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Master of Arts in Teaching - Teacher Residency

Get hands-on teaching experience and a paycheck at the same time. No, it isn't too good to be true.

Spend a year learning under a master teacher in the Leadership Academy Network while getting your teacher certification and a salary and benefits. During year two, get full-time classroom experience while working on your Master of Arts in Teaching. You'll even be at the front of the line for a LAN teaching position. That means potentially earning a higher teacher's salary.

Don't just work on your degree program. Join a program that works for you.

What can I study?

You'll learn from experienced professors who are former principals, administrators and superintendents. You'll graduate from Texas Wesleyan prepared to complete the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) and ready to take on a whole new leadership role in education.

Curriculum & Instruction
We'll teach you how to become a teaching leader on a struggling campus by providing strategies to improve student achievement, parental involvement and social and emotional development of students. With special program components that focus on leadership and ESL, you'll learn the culturally-responsive teaching methods needed for your classroom.

Reading and Writing
Learn how to develop literacy skills and engage stalled readers. Diagnose reading difficulties and help English as a Second Language readers and adult readers.

Reading Specialist
You’ll learn the foundations of reading and how to diagnose and fix reading difficulties. You'll get research and real-world experience in elementary or secondary content areas from expert professors.

Second Language Education and Culture
Understand the cultural issues for non-English speakers of different ages. We’ll teach you the importance of communication across cultures – and you’ll learn how to transform a classroom with it.

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When are classes?

First year:

  • In-classroom training with a master teacher Monday-Friday
  • Evening classes once per week for teacher certification at TXWES

Second year:

  • Full-time teaching Monday-Friday
  • Master's coursework online or evening classes at TXWES
What are the admission requirements?
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Earned a minimum 2.5 GPA, either cumulative or from your last 60 credit hours
  • Pass a Fort Worth ISD background check

Priority Deadline: February 15
Final Deadline Extended: April 15

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What is the Leadership Academy Network?

Established in February 2019, the Leadership Academy Network is a first-of-its-kind partnership between Fort Worth ISD and Texas Wesleyan University. It is designed to sustain rising academic performance of the district’s five Leadership Academies at Como Elementary, John T. White Elementary, Maude I. Logan Elementary, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary and Forest Oak Middle School.

The Leadership Academy model is based on instructional excellence, extended learning, social-emotional support, highly qualified principals and teachers with parent and community partnerships.