The Urban Teachers Experience

When you join Urban Teachers, you make a four-year commitment to learn and work in urban schools. In return, we commit to giving you the best teacher training experience you can get.


Where You’ll Teach

We will place you with a group of peers in one of our partner schools in Baltimore, DC, or Dallas/Fort Worth. 

We provide campus housing for our six-week Summer Institute. You’ll be responsible for finding your own housing after that. Many Urban Teachers residents choose to live together, and we facilitate those connections. 


Year one: The Residency Year

You’ll spend 14 months training under experienced classroom teachers and our expert faculty. That includes two summer sessions and a full academic year in a school.

Urban Teachers residents complete over 1500 clinical hours working in urban classrooms.

A typical day

Mornings in the classroom: You’ll work alongside a host teacher almost every school day—supporting and, eventually, co-leading instruction.

Graduate classes in the afternoon: Urban Teachers and Johns Hopkins University School of Education graduate-level courses will immerse you in the theory behind great teaching and provide you with practical tools to put to use in the classroom.


Years Two, Three, and Four


After the residency year, you’ll take responsibility for a classroom of your own. We’ll continue to support you with a lighter load of courses (through Year 2) and one-on-one coaching (Years 2 & 3), until you become eligible for certification at the end of Year 3. 

Year 4 completes your commitment with Urban Teachers. Many Urban Teachers graduates assume leadership roles in their schools, such as grade level team leaders, department chairs, or instructional coaches. 


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. Learn more about financial aid options.
  • 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.

AmeriCorps National Service Network

Urban Teachers is proud to be part of the AmeriCorps national service network! One of our key core values is "we serve children." Together, we can make a huge difference by serving high-need communities through education. Plus, as an AmeriCorps Affiliate program, our incoming members may also be eligible for up to two Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards that can be used towards the cost of tuition for the master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Education or to pay down prior student loans. This is a benefit worth approximately $5,700 per year for a total of about $11,000 over the first two years of our program. (Note: each year the exact amount is set on October 1 for the following year.)

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. For more information, visit

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. 


Meet Our Teachers!

Aasiya Townsell, Cohort 2013
"I recommend Urban Teachers to anyone who wants to make a difference in the classroom...and who wants to be a teacher to remember." Read more.

Sidnee Mercer, Cohort 2014
"Teaching my students is the most rewarding feeling I have ever had. If you love working with students and helping them grow, then come aboard. The world needs you! Read more.

Sarah Mohtes-Chan, Cohort 2012
"Now in my fourth year, I feel that Urban Teachers offered a supportive network that prepared me for the challenges of teaching." Read more.

Samantha Bertocchi, Cohort 2014
"I wanted an organization that recognized teaching as a profession that can be lifelong, not just for a year or two." Read more.