City Year Corps Members Are Pre-Approved to Join Urban Teachers! 

Chelsea R., DC Teacher, City Year Columbia Alum

Chelsea R., DC Teacher, City Year Columbia Alum

The mission of Urban Teachers is to prepare highly effective teachers who significantly accelerate student achievement and remain teaching in the nation’s highest-need schools. Urban Teachers accomplishes this by recruiting outstanding candidates, equipping them with state-of-the-art training, and linking their certification to their demonstration of effective teaching practices and skills.

Founded in 2009, Urban Teachers is on the cutting edge of urban school reform by virtue of its link between teacher effectiveness and certification eligibility. Our residents and teachers will provide the necessary proof points to make a national case for educator effectiveness and accountability.

Urban Teachers has been a career partner with City Year since 2010. We know that the skills and experience you get with City Year in cities across the country prepares you well for the rigors of learning to be a teacher at Urban Teachers. For that reason, we are now allowing current City Year Corps members the opportunity to be pre-approved to join Urban Teachers. 

With Urban Teachers you get a comprehensive four-year teacher prep program that includes a year-long residency with over 1500 hours of real classroom experience, a two-year clinical Master’s from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, AmeriCorps membership with up to two Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards ($5,815 each year) towards the $40,000 tuition (you will earn a $20,000 stipend during the first year, health care, room and board for the summer and receive all of your books and materials for your graduate degree), three years of 1:1 coaching from your JHU professors, job placement, learning as a peer group across an entire city. 

Urban Teachers requires high accountability for your teaching practice to earn certification. 

If you have earned a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA, we are pre-approving you for Urban Teachers. Here’s what you need to complete our application process:

  • Submit your transcript with two recommendations
  • Compose a brief, well-written essay as part of the pre-approved application process.  This essay is also used as part of your Johns Hopkins University School of Education (JHU) application.  
  • Complete a short application for JHU and pass Praxis Core/Pact tests soon after you receive a “letter of intent” to join Urban Teachers.

Urban Teachers provides financial aid for testing costs and provides study assistance.  We have many City Year alums who are currently in our program and now have a Facebook Urban Teachers/City Year affinity group so you can continue to network across our two organizations as you pursue your career in teaching.   

Being a teacher trained by Urban Teachers ensures you can improve student achievement!