Program Overview

Teach for a Just Future

Structural racism and inequality have kept generations of urban children from receiving the education they deserve. At Urban Teachers, we believe that qualified, highly effective teachers who stay in the classroom can empower students through learning. Our teachers develop the skills, hands-on experience and knowledge to ensure every child receives an equitable education.

The next deadline is January 28, 2019.

Change starts here


Our program is intense. Our teachers receive a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Education, one of the top 10 graduate schools of education in the country,* and become dually certified to teach in either elementary education, secondary English or secondary math, and special education. We offer more comprehensive coursework and personalized support than any other teacher training program. In the first year, our participants take part in a residency as they work alongside an experienced teacher in an urban classroom while taking graduate courses after school. In the second year, our participants become fellows, moving into full-time, salaried teaching positions, while receiving expert coaching from our clinical faculty. That guidance and support continues for a third year, during which time, our fellows develop their teaching practices to provide students with the support they need to thrive.

*U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad Schools: Education 2018

Do you have what it takes? Are you
  • Ready to commit to a career in teaching?
  • Eager to work with students in underserved communities?
  • A strong student? (3.0 GPA and above preferred)
  • Resilient in challenging situations?
  • A team player who welcomes feedback?
  • A professional with strong organizational skills?
  • Constantly seeking ways to learn and grow?

Year One

Like any other life-changing profession, we believe teachers require intensive training to excel. And that’s why our first year is structured as a residency with extensive one-on-one coaching. You’ll work alongside a seasoned classroom teacher during the day, receive coaching support from our highly-trained clinical faculty, then take practice-based masters level courses after school.

Year Two

Welcome to your own classroom. You’ll become a teacher of record in the same school* where you worked last year and start earning a salary. A Johns Hopkins School of Education faculty member will be your coach, helping you through classroom challenges.

Year Three

You’ve finished your coursework, but the coaching continues. As you return to the classroom, your coach helps you constantly improve your teaching practice. You’ll receive your certification this year in your area of study and Special Education. Participants based in Dallas / Fort Worth also receive certification in English as a Second Language.

Year Four

You’ve got this. By now, you’re becoming a change agent in your school, working to improve student outcomes and contributing fresh ideas and energy to the school community. But we’re still here for you. Johns Hopkins faculty continue to provide support and guidance upon request.

The Urban Teachers program is highly selective. The children we serve deserve excellent teachers and it is our commitment to provide them. Each teacher must meet the following benchmarks to continue in the program.



Prospective teachers must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (2.50 or higher for exceptional candidates)
  • Exhibit our core competencies: achievement orientation, fit with Urban Teachers, growth mindset, and professional skills
  • Commit to the full four-year program in one of our cities

First Year

To continue, residents must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Meet specified teaching practice performance expectations
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset and professionalism

Second Year

To continue, fellows must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Meet increasing teaching practice performance expectations
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset and professionalism

Third Year

Fellows must achieve the following to be endorsed for their full teaching certification at the end of this year:

  • Meet increasing teaching practice performance expectations
  • Demonstrate a growth mindset and professionalism

Fourth Year

In the fourth year, fellows fulfill their commitment year to the schools in which they are working, growing their teaching practices and building relationships with their student, parent and school communities.