What are the minimum qualifications to apply?
To be eligible to apply for the 2023-24 program year, an applicant must a) be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident, and b) hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree before the start of the program.
How do prospective applicants access the 2023-24 program year application?
To start the application, applicants may first complete the contact info form and shortly after you submit the form, you will be redirected to the BTR Cohort 21 application. You may also complete the application without submitting a contact info form. BTR recommends that applicants bookmark this link so that they can easily access the online application.
What is the BTR Admissions Process?
All applicants must first submit a complete online application by the appropriate application deadline, including unofficial transcripts.
Two recommendations must also be submitted by recommenders by the deadline for applications to be considered complete and under review. After the deadline passes, candidates who submitted a complete application will receive further instructions on how to register for virtual content assessments. Applications are then reviewed by a committee and selected finalists will receive an invitation to attend a virtual Selection Day. The Selection Day process takes place during a regular school day and consists of a set of activities, including a group problem-solving, a mini-lesson, and individual interviews. Selection Days are also opportunities for candidates to “try on” for a day what it might be like to be a resident/teacher, and to engage with students, teachers, and staff. Decision letters are sent within two weeks following Selection Day. Please note: Content Assessments and Selection Day are required components of the BTR Admissions Process and, if invited, finalists must interview at Selection Day in order to be considered for acceptance to the program.
What is the application timeline for the 2023-24 program?
The admissions timeline for the regular BTR application deadline is as follows:
Application Deadline: February 26th, 2023 (11:59 pm EST)
Virtual Content Assessments: February 28th – March 5th, 2023
Selection Day Notifications: by March 7th, 2023
Virtual Selection Day: March 23rd, 2023 (8:00 am – 1:00 pm EST)
Final Decisions Announced: by April 6th, 2023
Applying after February 26th? Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage interested applicants to submit an application as soon as possible for consideration.
If interested in applying for BTR or learning more, please complete this brief contact info form.
*After each application deadline applicants who have submitted a completed application complete virtual content assessments. The content assessments are designed to highlight applicants’ content knowledge in their selected program of interest. Assessments are based both on what students in the grade levels you’ve applied to teach are expected to know, as well as what we expect teachers of that grade/content to know or know how to do. You are encouraged to refer to the Boston Public Schools (BPS) curriculum standards and while the test is not in the same format as the MTEL, you might consider reviewing practice/sample tests to prepare and/or other teacher licensure tests in order to prepare in advance. Please note: the content assessment is only one factor of evidence of content knowledge considered.
What are the required components of the BTR application?
1. A complete BTR online application
2. Scanned, electronic copies of transcripts [official or unofficial] from all post-secondary institutions from which the applicant earned academic credit, including degree, non-degree and transfer uploaded into our online application portal.*
3. Applicants must secure two recommendations from professional or academic references submitted directly by the references through the BTR online system.
*Instructions on how to complete and submit the BTR online application, upload transcripts, send invitations to references to complete the online recommendation form and other details are available via the online application portal. Please log in for more specific details and instructions.
Are the Fall (Priority) and Winter (Regular) deadlines for application to the same program?
Yes. All admissions cycles are for admission to the 2023-24 program, which begins July 2023.
Please note: Because we are selecting a limited number of residents to serve in BPE’s Teaching Academies for 2023-24, we strongly encourage you to apply to the priority deadline.
Can I apply to BTR if I already have an initial teaching license in Massachusetts?
What is the process for applying to UMass Boston?
To earn a master’s degree in education as part of the BTR program, residents must apply to UMass Boston in addition to applying to BTR. Accepted applicants who choose to enroll to BTR must follow the instructions laid out by BTR and submit an application, an application fee, a tuition deposit and official transcripts to UMass. Enrolled residents who do not complete the UMass Boston admissions process on time will not be eligible for summer financial aid or course registration.
Are there benefits to applying early?
We encourage all applicants to apply early. Because we are selecting a limited number of residents to serve in BPE’s Teaching Academies for 2023-24, we strongly encourage you to apply to the priority deadline.
How strict are BTR’s application deadlines? Do all transcripts need to be in by the deadline?
Due to the small size of the BTR Admissions team, and the number of applications submitted and processed during each application cycle, BTR is strict about the deadlines. Applications will not be considered complete unless all transcripts are uploaded.
Whom should applicants ask for recommendations?
The recommendations should be from individuals who know you well, who can speak to your capacity to excel in a rigorous graduate program, your potential to become an effective educator, and your ability to participate in a collaborative and professional adult learning community. We ask that you use your best judgment in selecting two individuals who are appropriate references, such as professors, supervisors, and people who have observed you in academic and/or professional settings. We discourage applicants from asking family members or friends to submit recommendations.
How do I submit my transcripts to BTR?
All applicants must scan copies of their transcripts [official or unofficial] and upload them directly to our online system. Applicants who have trouble uploading their transcripts can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that official, sealed transcripts will be required from applicants who are accepted and choose to enroll to BTR.
When will I need to send paper copies of my official transcripts to BTR?
If you receive an offer of admission, you will be required to provide official copies of any transcript uploaded to your application upon enrolling to the program. Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of your official final transcript(s), confirming the award date of your degree(s). Note: Boston Teacher Residency reserves the right to rescind any offer of admission if discrepancies between unofficial and official transcript(s) are found. In addition, applicants who are accepted and enrolling to BTR must submit official transcripts to UMass Boston Graduate Admissions when applying to UMass Boston.
Are there any specific admissions requirements for international applicants who are eligible to apply to BTR?
For information on eligibility, please click here. BTR requires that applicants who completed their undergraduate education outside of the United States send us official transcripts of the applicant’s complete academic record, including courses and grades, with English translations on each page validated by an official public translator. Evidence that the applicant has completed a university-level degree program must be submitted. Acceptable evidence includes official copies of diplomas, certificates, and notifications of final examination results. International applicants (who have not completed an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree in an English speaking institution) are required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS
Does BTR accept applications from people who have applied in the past?
How does BTR assess content knowledge?
BTR believes that strong teacher candidates should come to the program with strong content knowledge in the subject/grade they would like to teach—our program does not provide preparation in content knowledge and expects residents to start the program already having demonstrated a rigorous command of the academic content. Content knowledge can be demonstrated in a variety or combination of different ways, such as pursuing a content as a major/minor/graduate course of study, having completed substantial related coursework, passing the relevant MTEL subject tests, and/or having significant other relevant experience related to the content.
In addition, after each application deadline applicants who have submitted a completed application complete virtual content assessments. The content assessments are designed to highlight applicants’ content knowledge in their selected program of interest. Assessments are based both on what students in the grade levels you’ve applied to teach are expected to know, as well as what we expect teachers of that grade/content to know or know how to do. You are encouraged to refer to the Boston Public Schools (BPS) curriculum standards and while the test is not in the same format as the MTEL, you might consider reviewing practice/sample tests to prepare and/or other teacher licensure tests in order to prepare in advance. Please note: the content assessment is only one factor of evidence of content knowledge considered.