AppleTree Early Learning Teacher Residency

Become an AppleTree Early Learning Teacher Resident in the 2021-2022 School Year!

AppleTree’s mission is to close the achievement gap before children enter kindergarten. As this is our commitment to our students, we recognize that we must also provide and train high-quality teachers to support our mission. Our Residency gives new teachers the training and skills necessary to provide high-quality instruction for preschool and pre-K students in an urban setting.


The AppleTree Early Learning Teacher Residency is an innovative approach designed to prepare you for a career in teaching through hands-on experiences in the classroom. During the first year of the program, you will work closely with a teacher as a classroom apprentice and join in focused practice with a cohort of Residents across our network. During the second year, you’ll have the opportunity to interview and transition to become a Lead Teacher.

Residents receive the necessary training, education, and knowledge in order to be successful during their Residency year and the following years as a Lead Teacher. The Resident is part of a three-person instructional team, under the leadership of a Lead Teacher. The Resident supports the Lead Teacher in all facets of instructional planning and implementation and takes on more responsibilities as the year progresses. Through a partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education, Residents take weekly classes that can lead to a Master of Arts in Teaching after two years.

What Makes Us Different?

  • Full salary and benefits
  • We focus exclusively on early childhood education (preschool and pre-Kindergarten)
  • Our schools benefit from AppleTree Institute’s research and development team that developed our award-winning instructional model and supports teachers in targeting instruction to meet students’ needs
  • Three-teacher classroom with a gradual release model where the Resident takes on more responsibilities as the year progresses
  • Weekly professional development, including peer coaching and support from an instructional leader in addition to the Lead Teacher
  • Opportunity to be a Lead Teacher after one year (after successful completion of the Fellowship year and passing of the Praxis Exams)
  • Opportunity to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Relay Graduate School of Education


  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Strong verbal and mathematical abilities
  • Determination to succeed, creativity, initiative, passion for social justice, and a strong desire to improve the educational outcomes of young children
  • Experience working with young children is preferred

Contact Us!

If you would like to find out more information, you can email our team here or check our Teacher Residency Frequently Asked Questions