Three (3) Year Pathway

We offers three (3) years of ​comprehensive​ support during your university student teaching AND through your first two years of certified teaching.

While completing your degree and earning your teaching certification CREATE...

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Matches you with one of our trained mentor teacher from partner schools within Atlanta Public Schools

Places you in a cohort of 20+ new teachers

ADDITIONALLY, we provide a stipend and rally a community of like-minded educators to support your launch into the teaching profession. Read more below. 

Year 1: Student Teaching

In year 1, GSU teacher-candidates receive the following supports:

  • $8,000 Financial stipend
  • Mentor Teacher in an APS school (Selected and coached by CREATE)
  • University Supervisor and Coach (GSU/CREATE staff)
  • Monthly CREATE cohort professional development (for placement credit)
  • Monthly CREATE small group coaching (for placement credit)
  • GACE Test reimbursements
  • Resume & cover letter writing support
  • Career coaching sessions- applications, interviews, demonstration lessons
  • Exclusive access to the CREATE/APS hiring portal
  • 5-week new teacher training academy (summer following graduation)

Year 2: Team-Teaching

In year 2, new teachers receive the following supports:

  • $44,000* salary plus benefits 
  • Partner teacher from your current cohort
  • Weekly instructional mentoring from CREATE-trained staff
  • Bi-monthly mentoring from a School Base Mentor (Selected and coached by CREATE)
  • Monthly CREATE cohort professional development 

Year 3: Lead Teaching

In year 3, new teachers receive the following supports:

  • Commensurate salary of a lead classroom teacher plus benefits
  • Weekly instructional mentoring from CREATE-trained staff
  • Complimentary spot in a 2-week Summer Resident Academy
  • Bi-monthly mentoring from a School Base Mentor (Selected and coached by CREATE)
  • Monthly CREATE cohort professional development 

Eligibility

  • Enrolled in Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development for the upcoming school year in one of the following programs:
    • Bachelors of Science in Birth through Five
    • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education (P-5) and Special Education
    • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education (P-5) with ESOL Endorsement
    • Bachelors of Science in Middle Level Education - ELA, SS, Math, or Sci
    • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Middle Level Education - ELA, SS, Math, or Sci
    • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - K-12 ESOL
  • Entering their final year of study, with the expectation of graduation in May.
  • In good academic standing with GSU
  • Willing to commit to 3 years in residency program, working in one of CREATE's 17 partner schools within Atlanta Public Schools

Specialized Supports for New Teachers

Summer Residency Academy

Year 1 -  new teachers attend a 4-day academy where they examine the crossroads between community activism and social justice teaching.

Year 2 -  new teachers attend a 5-week academy where they work alongside experienced educators from partner schools in APS to practice and enhance best practices for team-teaching.

Year 3 - new teachers attend a 2-week academy where they complete an in-depth investigation into social, emotional, and ethical learning, reflect on their instructional practices from their Year 2 teaching experience while enhancing on these skills to ensure effectiveness within their upcoming school year.

Instructional Mentoring across Year 2 and Year 3

Across Years 2 and 3, new teachers receive intense, thoughtful and nurturing one-on-one instructional mentoring from CREATE staff that centers around building, strengthening and honing a series of core competencies including, but not limited to:

  • Establishing and maintaining a culture of safety, respect and rapport for all students that validates and sustains each child’s home culture.
  • Planning standards-based instruction and formative assessments for transfer and independence
  • Uses a variety of instructional strategies to meet different student needs, develop student competencies, and achieve instructional purpose