What you can expect from NCFTR.

A four-year investment in your growth.

The Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency is a four-year commitment to your growth and development as an educator.


Year 1

Summer 2018-Spring 2019:

  • Master’s Degree classes from XULA
  • Apprentice teaching
  • Coaching and professional development

Year 2

Summer 2019-Spring 2020:

  • Full-time teacher of record
  • Graduate school studies
  • Completion of Master’s Degree from XULA
  • Coaching and professional development

Year 3-4

Summer 2020-Spring 2022:

  • Full-time teacher of record
  • Networking with NCFTR cohort
  • Coaching and professional development

Residency Year 1

The Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency merges the best of Xavier University of Louisiana’s teacher preparations practices with the work of five of New Orleans’ leading charter school networks.  During the residency year, a cohort of 30 residents enroll as full-time graduate school students, while also apprentice teaching at schools in the NCFTR network. Residents attend 15 hours of graduate school classes as they work alongside a mentor teacher in a classroom throughout the week.  They build confidence through practice and reflection, and over the course of the year, they gradually take on greater responsibility in the classroom.

Employment in Years 2-4

After year 1, the NCFTR team works with teachers and schools to ensure that the transition into year 2 is smooth. Residents who successfully complete the residency year move into classrooms of their own as full-time teachers of record. While working to complete their remaining Master’s Degree coursework, they apply the skills and knowledge they have built in order to take on the responsibilities of lead teaching. They continue to access the network of support that they have built with their residency year cohort.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to have an education degree?

No. Any graduate of an accredited college or university with a Bachelors degree and 2.7 GPA may apply for the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency and is eligible for admissions to Xavier University of Louisiana’s graduate program.

How does the selection process work?

This process is designed to allow NCFTR to get to know you, and you to get to know NCFTR. We have three application deadlines: January 30th, March 15th, and April 1st. After completing the online application, selected applicants will be invited to continue in the interview process, as outlined below.

Possible Phone Interview: Some candidates may be invited to participate in a 30-minute phone interview with a NCFTR staff member. Mar 20 Apr 3
Interview Day: Candidates who move forward in the process are invited to a Final Interview. These are located in New Orleans and include an individual interview. More information is shared with those invited to a Final Interview. Mar 22, 23, 27, 28, or 29 Apr 5, 6, or 7
Notification: Candidates are notified of their acceptance status.* Apr 5 Apr 12
Matching Day: Accepted Residents visit prospective schools and meet with principals. Residents and principals rank their preferences. Mid April Mid April

* Upon acceptance, residents will also complete a series of additional final steps, including completing the enrollment process as a graduate student at Xavier University and completing testing requirements (e.g. Praxis II).

The Residency Year

Is there a stipend offered during year 1 of the residency?

Yes! Residents in the inaugural cohort will receive a $25,000 stipend during the residency year to provide a living stipend, help offset tuition, and pay for Xavier’s student health insurance if needed.

How competitive is the selection process?

The selection process is competitive, and we are looking for exceptional people who have the drive and potential to be highly effective teachers in public schools across New Orleans. There are multiple stages between submitting an application and matching with a school.

When do I become a full-time teacher?

Residents who successfully complete the residency year and Xavier University coursework will be eligible to become a full-time teacher of record in their second year, and they will earn a first-year teacher salary within their school’s salary scale.

Which charter school networks participate in NCFTR?

The Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency Program includes five New Orleans charter management organizations: Choice Foundation Schools, FirstLine Schools, InspireNOLA, KIPP New Orleans, and New Orleans College Prep. A resident is a full-time graduate student during the residency year. Schools provide residents with on-going support and coaching from mentor teachers, while Xavier University provides a pathway to a Master’s Degree coursework and teacher certification.

How are residents matched with schools and with mentor teachers?

After being selected into NCFTR, residents are matched with schools from within the five charter networks above. This matching process is similar to the medical school matching process, and it takes into account a resident’s certification area, a school’s needs, and resident and school preferences. Once residents are matched with schools, they are paired with mentor teachers. Typically residents are clustered with a small number of other residents at a school. Mentors are chosen by charter school networks and NCFTR through a selection process that considers their coaching and teaching abilities.

How long is a resident’s commitment to teaching with NCFTR?

Residents commit to teach for three consecutive years immediately following the residency year. After Year 1, Residents are highly-likely to remain in the same school for their additional three-year commitment.* Participants who leave before their four-year commitment ends may be responsible for paying back a portion of funds received in their residency year.* In some instances this might not be possible. For instance, there may be exceptional cases in which a secondary science teacher completes her residency at a school and in Year 2 that school has no secondary science positions available. In that instance, she would with the help of NCFTR seek employment at one of the other charter networks within NCFTR.

How much does the master’s degree cost?

We anticipate tuition, books, and fees to be approximately $6,300 for Year 1 (first Summer, Fall, Spring, and second Summer semesters), and $3,800 for Year 2 (Fall and Spring semesters). These are current 2016-17 tuition rates for Xavier University of Louisiana graduate school students, and they may be subject to change in future years.

Is financial aid available?

Residents are encouraged to explore applying for Financial Aid. In addition, residents are strongly encouraged to apply to the federal TEACH Grant. More information can be found here about the TEACH Grant, a federal grant that can provide up to $4,000 per year to teachers who commit to teaching four years in a school serving low-income students.

Does NCFTR provide health insurance?

No, NCFTR does not provide health insurance. Residents may pay to enroll in graduate student health insurance from Xavier University using their stipend. Some residents may also find it more affordable to stay on a family health insurance plan.