SPPS Urban Teacher Residency


Residents in the Saint Paul Urban Teacher Residency (SUTR) program earn their teaching license and master’s degree in 15 months while co-teaching with an experienced teacher for one academic year. SUTR residents take courses at the University of St. Thomas during the summer and one day a week during the academic school year in a cohort model while receiving a stipend, health benefits and books paid for by the school district. SUTR is in its fifth year with approximately 103 graduates to-date with 60% of them being teachers of color.

The program serves the students of SPPS by recruiting, preparing and hiring teachers that reflect the community of St. Paul.  The program is open to district staff and others who are interested in pursuing a teaching career through an accelerated pathway and  committed to teach in the SPPS community upon successful completion

The program has many different facets all focused on the teaching licensing process with licenses in Elementary Education (K-6), Special Education (ABS), Math (5-12), and Middle School Science.

This program is a partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools and The University of St Thomas. Residents do their yearlong student teaching in an SPPS site and courses are taken at the University of St. Thomas campus.

The program begins in May and concludes the following August (15 months total).

This program aims to recruit, prepare and retain highly qualified teachers who share similar life experiences as our diverse student population in SPPS. SUTR provides an affordable, accelerated program to earn a Minnesota teaching license and master’s degree in 15 months from the University of St. Thomas.

Contact: Danaya Franke 

Email: danaya.franke@spps.org