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Career Partnership with Center for Inspired Teaching
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City Year is proud to partner with Center for Inspired Teaching so our alumni can continue to lead on transformational change on pressing social problems. This partnership reflects the shared visions and values of both organizations, and their belief that young people can keep students on track to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. City Year strengthens an applicant’s competitiveness and chances for being selected for the Inspired Teacher Certification Program.  



Through a residency model, Inspired Teaching Fellows are prepared for successful and sustainable careers as teachers and changemakers in Washington, DC while earning a DC teaching license and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

The Inspired Teacher Certification Program is rooted in the belief that teachers, as Instigators of Thoughttm, can be changemakers in their classrooms, schools, and society as a whole. Becoming a part of Inspired Teaching means joining a movement to change the way children are educated. Inspired Teaching believes that teachers will ultimately change schools in our country to ensure that all children reach their full potential.

Through a year-long residency, Fellows learn the skills and dispositions of an Inspired Teacher under the guidance of a lead teacher, arming them with the knowledge and experience necessary for a smooth transition into their teaching career. In their second year, as teachers of record in District of Columbia public schools, Fellows continue to receive intensive classroom mentoring. Fellows pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching at Trinity Washington University during both years of the program.

The City Year experience is a strong indicator of future success at the Inspired Teacher Certification Program and serving a year with City Year strengthens an applicant’s application and chances for being selected as an Inspire Teaching Fellow. Click Here to learn more about the Inspired Teacher Certification Program.


Benefits offered by the Inspired Teacher Certification Program

  • Receive a DC teaching license in early childhood (preK-3rd), or elementary (1st-6th) education, with the option of a dual certification in elementary and inclusive education.
  • Experience a residency year that seamlessly connects theory and practice by training in classrooms of lead teachers and learning best practices while immersed in the realities of daily teaching responsibilities.
  • Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity Washington University through a customized program of graduate coursework. Fellows on the elementary education track may opt into the Inclusive Elementary program at the end of the residency year, which results in dual certification.
  • Benefit from intensive classroom mentoring, which provides constructive feedback, instructional coaching, and personal support.
  • Learn to be an Instigator of Thought, teaching students how to think, not what to think. Through Inspired Teaching's instructional model, students benefit from an education that is inquiry-based and student-centered.
  • Serve as a full-time AmeriCorps member, joining a national network of individuals committed to public service, and access benefits including a financial education award, childcare benefits and student loan deferment.
  • Join a network of educational changemakers, and influence the education landscape both inside and outside of the classroom. Work to transform education as a means to achieve social justice by hosting classroom visits, writing for blogs, and presenting at local and national conferences.


To Apply

  • Click here to access the Inspired Teacher Certification Program admissions website/hiring opportunities and apply online.
  • Start Dates for the Inspired Teacher Certification Program can be found here. Please compare start date to your corps graduation date to limit conflicts.
  • City Year corps members and alumni should highlight their City Year experience on their resume as well as on the online application. City Year members should check off that they have completed (or are enrolled in) an AmeriCorps program, and list the year and city they served with City Year.


To Contact the Admissions Office


Please note that all admissions decisions are made by the Center for Inspired Teaching. Corps members and alumni interested in the program must complete the full application process.