San Francisco Teacher Residency

San Francisco Teacher Residency (SFTR) aims to significantly improve academic achievement and social-emotional development for students in San Francisco's public schools by recruiting, preparing, and supporting highly effective and equity-centered teachers.

SFTR is recruiting aspiring teachers who are committed to teaching in San Francisco's high-needs schools. 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.

Additional information: San Francisco Teacher Residency

What You Get By Joining SFTR:

  • An opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students
  • A Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco
  • Tuition remission at USF
  • A California Teaching Credential
  • Coaching support during your first 2 years of teaching
  • Healthcare benefits
  • A network of colleagues dedicated to student excellence
  • Career opportunities within the San Francisco Unified School District


  • Desire to work hard to improve equity and access for our children
  • Interest in teaching as a profession
  • Commitment to teaching in a high-needs school 
in San Francisco
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school
  • Complete the CSET and CBEST exams
  • Admission into the University of San Francisco 
Master of Arts in Teaching Program
  • Must be a candidate for a secondary math 
or science, Spanish bilingual, or elementary multiple subjects credential

SFTR is designed to train aspiring teachers who are committed to teaching in urban public schools in math, science, and Spanish bilingual literacy (Bilingual Authorization). 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. SFTR provides Residents with the practical learning, hands-on experience, and ongoing support essential for successful careers in teaching.

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.

Contact Us

For more information please contact the SOE prospective student adviser, Lisa Klope, at (415) 422-5467 or