NYU Teacher Residency Program with Rochester City School District

Rochester City School District

The Rochester City School District (RCSD) serves 33,000 K-12 students from varied economic and cultural backgrounds. RCSD strives to provide every student with high-quality elementary and secondary education to prepare them for college and careers while fostering students’ individual talents and abilities in a nurturing and equitable environment.

RCSD embraces four pedagogic priorities:

  • Engage: Employ data-driven student-centered learning practices that embrace students of all backgrounds and learning aptitudes
  • Lift up: Utilize inclusive restorative practices through a culturally responsive lens to create a safe and hospitable learning environment
  • Collaborate: Involve families, businesses, and other area institutions to build a strong learning community
  • Lead: Cultivate leaders who manage school and district resources effectively to optimize student outcomes

RCSD educators believe that each student has recognizable and untapped potential. They embrace diversity, inclusion, and social justice and work toward the eradication of racism, discrimination, and oppression. They understand that educating the whole child requires high-quality learning that is safe, loving, and rigorous.

Student population

52.7% Black
33.3% Hispanic
8.8% White
2.6% Asian
2.6% Multiple/Other

Average academic class size

K-6: 21 students
7-8: 21 students
9-12: 22 students
(as of 10.27.21)


of students were categorized as “economically disadvantaged” in 2020-2021


of students are English Language Learners

School initiatives

  • Improve the financial condition of RCSD
  • Increase academic achievement
  • Increase equity for all students

The details

  • There are two degree options available at this location:
    • 34-credit master of arts in teaching in Inclusive Childhood Education (dual degree in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education, Grades 1-6)
    • 30-credit master of arts in teaching in Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)
  • 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
  • Full-day cost details

As a teacher resident, you’ll teach and learn in your content area. You’ll work alongside another teacher and gain responsibility throughout the year. You also may be asked to substitute teach later in the year as well as support intervention work.

During residency year

Estimated Stipend Daily rate of $239 per day, approximately $43,000
Health Insurance District standard plan for health and dental benefits
Start Date August 2023

After residency year

Job After Graduation Teacher (Full-Time)
Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree $49,846 (contingent on # of years teaching experience)

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

 We know that the benefits of creating a more diverse teacher workforce are widespread; they are long-lasting, and they are life-changing.

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

 We built this program from the ground up, and [the faculty] all agreed on starting with the ideas of building community and understanding identity.

Heather Woodley
Clinical Associate Professor of TESOL, Bilingual Education, and World Language Education