Syracuse Urban Teacher Residents Program

The M.S. Inclusive Special Education (Grades 7-12) program is seeking highly qualified applicants for its SUITR program, beginning May 2018:

SUITRs (Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teaching Residents) receive:

It’s a great time to teach in urban inclusive education:

  • 96% of SUITRs found employment within a year of graduation
  • 48% of SUITRs chose to teach in the Syracuse City School District after graduation
  • Get your foot in the door - SUITR graduates are guaranteed first round interviews with the SCSD
  • Continue the trend - The graduation rate at our SCSD partner high school has increased nearly 20% in the last 4 years
  • Invest in the future - Upstate Revitalization Awards have guaranteed Say Yes to Education Scholarships for all eligible SCSD graduates!

Are you a SUITR?



The Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teacher Residency (SUITR) is a partnership between the School of Education at Syracuse University and the Syracuse City School District for select students in the Inclusive Special Education Grades 7-12 Generalist Master’s Degree Program. The SUITR program prepares and supports highly qualified and motivated teachers in high needs urban secondary schools, partnering with Lincoln Middle School and William Nottingham High School. Through 8 ½ months of full-time urban teacher residency, special education teacher candidates will link classroom theory to their daily practice, augmented by the real-time mentoring of a team of school special educators and content teachers. This program:

  1. Effectively prepares teachers for the critical teacher shortage area of secondary special education (grades 7-12), with a specific focus on urban inclusive schooling, for successful careers as effective special educators in high needs schools.
  2. Works to improve the quality of teaching and increase the retention of teachers in high needs schools, particularly of SUITR program graduates and other teachers employed in the SUITR partnership schools.

Core Program Components

  • Residency Placement – full-day, full-semester placements in high needs schools in the Syracuse District (one at Nottingham and one at Lincoln)
  • Context-specific coursework
  • Continuous feedback from both SCSD mentor team and School of Education faculty
  • Intensive Summer Institute with SCSD mentors and a Syracuse University leadership team

This program is funded by the Syracuse City School District. Stipend recipients must agree to a two-year minimum teaching commitment in the Syracuse City School District upon completion of the program.