The Teaching Residency Program for Critical Shortage Areas (TRP-CSA) is designed for individuals who:
- are committed to teach in in a high need secondary campus in the Austin Independent School District (www.austinisd.org) and seek 8-12 teacher certification in mathematics, science or special education,
- already hold a baccalaureate degree,
- have completed a minimum of 24 hours in mathematics or science.
TRP-CSA is a competitive grant funded program that results in a Master of Education (M.Ed. degree) within a 14-month period and provides two years of induction support. Participants selected for the program are eligible for a $35,000 living stipend while enrolled in graduate coursework and tuition assistance (through the TEACH grant program), both of which are 100% forgivable for candidates who complete three years of employment in a high-need school.
The TRP-CSA partnership is comprised of the Colleges of Education and Science at Texas State University-San Marcos; Austin Independent School District; Skillpoint Alliance, a business/education nonprofit community organization; and Pearson Teacher Education and Development.
Due to the accelerated nature of the TRP-CSA, the program is a fulltime five-day per week daytime program with evening classes one day per week. Teacher Residents enroll in summer coursework beginning in June of the first summer and ending in July of the second summer. TRP-CSA Residents spend four full days per week working in the classroom of a mentor teacher in a high-need school. During the preparation program, Teacher Residents are not assigned their own classroom and are not the teacher of record.
To become certified, Texas teacher certification requires that the candidate take two (TExES) exams -- a content exam in the teaching field and an exam in Professional Practices and Responsibilities. A written comprehensive exam must be passed in order to complete the M.Ed. degree.
Program coursework may be delivered at a variety of locations including area high schools and community centers, and at the main campus of Texas State University-San Marcos.