San Francisco Teacher Residency

San Francisco Teacher Residency (SFTR) is a partnership committed to preparing high quality teachers for San Francisco's hardest to staff schools and subjects.

In partnership are the University of San Francisco (USF), San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Stanford University, United Educators of San Francisco, and Community Initiatives.

What you get by Joining
San Francisco Teacher Residency:

  • A transformative career teaching in SFUSD;
  • A collaborative learning environment;
  • A master’s degree from the University of San Francisco at reduced cost;
  • A preliminary California Teaching Credential;
  • Health care benefits for the program year.

The SFTR Design

SFTR is designed to train aspiring teachers who are committed to teaching in urban public schools in math, science, and Spanish bilingual literacy.

Based on a one year cohort model,
the program combines a yearlong apprenticeship at SFUSD with targeted master’s level coursework from the Teacher Education Department at USF.

A blending of theory and practice,
SFTR provides Residents with the practical learning, hands-on experience, and ongoing support essential for successful careers in teaching.

When SFTR graduates become the teachers of record,
they will have gained valuable teaching experience, an understanding of the challenges ahead, and an ever-expanding network of fellow educators to lean on for support and advice.

The “Residency” Model

Taking from the Medical Residency model where residents serve under an assisting physician to gain the required training to practice medicine, SFTR Residents work under the guidance and supervision of an expert teacher while training to become teachers of record.

  • Residents spend five hours a day, five days a week, in a SFUSD classroom during the residency year.
  • The entire cohort meets once a week for SFTR’s practicum seminar, which places emphasis on the San Francisco context and focuses on the needs and issues specific to SFUSD students
  • Residents take late afternoon and evening classes at USF to work towards their credential and master’s degree.

Credential Coursework

The Preliminary Single Subject Credential is comprised of 34 credits. The Preliminary Multiple Subjects Credential is comprised of 36 credits. For candidates interested in the Bilingual Authorization option, there are four additional credits required.

Master’s Degree Coursework

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree can be completed with six additional course units. The following courses are required of all Master of Arts in Teaching candidates:

  1. GEDU 603. Methodology of Educational Research (3 credits)
TEC 619. Master's Thesis - Field Project (3 credits)


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university;
  • US citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  • Passing scores from CSET and CBEST by set deadline – CSET must be taken no later than 1/11/14; CBEST must be taken no later than 2/7/2014;
  • Admission into the University of San Francisco Master’s in Teaching (MAT) – for a math, science or bilingual Spanish credential.

To Apply:

Candidates must apply to both USF and SFTR.
Please submit the USF application and the supplemental SFTR applications online separately. SFTR will not be reviewing applications until your USF application is accepted.

For Additional information:
San Francisco Teacher Residency


To ensure your application is reviewed for admission for SFTR, you are strongly encouraged to apply prior to the March 2, 2014 deadline. SFTR will not review applications until they have been reviewed by USF.