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Residency Program for School Leadership

Program Overview

The Residency Program for School Leadership is a new collaboration between traditional public school districts, New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport, and Achievement First. The Residency Program is designed to accelerate the development of stellar assistant principals, coaches and teacher leaders who are interested in serving as the next generation of principals in New Haven, Hartford, or Bridgeport. Participation in the program carries a placement commitment to the respective host district after completion of the residency year. 

The Residency Program is accredited by the Connecticut State Department of Education as an alternate route to administration and supervision (#092) certification. Candidates who complete the program are qualified to earn the Connecticut Intermediate Administration/Supervision (#092) certificate. The program is open to certified teachers who have a minimum of four years of K-12 educational experience and meet other admission standards. The Residency Program is non-credit bearing.

According to Connecticut State educator regulatory requirements, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an institution of higher education accredited by the Board of Governors for Higher Education or a regionally accredited body.
  • Hold a current teaching certificate.
  • Have at least 40 school months (four years) of teaching experience, of which at least 10 school months are in a position requiring certification at a public school in Connecticut or another state.
  • Be recommended by their immediate supervisor or district administrator on the basis of their performance.
 
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