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Career Partnership with Urban Teachers


City Year is proud to partner with Urban Teachers (formerly Urban Teacher Center) so our alumni can continue to make a difference in classrooms and in the lives of students. 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 Urban Teachers. In fact, City Year AmeriCorps members have a shortened selection process.


HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Urban Teachers pre-approves City Year members for Urban Teachers with a completed application. Learn more here.  Urban Teachers is also paying $200 towards travel costs to attend one of our Job Shadow Days.  Urban Teachers provides a free online, on-demand course for Praxis Core Math (required for DC and Baltimore) HERE and PACT EC-6 Math and PACT 7-12 Math (required for Dallas/Fort Worth) HERE.  


The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award(s) can be used towards the tuition of Urban Teachers’ Master’s program. Urban Teachers was also recently named an AmeriCorps Education Affiliate so you can earn additional Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards with Urban Teachers (for a total of two in a lifetime). 


Urban Teachers strongly encourages City Year Corps members to apply to our alternative teacher preparation program in Dallas/Fort Worth, Baltimore and DC. With Urban Teachers, you get a year long residency while you earn a clinical master's from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, three years of 1:1 on coaching and job placement at high poverty schools that need effective teachers.


Urban Teachers
, an AmeriCorps Affiliate program, is transforming the way people are prepared for a career in teaching. Through hands-on training, coaching and peer supports, we give teachers the skills they need to improve outcomes for students in high-need communities. By doing so, our teachers are changing the lives of the students, families and communities they serve, as well their own.

Urban Teachers is now taking applications for our Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Dallas/Fort Worth Corps for the 2016-17 school year, with placement in mid- to late June 2017. Our recruitment process is selective. While there is no restriction on undergraduate or graduate major, Urban Teachers prefers applicants who have exhibited academic excellence by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher, who gravitate to big challenges and have experience working with children. Urban Teachers participants are part of an unprecedented commitment to student performance: only those who demonstrate effective teaching practice, student learning gains and growth mindset/professionalism are recommended for certification (general and special education) and complete the full four-year program.

Urban Teachers participants are among the most expert and result-oriented in the nation because:

  • We provide the best teacher preparation available. During the first year of the four-year program, before you start teaching on your own, you’ll spend 1,500 hours working with students in urban classrooms. 
  • During this time you also begin graduate coursework for a Master of Science in Education degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education—ranked #2 in the country. All coursework is clinically based, allowing for immediate practice of learned skills in the classroom and equipping you with a toolbox of proven strategies for working with all students. 
  • Our four (4) years of mentoring and support tailored to your needs—from coaches and peers—is available longer than any other preparation program. This includes three (3) full years of one-on-one coaching to ensure you grow into an effective teacher. And, because Urban Teachers prepares you for the job from day one, you'll be able to quickly grow into a teacher leader, providing support and guidance to your colleagues in your school and city.

During the first year, participants receive a stipend from Urban Teachers. Starting your second year, you are the teacher of record and participants begin to receive full teacher’s pay. (Teacher salaries in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Dallas/Fort Worth are some of the highest in the nation. Both cities allow an effective teacher to earn six figures.) Plus, as an AmeriCorps Affiliate program, incoming Residents may be eligible for up to two (2) Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards that can be used towards the costs of tuition for the master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Education or to pay down prior student loans. This benefit is worth approximately $5,700 per year for a total of $11,000 over the first two years of the program. (Please note: each year the exact amount is set Oct. 1 for the following year).

As part of an Urban Teachers cohort in every school, you’re never alone. Being with other Urban Teachers participants provides an immediate network—in your school and in the thriving—Baltimore, Washington D.C., or Dallas/Fort Worth schools. Urban Teachers educators are trusted by and form partnerships with their colleagues across schools. Teachers are respected community and civic leaders. Whether you’re doing home visits or running into your students’ families at the market, you’ll be having an impact on improving the neighborhood and community you’re living in.


Urban Teachers is an Employer of National Service. Our final application deadline for 2017 is May 1st. For more information or to start an application, visit us on the web at See what others are saying about Urban Teachers at @Urban_Teachers and follow us on Facebook


Benefits offered by Urban Teachers

Financial Benefits
  • Year 1 Residents receive a $20,000 stipend in the first year, health benefits, books and materials and room and board for the first summer, as well as three years of extensive one-on-one coaching

  • Year 2 Fellows receive full-time compensation of the partnering district or charter management organization. DC, Baltimore and Dallas have some of the highest starting teacher pay in the nation and both cities pay effective teachers six figures.  
Education Benefits
  • Receive a Master's in Education with a concentration in Elementary and Special Education, a Master's in Education with a concentration in Secondary Math and Special Education, or a Masters in Education with concentration in Secondary Literacy and Special Education in partnership with Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Career Benefits
  • Distinguish yourself as an effective and highly skilled teacher.  Only those that can show they can improve student achievement may stay in the program.
  • UTC assists program participants with job placement.  After the residency year, participants must teach a minimum of three additional years.
  • During the fourth year, UTC trains participants how to be a host teacher and provides many teacher leadership opportunities during the four year program and after, as Alums.
  • UTC works with charter and traditional public schools across entire cities.  This network is great for your career in urban education. 

Passing the Praxis Core test is a requirement to become a teacher in two of our three sites—Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. Everyone can pass these teacher entrance exams with the right support and preparation, and that's why Urban Teachers is offering this assistance to anyone interested in becoming a teacher and needing to take the Praxis Core.

Access your free online, on-demand PraxisCore Math support now.

To Apply

  • Click here to access the Urban Teachers’ application website and apply online.

  • Urban Teachers is accepting applications for the 2017 cohort. Application deadlines are Feb. 13, March 27 and May 1. Also....there are monthly opportunity to interview virtually.

  • To identify your affiliation with City Year, corps members and alumni should highlight their City Year experience on their resume and as part of application. If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Swarr, Chief Growth Officer at

  • The Urban Teachers program is expected to begin on or around  mid-to-late June 2017 in Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C. and Dallas.  

To Contact Urban Teachers

News & Events

  • Join us for an upcoming live Webinar or presentation at City Year sites around the country.  View upcoming sessions at "Events” at
  • Click here for a webinar Q&A with City Year Alums thriving as teachers at Urban Teachers

Alumni Spotlight                                                              

"Through City Year, I was able to develop my ability to build meaningful relationships with youth and to instill in them a sense for social justice that I’ve taken with me as a classroom teacher.”   

-Trina Tran (City Year DC '11)

To read Trina's full story click  here

"I truly feel like City Year laid a firm foundation for my teaching career.”

- Chelsea Rivas (City Year Columbia '12, '13)

 To read Chelsea's full story click  here




Please note that all admissions decisions are made by Urban Teachers. Corps members and alumni interested in the residency program must complete the full application process.