San Francisco Teacher Residency – Master's Program with Credential

Offered In

USF Main Campus

The San Francisco Teacher Residency is a non-profit organization that prepares and supports new teachers to improve academic achievement and social emotional development for students in San Francisco. Since 2010, SFTR has prepared nearly 150 aspiring teachers to work in high-needs schools within the San Francisco Unified School District. A remarkable 89% of SFTR grads are still teaching in SFUSD!

Program Features

  • 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
  • Health care 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, or elementary multiple subjects credential. Students also have the option to pursue Spanish bilingual authorization certification.

Learn more about the SF Teacher Residency

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 Info

School of Education

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5467