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Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR)

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

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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.


All JTR students are enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), a 30-credit course of study.




To begin the application process for the next cohort, fill out a Prospect Form today!

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

Upcoming Information Sessions

There are currently no upcoming information sessions. If you would like additional information about the program, please don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Dwight Varnum, Recruitment Coordinator, at

JTR Program Highlights

  • A selective residency program for prospective teacher leaders to teach in high-need 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 $23K provided during the Residency Year
  • Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from the University of North Florida in just 14 months
  • Coursework leading to teaching certification
  • Placement support in DCPS (3-year teaching commitment required)
  • 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 2021 and continue through June 2022
  • Start residency year assignment in Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) in August of 2021
  • Partner with a mentor in a high-needs 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 Professional Knowledge Test for teaching certification


  • Undergraduate/Graduate degree in an applicable field
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
  • Earn passing scores on the Florida General Knowledge Exam and the Subject Area Examination (based on intended certification area).
  • A passion and desire to make a difference through teaching


Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for commonly asked questions and answers or Contact Dr. Dwight Varnum for more information:

Dr. Dwight Varnum

Recruitment Coordinator, Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program

(904) 620-2129