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Residents for Innovation in Urban Schools and Student Empowerment (RISE)

RISE is an 18-month urban residency program for ten residents of color who are recent graduates and nontraditional students. RISE builds on long-standing partnerships with high-need urban school districts in the School of Education’s Professional Development School Network. Highly qualified residents are prepared for teaching careers through rigorous graduate coursework, multi-layered mentoring by faculty and practitioners of color, and a comprehensive job-embedded induction program that includes coaching and professional learning communities.

Program Coordinators: Salika Lawrence and Shamaine Bertrand, TCNJrise@tcnj.edu

By the Numbers

10

  • Residents per cohort

18

  • Month accelerated
    master's degree program

100%

  • Online courses with
    off-site tuition rates

FAQs

Who Should Pursue This Program?

This fully accredited program is ideal if you hold a bachelor’s degree earned in the US or evaluated and equivalent to a US 4-year degree and are interested in joining the teaching profession and working in an urban school district in New Jersey. You must be eligible to earn a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) with the State of New Jersey. You can seek employment under the CE during coursework for certificates and a master’s degree.

What Are The Benefits?

  • Convenience: Courses are offered online, and students can begin taking courses during any term.
  • Reputation: Courses are taught by TCNJ faculty and adjuncts, bringing quality instruction to students across the State of New Jersey.
  • Networking: Participants will be included in programming on TCNJ’s campus and through Off-Site Graduate Programs, where they will learn from renowned scholars and where they can connect with educators throughout the state and across the globe.
  • Cost: Off-site tuition is utilized, and the course schedule is designed to maximize possible district reimbursement, where applicable.

Who Are Our Partners?

Burlington City Public Schools, School of Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Arts and Communication, School of Science, and Professional Development School Network at The College of New Jersey, in partnership with Educational Testing Service, Medgar Evers College, and New Jersey Educators Association’s Center for Future Educators.

  1. Select a Certification Area: See the complete list of State of New Jersey-approved certifications and endorsements. Review subject matter preparation to confirm that you have/can fulfill the required undergraduate hours in a content area. TCNJ will assist with transcript review if you are unsure if you qualify for a specific content area.
  2. Apply for Certification: See instructions and 10-Point Checklist for the New Jersey Educator Certification (NJEdCert) Application.
  3. Seek Employment: With a Certificate of Eligibility (CE), participants are eligible to apply for employment in a New Jersey school district.
  4. Apply to TCNJ: Students may begin taking coursework through TCNJ’s Off-Site Graduate Programs (OSGP) either as a visiting, non-matriculated student (3 course maximum, no financial aid available) or by matriculating into a program of study (financial aid options available for matriculated students).
  5. Begin Coursework: Once enrolled as visiting or matriculated students, they may begin taking coursework toward certificates and a master’s degree. TCNJ offers courses online throughout the academic year and during the summer on a convenient schedule designed for working professionals.
  6. Testing Requirements: Prepare for and take Praxis II. TCNJ will provide test prep and resources.

All residency program candidates must complete a graduate application and provide the required supplemental materials to be considered for admission. All candidates must be matriculated (admitted) to participate in coursework and become eligible for financial aid. See step-by-step instructions for applying to the program (PDF).

  • Essay (personal statement, no more than two pages, expressing your professional goals and reasons for wanting to enroll as a graduate student at TCNJ)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Copy of resume
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • $75 application fee*

*Application fee waived if you have attended a RISE information session/orientation event

Upon matriculation, students must complete the following:

  • Graduate pre-entrance health requirements
  • Pay a one-time LiveText fee ($139)

This program is designed to be accelerated, allowing candidates to complete certification and a master’s degree in one year plus one semester.

Item Cost
Tuition for Year One Summer: $4,380; Fall: $3,606; Winter: $1,803; Spring: $5,409 (Total: $15,412)
Tuition for Year Two Summer: $3,606; Fall: $3,606; Graduation Application Fee: $100 (Total: $7,312)
Visiting Student Application $0
Application Fee $75**
LiveText Fee (required of all students) $139

*2023-2024 approved rates.
**The application fee is waived for those who attend an information session.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Item Cost
Tuition for Year One Summer: $3,606; Fall: $3,606; Winter: $1,803; Spring: $2,577; Application Fee: $75; Live Text Fee: $139 (Total: $11,806)
Tuition for Year Two Summer: $3,606; Fall: $3,351; Application for Graduation: $100;  (Total: $7,057)
Visiting Student Application $0
Application/Matriculation Fee $75**
LiveText Fee (required of all students) $139
Application for Graduation $100

*2023-2024 approved rates.
**The application fee is waived for those who attend an information session.

Timeline
Date Action
Winter 2024 Review program details Residency candidates should review program details as well as financial aid and funding opportunities.
January 1-March 1 Apply for Admission (Matriculation) All residency program candidates must complete a graduate application/provide the required supplemental materials to be considered for admission.  All candidates must be matriculated (admitted) to participate in coursework and become eligible for financial aid. See step-by-step instructions for applying to the program (PDF).
January 31 Online Information Session (6:30 p.m.) Geared toward candidates who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.
February 7 On-Campus Information Session (1:00 p.m.) Geared toward current TCNJ students.
March 15 Application Deadline Final deadline to matriculate for Summer 2024 courses.
March 15-April 15 Residency Interviews Residency candidates will interview with faculty (in-person and online options).
April 20 Admissions Decisions Residency program candidates will be notified of their admission status.
May 1 Confirmation of Acceptance/Participation Contract Candidates accepted to the residency program must confirm their plans to enroll in Summer 2024.  If an offer of admission is accepted, candidates must also submit a participation contract (to be provided at the time of acceptance).
May 1-19 Summer 2024 Registration Residency candidates will be registered for Summer 2024 courses.  Upon registration, candidates will receive a confirmation email outlining confirmed course dates, information to access TCNJ systems, and instructions on how to make tuition payments.
May 20   Financial Aid Deadline Residents who are 1) matriculated in the RISE program and 2) registered for at least five credits in the Summer 2024 semester are eligible to apply for financial aid.  This requires two separate applications:
  1. Apply for Summer 2024 course aid through the 2023-2024 FAFSA.
  2. Apply for Academic Year aid through the 2024-2025 FAFSA.This will include courses offered in Fall 2023 as well as Spring and Summer 2025.
Summer 2024 RISE program begins

Residents who matriculated in the RISE program and registered for at least five credits in the Summer 2024 semester are eligible to apply for financial aid.

This requires two separate applications:

Scholarships

Federal Programs

Contact

RISE Urban Residency Program
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628

Salika Lawrence and Shamaine Bertrand, Program Coordinators
TCNJrise@tcnj.edu

Information Session: Join us on Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m.