Prospective Students

We are excited to see your interest in applying to the Piedmont Teacher Residency Partnership (PTRP) program! Choosing to pursue a career in teaching is an important decision, so as you continue along in the first steps of this process, we encourage you to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Teacher Residents are college graduates who are paid a stipend of $35,000 to complete a one-year, full-time internship in a high-need school while completing coursework for a master’s degree in teaching. The master’s degree must be completed in 18 months.

The residency program begins in the first summer school session each May, and candidates graduate in August or December of the following year.

In exchange for the financial support during the residency year, residents agree to teach for at least three years in a high need school in Rockingham County or Surry County following graduation.

The residency program may be right for you if you:

  • Are a talented, dedicated individual with a bachelors’ degree who wishes to become a teacher in one of the following areas:
    • Middle Grades Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, or Social Studies (Grades 6-9)
    • Secondary Science (Grades 9-12)
    • Secondary Mathematics (Grades 9-12)
    • Secondary English Language Arts (Grades 9-12)
    • Special Education (General Curriculum, Grades K-12)
    • Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
    • Special Education and Elementary Education candidates can have any undergraduate major. Other candidates must have at least 24 semester hours of credit in the area you plan to teach.
  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average for your undergraduate degree.
  • Do not hold and have not met the requirements to hold a teaching license in any field.
  • Have not taught as a lateral entry teacher.

Application Process

Apply for admission to the MAT program at UNCG in your chosen area of specialization. You can access the application process here.

Applicants should:

  1. Complete the UNC Greensboro graduate school application
  2. Submit 3 recommendations using the electronic UNC Greensboro form (letters may also be attached)
  3. Submit official transcripts for all institutions of higher education attended

Applicants must also complete this application form indicating interest in PTRP.

Applicants who meet these criteria by the March 1 deadline may be invited to participate in a face-to-face interview and selection process.


Is this an online program?

No. Some courses may be available online, but there will be some face to face courses required.

Is the GPA requirement negotiable?

The State Board of Education requires a minimum grade point average of 2.7 for admission to teacher education programs. UNCG teacher education policy requires a 3.0 for admission but some exceptions can be made for candidates who have extenuating circumstances and/or who are otherwise highly qualified.

Will I be able to continue to work?

No, the residency is a full time, supervised internship experience. Part time work may be possible but is not advisable. Residents will be in class full time in the summer and in a combination of internship and classes during the school year.

Will I be able to accept a job as a teacher if one becomes available?

No, the residency is a full time, supervised internship experience.

How much are tuition and fees expected to be?

For Spring 2020, tuition and fees for one semester of 9 graduate credit hours are $3768. More information can be found at csh.uncg.edu/.

Am I eligible for financial aid if I am a resident?

The stipend is administered as financial aid, therefore no additional financial aid is available.

I have a bachelor’s degree in education but have not passed Praxis and do not have a license. Am I eligible to be a resident?

No, because your degree makes you eligible for a license to teach in NC.

Is insurance provided during the residency year?

No. Insurance is available through the University for students. Information is found at shs.uncg.edu/student-insurance.

In addition to the stipend is there reimbursement for the graduate degree classes?

No. We cannot pay tuition out of the grant. The $35,000 will be paid as a grant through the Financial Aid Office each term (Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer). Tuition and fees will come out of the $35,000 award and residents will receive the rest as a refund from the Cashier’s Office.