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Department of Childhood Education

and Literacy Studies
Elementary Teacher Residency Program



The Residency Program is a special cohort designed for undergraduate students within the Elementary Education program of the department of Childhood Education & Literacy Studies to enhance the learning experience by learning to teach from within the classroom. Specific classes are reserved for this cohort! This program is designed to develop exemplary elementary teachers who target enhanced student learning.  Students will learn to teach by taking courses that are highly embedded in elementary classrooms and schools, and often co-taught by elementary school faculty.  This is a full-time program.

Program Highlights

  • Gain first-hand training in field work
  • Encourage teaching that is innovative, inclusive, integrated, and inquiry-based
  • The course curriculum for this program will emphasize inquiry, inclusion, integration, innovation, and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Specific classes are reserved for this cohort
  • Integrate technology into all elements of teaching and learning

Application Requirements

Eligible participants for the Residency Program should meet the following requirements:


  • Admitted to the Elementary Education program in the Fall 2011 semester
  • Registered as a full time student
  • Be available to take courses 7:30am-3:30pm Monday through Friday (including summer) in addition to working at an assigned school for a year-long residency in Year 2
  • Dedicated, focused, organized, and flexible
  • Participate in a highly rich, technology-driven learning and teaching environment

Residency Requirement

  • This is a full-time, five semester experience
  • Students will be assigned a year-long residency in a local K-5 classroom

To inquire about the Residency Program or apply, please contact

Dr. Danielle Dennis

Program Coordinator

(813) 974-0597

Michele Sebti

Program Specialist

(813) 974-3462

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