Financial Aid and Career Opportunitites
For the duration of MAT program instruction, students admitted into the DREAM program — DREAM residents — will receive a $27,250 in financial support, contingent upon completion of the MAT program and three years of full-time teaching in Durham Public Schools. In the MAT program, residents will complete coursework that includes a focus on transformational social and emotional learning and participate in fieldwork within Durham Public Schools.
After completing the MAT program, residents will earn initial North Carolina licensure in either Elementary Education (K-6) or Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12). Upon graduation, they will begin their teaching careers in Durham Public Schools, where they will receive three years of mentorship in a unique teacher-induction program that includes workshops, trainings, and seminars on issues that face beginning teachers.
Each year, we will bring a cohort of 10 DREAM residents to the UNC School of Education to begin the four-year residency program, beginning with the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
DREAM residents will learn to be effective educators who are well versed in Transformative Social Emotional Learning (SEL) through the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program. You will graduate with certification in either elementary education (K-6) or special education (K-12 General Curriculum).
During their first three years as teachers within a DPS partner school, DREAM residents will participate in affinity groups and receive professional development to equip them with skills, dispositions, and knowledge necessary to effectively teach a racially and ethnically diverse student body.
DREAM residents will receive ongoing support as beginning teachers through mentorship, community-building activities, and affinity groups, with the goal of developing a strong foundation for their careers as educators.