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 2023-Spring 2024:

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

Year 2

Summer 2024-Spring 2025:

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

Year 3-4

Summer 2025-Spring 2027

  • 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 enrolls as full-time graduate school students, while also apprentice teaching at schools in the NCFTR network. Residents attend 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 2.5 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?

The selection process is designed to allow NCFTR to get to know you and you to get to know NCFTR. While we accept applications at several deadlines throughout the year, we encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible to ensure that they receive their preferred placements. We are accepting application at the following deadlines this year:

Apply today for 2024-25 cohort

Complete our General Interest Form to connect with a team member

At each application round, candidates will receive an update no more than three weeks after the deadline about any next steps in the interview process. This process includes at least two interviews, as well as submission of any relevant documents that ensure candidates meet the admissions requirements for the Norman C. Francis Teaching Residency, as well as for Xavier University’s Division of Education and Counseling.

The Residency Year

How will I be compensated during the residency year?

Residents will receive a $25,000 stipend during the residency year to assist with living expenses and pay for Xavier’s student health insurance, if needed. In addition, the first year of graduate school expenses is covered by the program.

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?

Norman C. Francis Teacher Residents have been placed at schools within the New Orleans charter management organizations, as well as some private and parochial schools. During the residency year, a resident is a full-time graduate student with a teaching placement at a partner school. 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.

Note that specific partner schools are subject to change from year to year.

How are residents matched with schools and with mentor teachers?

After being selected into NCFTR, residents are matched with schools within the the school systems mentioned 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 or CMO for their additional three-year commitment. Participants who leave a NCFTR partner school before their four-year commitment ends may be responsible for paying back a portion of funds received in their residency year.

How much does the master’s degree cost?

Tuition and fees for Year 1 are covered by the program. Year 2 residents will receive a discounted tuition.

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?

Residents have the option to apply part of their stipend towards graduate student health insurance from Xavier University. Recognizing that residents may have other options for insurance (i.e. with their families), we leave the choice to enroll in student health insurance up to each individual resident.

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