Become a Teacher Registered Apprenticeship Program with Support from NCTR
A teacher registered apprenticeship program is a work-based learning system—codified by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) in November 2021—designed to serve as an innovative and additional teacher preparation pathway for aspiring teachers to become teachers of record. Similar to NCTR’s teacher residency model, a teacher registered apprenticeship program centers the clinical experience ensuring that apprentices get the practical experience they need to be ready on day one to be effective teachers.
Teacher registered apprenticeships include on-the-job training with a mentor teacher (also called a journey worker in labor terms) and related coursework while ensuring teacher apprentices earn while they learn and are provided a progressive wage during their teacher preparation. Just like teacher residency programs, teacher registered apprenticeship programs are designed to be rooted in a partnership between a coursework provider (an approved education preparation provider) and an employer (school or school district). NCTR’s teacher residency model centers this partnership. In fact, it is named in NCTR’s Levers for Equitable Teacher Residencies, standards that support the design, launch, and sustainability of a high-quality equitable teacher residency program.
School districts, institutions of higher education, states, charter schools, and teacher residency programs can apply to become teacher registered apprenticeship programs with support from NCTR.
Katherine Klaven is a teacher resident at PEBC Teacher Residency.
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