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Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR)

A partnership between Duval County Public Schools & the University of North Florida supported by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund




"The mission of the Jacksonville Teacher Residency program is to recruit, prepare and retain a diverse population of highly effective teachers who serve in high needs schools to ensure that Duval County students are college and career ready."


Apply now for our 2019 cohort

JTR Program Highlights

  • A selective residency program for prospective teacher leaders to teach Science or Mathematics in high-needs middle and high schools
  • A residency model that blends a full-year classroom apprenticeship experience with Master's level course work in education, leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Additional focus on recruiting individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM areas

Benefits of a Residency Teacher Certification Program

  • Living expense award of $20,000 provided during the Residency Year
  • Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Florida (UNF, Jacksonville)
  • Course work designed to support teaching certification
  • Tuition reimbursement for in-state costs associated with Master's degree (Contingent upon fulfilling a teaching commitment in DCPS)
  • Job placement support in finding a teaching position after residency
  • A way to share professional expertise and a passion for teaching and learning
  • A rewarding career with the opportunity to have a positive influence on young people

Residents will...

  • Begin course work at UNF in mid-June 2019
  • Start residency year assignment in Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) in August of 2019
  • Partner with a mentor in a high-needs secondary school in Duval County
  • Intern in a classroom four days (or an equivalency) per week
  • Attend UNF graduate courses one day (or an equivalency) per week
  • Commit to teach in a high-needs DCPS middle or high school for three years
  • Complete the General Knowledge Exam, Subject Area Exam, and Professional Knowledge Test for teaching certification


  • Undergraduate/Graduate degree in Science, Mathematics, or STEM-related fields
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study

For more information and to fill out a Prospect Form, please visit Duval Schools Jacksonville Teacher Residency 

All eligible prospects will be sent an Application Packet electronically within 72 hours.

You may also contact:

Jacksonville Teacher Residency

(904) 620-5419

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AmeriCorps Service Spotlight

Jacksonville Teacher Residency

78% of students who completed services demonstrated growth of at least one achievement level in math.

AmeriCorps members served 537 students in Jacksonville Middle and High schools.

All 10 AmeriCorps members were hired by Duval County Public schools to teach math or science in high-need schools.

AmeriCorps Members serve in the Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) program to prepare for long-term careers as STEM teachers. The goal of the program is to increase student engagement and STEM teaching/ learning in high-need Duval County Public Schools. In 2016, AmeriCorps members served 537 students in two high schools and three middle schools to increase student academic engagement in math and science. 78% of students who completed services demonstrated growth of at least one achievement level in math.

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey:

Dean, University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services

"At the University of North Florida, we prepare future STEM teachers much like medical residencies prepare future doctors. Thanks to funding from Volunteer Florida, our Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program prepares teachers by immersing them in high-need classrooms - training these future teachers as well as significantly increasing student achievement in STEM."