Become a Certified Teacher with the Teach Western Mass Residency: Apply by April 30th

Holyoke, Massachusetts
$45,000- $110,000
Mar 22, 2018
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Who We Are


We are looking for teachers dedicated to bringing an excellent education to every classroom in our region. As educators, we share a belief that all families—regardless of where they live or how much money they earn—have the right to a great education and a bright future for their children.  For us, this starts with teachers who are empowered and supported along the way.


Click here to learn how the Teach Western Mass Residency program can enable you to transform your academic and professional expertise into a high-impact career as an outstanding certified teacher.


Where We Operate


  • Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) (11 schools serving students in Grades 6 to 12)


    Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) (11 schools serving students in Grades Pre-K to 12)


    UP Academy Kennedy (Serving students in Grades 6 to 8)


    Area Charter Schools (5 schools serving students in Grades Pre-K to 12)


Program Overview

The Teach Western Mass Residency is a one-year accelerated program that gives aspiring teachers the chance to lead a classroom while getting significant support and earning certification. Our customized credentialing program trains new teachers to be effective in the classroom while building strong relationships in their school communities and implementing standards-based and culturally relevant curriculum for students in the region’s highest-need schools and subject areas.


Together we’re building a pipeline of dedicated and diverse educators that reflect the makeup of our vibrant region.  


Teach Western Mass Residents will spend a year developing foundational teaching techniques in an actual classroom with personalized training and expert coaches to guide them along the way.


PRACTICE -Master essential teaching skills while leading your own classroom full-time.


COACHING -Learn how to succeed in Western Mass schools with guidance from an expert coach.


COMMUNITY -Join a cohort of inspiring educators on a journey to a new career in the classroom.


Who We Want

We are looking for accomplished individuals who possess the skills and deep content knowledge to teach critical subjects where great teachers are often in short supply. Teach Western Mass Residents are accomplished professionals and/or recent graduates who commit to becoming exceptional teachers in high need content areas.


Given our specific needs, we are particularly interested in candidates with the dedication and knowledge required to educate students in Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) settings.


Benefits of the Teach Western Mass Residency


Focused, Classroom-Centered Training: Our training is unique and focuses on skills that are integral to success as a first-year teacher. We place a focus on essential teaching skills, content-specific strategies, and intensive coaching coupled with high-quality feedback. Our innovative training is centered around practicing instructional skills instead of just learning about them.


Certification that Counts: Upon completing required MTELs and graduating our program, Residents will be on track to earn an Initial License from the state of Massachusetts.


Full Salary and Benefits: Residents will begin earning a full teacher’s salary, starting at around $45,000 (could vary depending on the school’s career ladder), plus comprehensive benefits, while pursuing certification when they start working full-time at a district or charter school this fall.


Opportunities for Advancement:  After completing the residency, exemplary teachers will have opportunities to earn higher compensation by taking on unique leadership roles.


Eligibility Requirements


Qualifications and eligibility for the Teach Western Mass Residency:


  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (conferred by June 15, 2018);


    Meet all legal requirements to work in the United States;


    Receive passing scores on all of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure required by your subject area by June 23rd, 2018; and


    Pass a criminal background check by June 1, 2018.



How to Apply

Interested in becoming a certified Special Education or ESL teacher and helping to make a difference? Apply before our upcoming deadline here.

If you are already a licensed teacher, visit our website to learn more about open positions for certified educators.


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