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Posted: November 10, 2019

Paid Internships for Future Teachers

The Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership provides financial support as it prepares new teachers.

For years, New Mexican children have felt the effects of a teacher shortage in our schools. Now, a recent partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico is trying to close the gap.

The Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership (ATRP) provides paid internships for student teachers as they prepare for their roles as educators.  

“I think the choice to become a teacher, for some people, becomes easier with our residency in place because of the financial support provided,” said Marjori Krebs, a professor with UNM's College of Education. 

APS provides UNM with a $464,000 grant to fund the program. Each resident receives a $15,000 stipend and a full year of teacher residency, compared to the 16 weeks of unpaid classroom experience most graduate students get if they’re enrolled in the traditional teacher preparation model.

“ATRP includes more intense field experience, plus they’ll double their time being mentored by a master teacher, and they also receive a stipend to assist them for that year,” Krebs said. “You can’t afford to quit your job to become a teacher, and that’s what we’re asking people to do.”

This year, New Mexico Workforce Connection has also helped financially support residents who are accepted into ATRP. This financial support has helped residents stretch their $15,000 stipend.

The program is in its second year. The partnership includes UNM, APS, and the Albuquerque’s Teachers Federation. Interns work and train at APS community schools, including Emerson and Rudolfo Anaya elementaries, Van Buren Middle School and Highland High School. The coursework is tailored to what teachers in New Mexico are facing.

“Our teacher residency focuses on community schools and Title I schools,” Krebs said. “By the time our residents complete the program, they want to be in those schools because they see the benefit for the children, and they know if we can support them and their families, then children are more likely to stay in school while decreasing mobility.”

Every year, ATRP has 25 open slots. There is a two-part application process; interested students are also required to pass the teacher entry exam.

“We want to be selective because the other part of the teacher residency is students will agree, once they complete licensure, to teach for APS for two years,” Krebs said. “APS also agrees that if a student completes the program successfully; in return, it will hire them for two years.”

UNM’s College of Education is currently accepting applications for Cohort 3 of ATRP that will begin in the summer of 2020. 

Applications are due Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.