The Urban Teachers Investment

Urban Teachers is one of the most thorough teacher preparation programs in the nation, providing its participants a year long residency, two year Master of Science in Education degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, three years of one-on-one coaching and four years of experience working in high-need urban classrooms.

Participants that complete the four-year program graduate with the tools and skills needed to be an effective urban teacher. This is an investment that pays off for our teachers and their students. 

How We Support You

Urban Teachers provides a $20,000 stipend during the residency year and covers the cost of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education healthcare and books and materials for the master’s program. Urban Teachers also covers the cost for room and board during the first summer of the program. After that, housing is the responsibility of the participant. 

Urban Teachers and our higher education partner, the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, charge a total of $40,000 in tuition that is paid in four equal installments over two years. Individuals with prior student loans can put their loans into forbearance these two years.

Urban Teachers participants also have access to federal loan forgiveness programs if they remain teaching in a high poverty public school for five years (two additional years beyond the Urban Teachers commitment). Participants are eligible for a variety of federal loan programs as can be seen below.

Urban Teachers works with many school districts and charter management organizations that have some of the highest teacher pay in the nation, including pay for performance. This means that an effective teacher would more quickly move up the salary ladder. Starting salaries range between $42,000 and $50,000 in Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, and DC. Participants can make a great living as a teacher!

Financial AID Options

Free Online, On-demand Praxis Math Support: Participants who are preparing for this teacher licensure test will have one-stop access to instructional videos, practice tests, and sample questions all related to the content of the mathematics portion of the Praxis Core exam. The course is hosted on the Thinkific platform and available to anyone that starts and application with Urban Teachers. Once enrolled you can follow the recommended pacing or set your own practice schedule based on your needs. You will be able to access the course content on your laptop or via the Thinkific app on mobile devices.

Apply for Federal AidComplete a FAFSA Form starting January 1, 2017 for the academic year that starts in June 2017. Please indicate you will be attending the graduate/professional program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education using their code: E00475. Contact us for more information about the credits you will be taking.

Seek a private loan from a commercial bank: An option for individuals who have an existing relationship and established credit with a private financial institution. Interested individuals should apply directly to that institution. If you apply for a private education loan, use your acceptance letter for your application. 

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Gates Millennium Scholarship: Recipients of Gates Millennium Scholarships may be eligible for grants to cover the tuition costs of the Urban Teachers program. Graduate school in education is a priority of the organization. 

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: If you successfully completed an AmeriCorps term of service, you may be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. The amount available during the summer semester is quite limited due to a short enrollment period. Urban Teachers encourages anyone with AmeriCorps funding to utilize their funds in the fall and spring semesters.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants Program: Provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in public or private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families. TEACH Grant recipients must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. All participants of Urban Teachers’ program are eligible to apply.

Troops to Teachers: The Troops to Teachers program is designed to assist separating or retiring military personnel in pursuing a career in public education (elementary, secondary or vocational). It is available in a variety of states. Troops to Teachers will reimburse the costs incurred to earn a teaching credential up to a maximum of $5,000. In return for this assistance, the participant agrees to teach for three years in an economically disadvantaged school district. 

Central Scholarship Bureau: Urban Teachers partners with the Maryland-based Central Scholarship Bureau. Urban Teachers residents in the DC and Baltimore cohorts can apply for grants and no-interest loans. Their application opens in January 2017 with an April 1, 2017 deadline. 

Maryland Signing Bonus: A $1000 bonus is available for new classroom teachers who graduate with a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Teachers must remain employed as a classroom teacher and work in the same district for at least three consecutive years.

Teach Maryland Incentives: Maryland has a stipend of up to $2,000 a year for teachers who earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Teachers with Advanced Professional Certificates and work in schools designated as challenge, reconstitution-eligible, or reconstituted schools. All Maryland teachers are also eligible for an annual $1,500 tuition tax credit meant to offset graduate tuition expenses needed to maintain teaching certification.

Loan deferment, FORGIVENESS, and Repayment

Loan Deferment: Students applying for a deferment of previous loans need to prove to the holder(s) of their loan(s) that they are enrolled in school at least halftime. The Johns Hopkins University School of Education automatically submits this information to the National Clearinghouse, which all lenders subscribe to, once the Urban Teachers program begins. 

Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers: Individuals who teach full time for five consecutive, complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 in principal and interest on their FFEL and/or Direct Loan program loans.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers.  

Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Program: The purpose of the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program is to recruit and retain certified classroom teachers in fields and communities that have a shortage of teachers in Texas.

Janet L. Hoffman Loan Repayment Program: Urban Teachers participants (in Baltimore only) are eligible to apply to the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Repayment Program in their third year to access loan repayment for graduate and undergraduate school debt. 

It pays to be great.

Participants that complete our four-year program graduate with the tools and skills needed to be an effective urban teacher. This is an investment that pays off for our teachers and their students. Urban Teachers' financial package includes:

  • Year One: Participants receive a $20,000 stipend, health care, room and board for Summer Institute, and books and materials for master's coursework. Urban Teachers and our higher education partner charge $40,000 in tuition that is paid in four equal installments over the first two years of the program.
  • Years Two, Three, and Four: Participants receive a full-time teacher salary and benefits from our school partners. Urban Teachers works with many school districts and charter management organizations that have some of the highest teacher pay in the nation, including pay for performance. Participants can make a great living as an effective classroom teacher.