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Located on the West Coast, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh-largest school district in California, educating over 57,000 students every year. Richly diverse, with 44 languages spoken, the district employs a liberal and progressive approach to education, including an equity-centered, culturally responsive teaching and curriculum.

At SFUSD, we believe that all students and families – of every race, language, and ethnicity, learning level, and ability – deserve the support and the resources they need to thrive. SFUSD believes the achievement gap is the greatest civil rights issue facing the district, and it’s possible to increase academic achievement of high-performing students and accelerate the achievement of those currently less academically successful. SFUSD is committed to reducing the predictability factors that have historically correlated with success so that every student who enrolls in an SFUSD school will graduate prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.

SFUSD teachers have a strong desire to work in an urban setting and truly believe that being an educator is a social justice mission. Successful early adopters of the teacher residency model, SFUSD has a robust teacher induction program to help support your preparation for success and your drive to change lives.

Core Values






Student Population

36% Chinese
27% Latino
13% Caucasian
8% African American
16% Other


Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch


English Language Learners


Qualify for Special Education Services

District Initiatives

  • Engage students to learn via a rigorous Common Core-based curriculum in a safe and supportive classroom environment
  • Invest in building and developing the capacity of teachers, leaders, and school staff
  • Enlist our partners and empower families in a community schools approach
  • Coherently align support and resources to execute our strategies in action at all levels of the organization (classroom, school, and central office), along with supportive policy and governance

The Details

As a resident, you'll work full time under a mentor teacher and have the opportunity to support students daily. Your role in the classroom increases over the course of the year—progressing from working with students one-on-one to facilitating small group discussions, and eventually lead teaching up to three periods a day. Here are some more details about being a resident in SFUSD.

During Residency Year

Estimated Paid Internship
(Resident role to be defined by SFUSD)
$15,000-$20,000 Plus the opportunity to earn extra income:
Tutoring after school: ~$15/ hour
Teaching summer school: $3,500 - $5,000
Health Insurance Available through NYU
Start Date VIRTUAL: July 2019 (details coming soon)
ON-GROUND: Fall 2019 (details coming soon)

Please note: NYU Steinhardt’s Teacher Residency leads to eligibility for a single subject or special education credential in California (CA). You will be guided through the process to apply for the CA credential by SFUSD and NYU Steinhardt.

After Residency Year

Job After Graduation After successful completion of the program, you will have a job waiting for you as a teacher in an SFUSD school. In exchange for providing a master’s subsidy, and funding to offset your living expenses during your residency year, SFUSD requires you to make a commitment to teach in the district for at least two years after earning your degree.

The job placement offer is provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee job placement.

Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree $62,744

The figures above are estimates provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee these amounts.