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District 13 Residency Program in Childhood General and Special Education


  • Program Overview

    Now in its second year, Bank Street’s new District 13 Residency Program prepares students to be educators in diverse childhood settings.

    • The next two-year residency cohort starts in Summer 2023 (our summer 2 session).
    • In the first year of the program, students will have a full-time residency in a New York City District 13 public school in Brooklyn and will earn a stipend of $20,000. 
    • All residency cohort members will receive a scholarship reducing tuition approximately 50%. The scholarship does not apply to fees.
    • In the second year of the program, students will have the opportunity to become a full-time teacher of record.
    • NO prior teaching certification is necessary for this program.
    • This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education and requires 52 credits. 
    • This program is offered on campus, with some site-specific experience in District 13.

    The program is designed for prospective teachers who are interested in working with students in general and special education.  They will learn to: 

    • Construct developmentally responsive learning experiences that encourage all learners to follow their curiosities.
    • Create accessible curricula so all learners can explore literacy, literature, mathematics, science, arts, and social studies content.
    • Develop a strong social justice, anti-racist focus.
    • Apply New York State’s Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education Framework to their practice.
    • Plan for dynamic and collaborative partnerships with families and school professionals.
    • Engage in critical explorations of themselves, others, and the wider world.

    Teacher helps child during math lesson

  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the main admissions criteria, there are additional requirements needed to apply for this program:

  • Coursework

  • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

    Supervised fieldwork/advisement lies at the heart of a Bank Street education. Through sustained experiences in the field, supervision from core faculty, and close collaboration with peers, our graduate students develop the ability to connect theory to practice and to reflect deeply on their own growth as educators. In this program, you will:

    • Be supervised by your advisor, a core graduate faculty mentor, and an experienced teacher, who will visit you in your classroom once each month.
    • Participate in a weekly conference group of up to seven District 13 residents and your advisor.
    • Reflect on a lesson with your advisor once each month.
    • Meet individually with your advisor once each month.
    • You will work in a classroom setting as a resident five days a week.
    • During your residency you will experience:
      • Two age bands (grades 1-3 and grades 4-6)
      • General and special education
      • District 13 public school environments
  • Career Opportunities

    Your experience with District 13 during your residency year makes you eligible to apply for a full-time head teaching position in a District 13 school.

    Childhood Special and General Education graduates also go on to:

    • Teach in general education, special education, or inclusion classrooms in public, charter, and independent schools.
    • Tutor or work as learning specialists in schools or in private practice.
    • Work in special education teacher support services (SETSS) roles.
  • Faculty

  • Certification

    When you complete the District 13 Residency Program, you will be eligible for your:

    • Initial certification in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6).
Meghan Dunn, Bank Street alumna and Deputy Supervisor of District 13 in Brooklyn, NY
Meet our alumni
To know people, to have connections—This is another Bank Street value—how we build relationships, like working together on the residency program. I think it’s going to prove to be a really good idea, and we’re curious about the ways that it’s going to roll out and have a great impact on both communities.
Meghan Dunn - Childhood General Education '08
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Benefits of Our NYC Public School Residency

In the District 13 teacher residency program, prospective teachers spend their first year learning by doing—working directly in grades 1-6 in general education, special education, and/or integrated co-taught settings. This hands-on learning experience also includes a scholarship that reduces tuition and a $20,000 stipend.
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