San Francisco Bay Area

Our next cohort starts July 2020 and runs through June 2021.

The San Francisco Bay Area is the founding region of our Teacher Residency. Please review the program details for this region below.

Subjects and Locations

Residents in our Bay Area program pursue a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential. You can choose from the following subject areas:

  • English
  • History / Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Spanish

During the application process, you will share preferences for both the credential you want to pursue and the locations of your placement. You will be placed in schools according to preference and the availability of a Cooperating Teacher in your related content area. Our program current places Residents in schools in the following cities:

  • Daly City
  • El Cerrito / San Pablo
  • Redwood City
  • San Jose
  • Sunnyvale

Additional locations may be available at partner schools.

Tuition and Financial Support

The Summit Learning Teacher Residency provides an affordable and supportive path to a rewarding and successful teaching career. In California, we currently offer coursework towards a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential. We are pursuing partnership opportunities that could allow you to apply your coursework towards some of the requirements of a Master’s degree upon completion of the program. Additional details will be available during the 2019-20 school year.

Tuition and certification costs for Residents enrolled in the program during the 2020-21 school year:

Living Stipend




Financial Aid

Access to needs-based scholarships

Information regarding loan options

Certification Costs

You should plan to spend approximately $750 in fees prior to the start of the program and in the first month of the program. These include fees for required credentialing exams (CSET and CBEST), fingerprinting and background checks, a TB test, and other admissions and credentialing requirements. Additional fees may be incurred if you need to take any exams multiple times.

Additional Information for Scholarships

We do not want cost to be a concern for candidates who are dedicated to and passionate about teaching. We award a limited number of needs-based scholarships towards the program tuition.

Testing Requirements

To be eligible to enroll in the Teacher Residency, candidates need to complete the following testing requirements:

  1. Meet or waive out of the Basic Skills Requirement.  Candidates can meet this requirement by:
    1. Registering for, attempting, and/or passing the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).
    2. Providing documentation of having waived out of this requirement through one of the following:
      1. SAT scores of 500 or higher in English and 550 or higher in Math
      2. ACT scores of 22 or higher in English and 23 or higher in Math
      3. AP scores of 3 or higher on AP English Language or Literature exams and AP Calculus or Statistics exams
      4. College ready or exempt on EAP exams
      5. EPT score of 151 or higher and ELM score of 50 or higher
  2. Make progress towards or meet the Subject Matter Requirement.  Candidates can demonstrate progress towards this requirement by:
    1. Passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) exam in your subject area
    2. Attempting some or all subtests of the CSET exam in your subject area
    3. Registering for the CSET exam in the next scheduling windown
    4. Providing documentation of having completed a Commission-approved subject matter preparation program in your subject area

Follow these instructions to ensure we receive a copy of your test scores:

  • Register for the test as usual
  • On the “Score Reporting Options” page, select Summit Public Schools under the “Other” category.

We strongly suggest you get started on these testing requirements as early as possible, so you are not delayed in enrolling and joining our program!

Our Team

  • Molly Posner
    Molly Posner, Director of Bay Area Region, Teacher Residency
    Molly Posner, Director of Bay Area Region, Teacher Residency

    Molly brings 10 years of experience in education to her work leading the Bay Area region of the Teacher Residency. She has led programs to train and support new educators since 2013 and collaborated on the design and launch of the Residency program at Summit in 2016. She holds a Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s in Child Development and Community Health from Tufts University. In her free time, you’ll find Molly exploring the Bay, traveling to new places, and enjoying time with family and friends.

  • Grace Jackson
    Grace Jackson, Mentor, Teacher Residency
    Grace Jackson, Mentor, Teacher Residency

    Prior to joining the Summit Learning Teacher Residency, Grace served as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher for ten years in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Grace holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida.  She enjoys watching sports, spending time with her children, and cheering them on in all of their after-school activities.

  • Emily Richey
    Emily Richey, Mentor, Teacher Residency
    Emily Richey, Mentor, Teacher Residency

    Emily joined Summit as an English teacher in 2013 — just as Summit transitioned its instructional model. In 2017, she joined the Teaching Residency as a founding mentor to inspire, educate, and support a new generation of educators. When not focusing on figuring out how to communicate strategies for personalized learning to new teachers, she enjoys baking, traveling, and learning new languages.