Danbury Public Schools

Danbury Public Schools

The NYU Teacher Residency in Danbury Public Schools is a one-year 30-credit master of arts in teaching program. There are opportunities to be hired as a full-time substitute teacher at a compensation of $18,000 during the course of your residency year. For those unable to work full time, there is a part-time (20 hours per week) student teaching option.

Danbury Public Schools is in Fairfield County, in southern Connecticut, approximately 50 miles northeast of New York City. Danbury Public Schools serves more than 11,000 students in grades pre-K-12. It’s a growing district, with enriching diversity and a community oriented around embracing tradition and evolving with its demographic changes.   

The district is committed to the intellectual and cultural development of its students. It offers not only a quality education but also challenges its students with a variety of academic, athletic, and civic-minded opportunities. This means that education is rigorous and culturally responsive. All staff are dedicated to providing an equitable learning environment and deep sense of community. The district promotes restorative practices among its staff, with the goal to create a culture where all students and families feel safe and welcome. Student voice and agency matter deeply to the district, and these values are promoted inside and outside the classroom.

Educators matter, too. Danbury Public Schools wants all educators to feel valued; teachers meaningfully collaborate on decisions and initiatives across the district. It is paramount that you embrace the district’s commitment to equity and culturally responsive teaching. With these beliefs, as a new teacher, you will get the support you need from colleagues, administrators, and programs designed to spur your growth.

Student population

52% White
31% Hispanic
6% Asian
6% Black
2% Two or more races

District initiatives

  • Acquisition and retention of teacher talent: The district aims to recruit, employ, and retain a culturally responsive workforce that embraces diversity and best supports the educational needs of its students.
  • Professional development: Using an equity lens to serve the needs of their diverse learners, all teachers are supported with professional development that develops the skills and competencies to reach all students.
  • Teaching and learning: Focused, rigorous, and inclusive education in which teachers provide equitable learning environments and experiences that are equally rigorous, inclusive, and culturally responsive that prepare learners for post-secondary success.

The details

Full-time substitute teacher

  • 30-credit master of arts in teaching (MAT) program
  • Meet online with NYU Steinhardt faculty and peers twice per week in the evening for your course work ~15 hours/week
  • ~40 hours/week in classroom residency at partner location
  • Tuition subsidy and stipend or wage from partner school
  • Two-year commitment following residency required

Half-day student teaching

  • 30-credit master of arts in teaching (MAT) program
  • Meet online with NYU Steinhardt faculty and peers twice per week in the evening for your course work ~15 hours/week
  • ~20 hours/week for four to five days a week in classroom residency at partner location
  • No tuition subsidy or stipend/wage provided by district/charter partners
  • No requirement to teach at partner location beyond the residency year

As a teacher resident, you’ll be an intern alongside a lead teacher in your content area. This means you’ll work with another teacher and gain responsibility throughout the year. This immersive learning is designed to assist you with understanding your students and their learning process, setting you up to have a class of your own the following year.

During residency year

Estimated Wage Two options through the Danbury Public Schools residency:

Health Insurance Available through NYU
Start Dates Orientation: End of June 2021
Residency: End of August 2021

After residency year

Job After Graduation After successful completion of the program, you will receive priority hiring status for teaching positions available in a Danbury public school.
Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree $55,097

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

 Whether you aspire to become a special education teacher in an integrated co-teaching classroom or a US history teacher for Advanced Placement students, this program offers the skills needed to connect with, engage, empower, challenge, and reach all of your students.

Diana Turk
Vice Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning; Co-Director, NYU Teacher Residency,
NYU Steinhardt