Resident Teacher Program
The Resident Teacher Program (RTP) is a collaboration between Prince
George's Public Schools (PGCPS) and Prince George's Community College (PGCC).
It is approved under the latest regulations of the Maryland State
Department of Education. All costs (with the exception of the $25 college
application fee) are paid for by PGCPS.
The RTP is a pathway to becoming a certified teacher for people who
have at least a Bachelor's degree but who do not have the training needed
for a career in teaching. There are four steps in the RTP Program.
- Application. Go to the Prince George's County Public School
website and click on the link to the Resident Teacher Program.
www.pgcps.org You will need to send PGCPS your college transcripts which
must indicate a Grade Point Average of at least 2.75. You will need to
take and pass the Praxis I and Praxis II content area test to be
admitted to the program. You will be called to participate in an
- Pre-Internship Instruction. Once admitted to the program, you
will take 20 3-hr instructional modules in material that is critical for
successful teaching. This instruction - is designated as EDU 280 and
carries 4 college credits. It takes place at PGCC. Your assignments and
tests will be added to a RTP portfolio. It will be offered in the
evening 5 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. over a three week period - which includes
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will also take the first reading
course on-line during this time.
- Internship. This part of the RTP takes place in a classroom
with a certified teacher of record, who will serve as a mentor, at a
grade level that you want to teach. It is what used to be termed,
"student teaching". It will last from 4 to 8 weeks depending on your
prior experience. You will be enrolled in EDU 2810 for four college
credits. You will attend 10 2-hr seminars during your internship in the
afternoon (at PGCC). A college faculty member will visit and observe
your practice teaching twice during the internship. Only the second
observation will become part of the graded portion of your portfolio.
- Resident Teacher Year. Upon successfully completing the
internship, you will sign a RT contract and be assigned to your own
class. At this point you are an employee of PGCPS. You will have the
support of trained mentors from both PGCPS and PGCC. You will enroll in
EDU 2820 and then EDU 2830, two 3-credit courses that will include monthly
seminars, keeping reflections in your portfolio, and observational
visits. You will also need to complete one more reading course if you
are a secondary teacher or three more if you are an elementary teacher.
The RT certification is valid for two years. You will be paid the normal
salary of someone with your degree attainment while on the RT contract.
You will also need to take and pass the Praxis II pedagogy exam. Upon
successful completion of all requirements, your certification will be
converted to Standard Certification.