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Teacher Prep Programs

The school/university partnership provides a  mechanism of support for teacher preparation programs and establishes collaborative relationships to better prepare future teachers  for community schools. This type of partnership nurtures the talent that exists within the schools and the university to best prepare the next generation of teachers. 

Albuquerque Public Schools in collaboration with Universities and Colleges work closely to support each other and the Teacher Candidate to ensure recruitment and placement of high-quality educators who will bring skill, caring, and passion to the classrooms.


For program details please choose from the locations below:





Our Partnership. The Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership is founded on a strong collaborative relationship between APS, UNM, and ATF with the shared vision of educating high-potential, aspiring teachers who are invested in making a measurable and sustainable change toward equal education



Program Overview. Each District/Charter School in the DPTR is a unique partnership between College of Education & Human Sciences and select Districts and Charter Schools. Teacher Residents complete methods courses and student teaching in 2 semesters (Fall & Spring). Residents receive a stipend of $35,000 over the course of Fall and Spring          semesters.. This stipend is taxable income.

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The Special Education Teacher Training (SETT) program is a collaboration between Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) to provide a supported alternative licensure pathway to attract and retain high quality special education teachers in APS.

The SETT alternative licensure program provides new special education teachers the opportunity to co-teach with an experienced teacher during their first semester of teaching while taking academic coursework for PreK–12 special education licensure.  

Teacher Candidates in the SETT program begin co-teaching in the fall while earning a first-year teaching salary and benefits.  Classroom teaching is supported with rigorous coursework in the foundations of special education, curriculum and assessment, classroom and individual behavior management, and literacy instruction. Candidates will also complete coursework for a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement.

After co-teaching in the fall, teacher candidates will teach in their own classroom with continued mentorship, coaching, and support during the first two years of teaching.  

More details about the program can be found on the Program Information and Timeline page.




Please contact the district recruiter at or call us at (505) 889-4893 with additional questions.