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PK-3 Residency

PK-3 Teacher Residency Program

Earn while getting your teaching certification.

Earn your BS in Education with Early Childhood: PK-3 Certification while participating in a year-long Teacher Residency.

As a Resident Teacher, you will undergo a year of clinical teaching, gaining valuable classroom experience and mentorship to help you transition into becoming a full-time teacher. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive preferential hiring and a service credit of one year at their cooperating district.

Making an immediate positive impact on students.

The goal of the PK-3 Teacher Residency Program is to train highly qualified early childhood educators to improve the academic and future success of young children in the Greater Houston area. The teacher residency offers a transformative teacher preparation experience that builds professional practice through a preservice clinical model guided by a high-quality mentor teacher and rooted in developmentally appropriate practice and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled in Early Childhood: PK-3 Certificate program or Early Childhood: PK-3/SPED Dual Certificate program.
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework.
  • Must be accepted to the Teacher Education Program by January 1st, prior to the Fall Clinical I residency semester or May 1st for Spring Clinical Teaching I residency Semester.
  • Be on track to complete all coursework, other than the PK-3 Methods block, prior to the Clinical I semester.  
  • Preference is given for passing PPR and STR TExES Exams prior to the Residency Year.
  • Clear a state and national criminal background check.
  • Strong work ethic, open to accepting and incorporating feedback, and a belief that all students can achieve.

Cooperating Districts 

  • Galveston ISD
  • Goose Creek CISD 

Application Deadline 

  • For Fall Clinical Teaching I – March 1st
  • For Spring Clinical Teaching II – October 1st  

For More Information 

To request more information about any of the PK-3 Teacher Residency Program, please contact Dr. Amber Brown at browna@uhcl.edu or by phone at 281-283-3627.

For more information about the Early Childhood Education degree programs, contact us through the link below. 

ECED Undergraduate Programs