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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.

  1. 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 interview.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. 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.