Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program

Program Description

Montclair State University, in partnership with the Newark Public Schools, is offering an innovative teacher preparation program known as the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR). 

The NMUTR is an initial teacher certification program for college graduates and career changers with a deep commitment to urban education. Students pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with teacher certification in either Early Childhood (P-3)/Special Education or Secondary Education (K-12) Mathematics or Science from Montclair State Univeristy.

Working from the model of medical residencies, and based on research about successful teacher preparation programs, the NMUTR:

  • Embeds Residents in the schools and classrooms of the Newark Public Schools (NPS)
  • Provides on-site coursework in a cohort-style environment of no more than 15 students
  • Matches each Resident with a school-based Master Mentor Teacher
  • Provides graduates from the NMUTR with intensive induction support, mentoring, and professional development through their first three years of teaching

Residents in the NMUTR also benefit from the following:

  • A living stipend of $26,000-$30,000 provided during the residency
  • A tuition waiver covering approximately two-thirds of the tuition cost
  • Hiring preference by the Newark Public Schools

The NMUTR Partnership

Montclair State University (MSU) and the Newark Public Schools (NPS) have worked in collaboration for more than three decades. The partners have designed the NMUTR to provide all of the essential components of an effective teacher preparation program:  sharing facilities, co-leading teaching experiences and coursework, as well as identifying and strengthening models of excellence.  Representatives from NPS and MSU faculty co-designed the curriculum to ensure all candidates receive rigorous preparation that will prepare effective teacher leaders for urban schools.  The NMUTR is not just about supplying districts with new teachers – it recruits and prepares outstanding teachers with a passion for urban education, deep commitment and dedication to the Newark community, and a relentless focus on high levels of student engagement and achievement.

NMUTR Program Model

Residents are engaged in internships and coursework on a full-time schedule for the entirety of their 12-15 month residency. Montclair State faculty and Newark Public Schools educators collaborate to teach each course; most, ifnot all, of the classes and coursework are rendered in Newark. The classes are designed to expose the teacher-learner to multiple opportunities to interact with Newark's community members, students and their families. At the same time, the NMUTR addresses the emergent needs of each resident as s/he encounters new experiences. Graduates of the NMUTR are required to make a three year commitment to teach in the Newark Public Schools.

There are two separate strands of the Residency Program: Early Childhood (P-3)/Special Education or Secondary Education (K-12) for Mathematics or Science subject area. 

Early Childhood (P-3)/Special Education Strand:

  • This strand is a 15 month residency that begins annually in April
  • The NMUTR may accept up to 15 residents per cohort
  • Emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education
  • Completers receive dual teacher certification in P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Secondary Education (K-12) for Mathematics or Science Subject Area Strand:

  • This strand is a 12 month residency that begins annually in June
  • The NMUTR may accept up to 10 residents per cohort
  • Completers receive secondary level (K-12) teacher certification in mathematics or science


Applying to the NMUTR

The NMUTR is open to college graduates who possess:

  • A conferred Bachelor's degree with a cumulative undergraduate GAP of 3.0 or higher
  • A passing score on all required Praxis exams
  • United States Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  • For consideration into the Early Childhood (P-3)/Special Education Strand:
    • A Liberal Arts or Science degree with a minimum of 60 liberal arts credits
  • For consideration into the Secondary Mathematics or Science Strand:
    • A minimum of 30 credits in the desired subject area certification (math or science)
  • An interest in teaching in Newark Public Schools for a minimum of 3 years

Upcoming Admissions and Application Deadlines:

Early Childhood (P-3)/Special Education Strand

Next Enrollment Term: April 2018

Priority Application Deadline: October 10, 2017

Final Application Deadline: February 2, 2018

Secondary Education (K-12) Mathematics or Science Subject Area Strand

Next Enrollment Term: June 2018

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2018


Applications are submitted through the Graduate School at Montclair State University's system. All applications are considered in their entirety by the NMUTR program staff and selection is based on merit.

Please email the NMUTR Program Advisor at for additional information, to confirm your eligibility, and to receive application instructions prior to applying.

NMUTR Program Contact Information

You may e-mail or call the following individuals at any time with any questions regarding the program or to schedule an appointment to meet regarding the NMUTR:

View Program Brochure: Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency