CREATE Teacher Residency Program

CREATE Teacher Residency Program

The CREATE Teacher Residency Program at Georgia State University (GSU) seeks to attract talented, diverse, and committed prospective teachers interested in working in K-8 schools of historically underserved communities within and around the Maynard Jackson cluster of Atlanta Public Schools. The CREATE Teacher Residency Program is a three-year program designed to offer new teachers a comprehensive support system aimed at increasing teacher effectiveness.

Candidates eligible for CREATE’s 3-year residency program (entering August 2018) must be:

  • Enrolled in Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development for the 2018-19 school year in one of the following programs
    • Bachelors of Science in Education (P-5) with ESOL Endorsement
    • Bachelors of Science in Education (P-5) and Special Education, General Education Curriculum (P-12) Dual Certification
    • Bachelors of Science in Education – Middle Level Education
    • Master of Arts in Teaching – Middle Level Education
  • Entering their final year of study during 2018-19 school year, with the expectation of graduation in May 2019 -- we cannot accept those scheduled for graduation in December, 2018.
  • In good academic standing with the university
  • Willing to commit to 3 years in residency program, working in Atlanta Public Schools’ public charter and traditional neighborhood schools

As a Year 1 resident in CREATE, you will:

Position and Compensation

  • earn a $5000 stipend while completing your practicum work
  • work alongside a highly qualified, carefully selected, trained practicum teacher
  • complete practicum at one of CREATE’s partner schools (charter or traditional neighborhood) within Atlanta Public Schools (see list of schools below)*
    * ECEE SpEd dual certification teacher-candidates may be placed outside CREATE to fulfill their required placement days in a high school.

Career supports and mentoring

  • be mentored one-on-one and as part of a small group of practicum students at your same school
  • have the option of attending “Support Saturdays”, designed to make space for work on edTPA and provide assistance with preparation of resumes and cover letters and interview skills

Professional Learning

  • engage extensive hands-on preparation -- with real students -- for teaching in urban schools in historically underserved neighborhoods for 5 weeks (paid) in summer 2019
  • participate in an ongoing professional learning community with a cohort of teacher-candidates at your level, through monthly meetings that qualify for practicum credit hours
  • learn practices shown to reduce stress, improve interpersonal relationship skills, and cultivate compassion for yourself and others
  • learn techniques for identifying, interrupting, and addressing inequitable practices affecting students and schools

Our fourth cohort will begin in July 2018. Space is limited, so APPLY NOW!

Apply for CREATE 

The application for the CREATE Teacher Residency Program is comprised of four steps:

  1. Complete an interest survey
  2. Sign up and attend an “Experience CREATE” school
  3. Submit a statement of purpose
  4. Submit a final letter of commitment

IMPORTANT: Applicants must complete each step before moving on to the next.

The table below includes a quick overview of our application process and important deadlines.

CREATE Teacher Residency Program 2018-19 Application Deadlines
Description Early Action* General Action
Step 1 Complete an interest survey March 16, 2018 May 4, 2018
Step 2 Sign up to attend an "Experience CREATE" school visit March 20, 2018 May 8, 2018
Step 3 Complete a Statement of Purpose April 9, 2018 May 18, 2018
Admission Notification April 20, 2018 May 25, 2018
Step 4 Submit final commitment letter April 27, 2018 May 29, 2018

*Early Action: There will be two rounds of admissions to the program. Approximately half of the 20 positions will be filled by applicants who completed their application by the Early Action deadline. Applicants not selected during the Early Action round of admission will be placed into the applicant pool for General Action. (To say it another way, applicants who choose to complete the Early Action application have increased odds of admission.)

Start your application for CREATE today.

The overarching goals of the CREATE Teacher Residency Program are to raise student achievement by increasing teacher effectiveness and retention and improving school climate within local public charter and traditional neighborhood schools educating historically underserved K-8 students.

We work with individual educators, groups of teachers, whole schools, administrative teams, and cross-organizationally in an effort to address the systems at play that have developed the need for a residency program in the first place.

Check out our website ( to learn more about how we work with experienced educators, school leaders, Atlanta Public School, Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development, and many of our other partners.

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter Elementary (K-5)
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter Middle (6-8)
Barack and Michelle Obama Academy (K-5)
Benteen Elementary (K-5)
Burgess Peterson Academy (K-5)
Drew Charter Elementary (K-5)
Drew Charter Middle School (6-8)
Fred A Toomer Elementary (K-5)
Kindezi — Old Fourth Ward (K-8)
MLK, Jr Middle (6-8)
Thomasville Heights Elementary (K-5)
Wesley International Academy (K-8)

Elizabeth Hearn, Director of The CREATE Teacher Residency Program, or Dr. Stephanie Cross at