring educators for a new style of teaching?
August 2, 2017 - The Hechinger Report

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