The Rural Teacher Residency is a pathway that bundles the Master's in Education with a multiple subject or education specialist preliminary credential.

The Rural Teacher Residency is a comprehensive partnership between the University's School of Education and four high-need rural school districts in northern California designed to improve the preparation of new teachers, to address the needs of rural schools, and to improve the achievement of all students to overcome the Achievement Gap.

The RTR Program combines classroom experience alongside trained Mentor Teachers with graduate coursework at CSU, Chico and a support system of university faculty, school administrators, and other teacher candidates. Residents participate with cohorts of general and special education Residents to cultivate Professional Learning Communities, collaboration, and promote school change. An induction program gives support for new teachers through the first 2 years of teaching. Also, Residents will be placed in cohorts upon completion, facilitating professional collaboration and online professional development communities to provide continued support.

It is a program designed to prepare highly qualified teachers for careers in today's rural schools. These schools rely increasingly on a culture of inquiry and strong collaboration of grade-level, school-wide and district-wide teams to meet the needs of all learners. Thus, the residents in the RTR Program focus on site-based action research and experience many forms of collaboration: between residents and their mentors, between special and general educators, between school-site faculty and administrative staff, between the School of Education and the partner districts, and between the individual districts.

Learn more about the RTR co-teaching process by watching the RTR Co-Teaching Videos below:

Rural Teaching Residency Overview

Co-Stars – Co-Teaching

Join RTR Voices
and be a part of this vibrant network

RTR Voices is a free online communications network that allows RTR Scholars to connect with each other 24/7 to discuss issues online, blog, and chat and to post, share, exchange, and comment on documents and videos that can help them become more successful teachers.

RTR Voices:

  • Can provide advice and information about Science and Math education in high need schools.
  • Is a forum for RTR Scholars to share successes, ask questions, and pose problems, and for RTR colleagues to respond in a timely and simple manner.