Aggie Teacher Education Residency Model
“Short-TERM clinical experience, long-TERM teacher impact.”
aggieTERM provides prospective TAMU beginning teachers with a year-long clinical residency to develop the classroom expertise to become effective, long-term educators in high need school districts in Texas. Candidates may be offered a teaching position upon successful completion of the residency.
Read about aggieTERM in the news at tx.ag/theeagle.
Aggie student teachers kick off first aggieTERM at Bryan ISD: tx.ag/kickoff
Bryan ISD hosts orientation breakfast for aggieTERM students: tx.ag/OrientationBreakfast
“Fannin Elementary students write to US service members” tx.ag/letters
Meet aggieTERM’s newest residents — class of 2021!
We now have residents at Bryan ISD and Caldwell ISD.
What is a Teacher Residency?
Teacher residency programs are, by definition, district-serving teacher education programs that pair a rigorous full-year classroom apprenticeship with master’s level education content. “Residency programs are partnerships among school districts, universities, and other stakeholders to prepare and retain effective teachers” (NCTR, 2018, p. 3). Teacher residencies are opportunities for preservice teachers to be authentically active in the classroom for an extended period and to “experiment with specific and concrete strategies under realistic conditions” (Pankowski & Walker, 2016, p. 4). Read more here.
aggieTERM is framed within a 5-point Comprehensive Community Induction Model. There is an impressive body of research on the aspects of teacher preparation that have the most impact on quality teachers. From this literature, one can identify five key attributes that researchers have found to be linked to quality clinical teaching:
- A coherent vision of teaching between school and university partners
- Comprehensive strategies that enhance clinical experiences
- Shared governance
- Developmental induction training for clinical teachers and mentors
- Anchored in the community
- Stipend award of $20,000+ for Track 1 students, and $40,000+ for Track 2 students in their internship/residency year.
- Authentic year-long clinical teaching experiences in a partner school district
- Coursework designed to support teaching certification
- Laptop courtesy of the school district
- Quality mentoring from school district staff, TAMU faculty, and local community
- Free professional development opportunities each semester
- Opportunities for paid after-school tutoring
- Possible financial assistance for teacher certification exams (Track 1 only)
- Job placement in partner school district
- Student loan forgiveness may be available after 5 years of teaching in a high need school.
- Opportunity to share professional expertise and a passion for teaching and learning
How to Apply to the aggieTERM Program
a. Check the website for details.
b. Selected candidates must complete a background check which is paid for by the candidate.
c. Students must sign an ‘Intent to Serve’ agreement, which includes a commitment to (a) remain employed as a teacher of record for a minimum of three years after the one year of residency and (b) enroll and complete a master’s in education graduate program (Track 2 only).
d. Students accepted into the aggieTERM Program are required to pass the teacher certification content exam.
What do our Texas A&M faculty have to say?
aggieTERM brings together all the best teacher preparation practices in partnership with our partner school districts —fostering a day-1-ready start to students’ careers as beginning teachers.“
– Dr. Miranda Walichowski, Clinical Associate Professor Undergraduate Bilingual Education Programs
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.