The Orchard Foundation partners with NSU to offer Master of Arts in Teaching with CLIP Program

Applications are being accepted for the Central Louisiana Instructional Partnership program. CLIP is a teacher residency program focusing on developing middle school Math and Science teachers in high-need schools in Central Louisiana. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 30, with the program slated to begin in summer 2019.

To qualify, applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree, must not have a teacher certification, and must meet Northwestern State University’s Master of Teaching graduate school requirements.

To apply for CLIP, interested persons should complete and submit the CLIP application; compose and submit a required essay; sign and submit an Authorization Release form; and submit a current resume.  Completed documents should be submitted by email to CLIP Field Coordinator Jennifer Cowley at, or by USPS mail to The Orchard Foundation, Attn: CLIP Field Coordinator, 1101 4th Street, Suite 101C, Alexandria, LA 71301. Incomplete applications will be withheld from consideration.

Applicants must also apply to the Northwestern State University’s College of Education graduate school. To see the complete list of graduate school requirements and to apply online, visit

The CLIP application may be submitted prior to applying to NSU’s graduate school. Complete CLIP program requirements will be reviewed during the applicant interview process.

CLIP residents will participate in accelerated graduate program

Applicants selected for the CLIP program will complete a 15-month accelerated graduate program of study culminating in a Master of Arts in teaching degree from Northwestern State University and a professional teaching certification. CLIP residents will receive a stipend to cover the expense of tuition, as well as an annual stipend of $36,000 during their residency. While completing their graduate coursework, CLIP residents will be immersed in an academic year school-based residency in a high-need school identified by the nine partner public school districts.

During their residency, CLIP residents will experience a variety of learning opportunities alongside a trained and experienced mentor teacher. NSU’s College of Education will lead the mentoring program as an extension of their supervision of the clinical residency component of the program. CLIP residents will also receive content expertise in STEM teaching techniques by NSU’s Computer Information Systems Department ensuring they will possess the content knowledge to implement STEM lessons using the latest technology in their classrooms. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be placed in CLIP-participating schools and will receive two years of induction support with sustained coaching and professional development delivered by CLIP partner Urban Learning and Leadership Center. CLIP graduates are required to teach in Central Louisiana high-need schools for at least three years following graduation as part of the CLIP agreement.

The Orchard Foundation, a nonprofit local education fund and the education arm of The Rapides Foundation, will serve as the lead organization for CLIP. Project Partners include: the nine Central Louisiana School Districts of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn; NSU’s Gallaspy College of Education & Human Development and College of Business & Technology-Computer Information Systems; Urban Learning & Leadership Center; EvalWorks; and The Rapides Foundation.

CLIP is funded through a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership grant program. CLIP has received funding to train five teacher residency cohorts. Through this cohort model, CLIP expects to recruit, retain, and support 44 new highly qualified middle school math and science teachers for high-need schools in Central Louisiana. Additionally, 44 teachers within the school districts will be trained as mentors for the field-based residency, and 44 school district educators will also learn coaching techniques to implement a regional induction program.

The goal of the Central Louisiana Instructional Partnership project is to improve student achievement in nine rural, high-need school districts in up to 70 schools in Central Louisiana by preparing highly qualified educators to teach in critical shortage areas – middle school math and science. CLIP will address the high teacher turnover and shortages facing rural schools by developing and implementing this innovative teacher residency program with integrated professional development and induction support. In turn, CLIP is expected to produce measurable positive impacts on the academic achievement of low-performing rural Central Louisiana students in grades 6-8.

For more information, contact CLIP Field Coordinator Jennifer Cowley at 318-767-3017.