All successful Urban Teachers applicants must demonstrate strong Achievement Orientation, Fit with Urban Teachers, a Growth Mindset, and Professional Skills. To be eligible, applicants requesting a Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, or DC placement must meet the following specific criteria:
Bachelor’s Degree from a Higher Education Institution Recognized by a Regional Certifying Agency
Degree must be conferred by the start of Summer Institute—on or before June 16, 2017 (or June 15, 2018 if the applicant applies for Early Decision). The degree must be recognized by one of the following certifying agencies at the time the degree was conferred: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Association of Biblical Higher Education (undergraduate level only), or Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. If you are invited to a Final Interview, you must submit an unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript to Urban Teachers (from the degree conferring undergraduate institution) by your final interview date. Those accepted into Urban Teachers will be required to submit three final official transcripts that are stamped with “degree conferred” or “degree awarded” as soon as they are available after graduation. Two official copies are needed by the Urban Teachers site team (Dallas/Fort Worth, Baltimore or DC). One official copy of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended must also be sent to the Johns Hopkins University School of Education at:
Johns Hopkins University School of Education - Office of Admissions
6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 110
Columbia, MD 21046-2100
Note: To be considered “official,” transcripts must be submitted in the institution’s sealed envelope. No electronic copies will be accepted. Current college seniors must wait to send official transcripts until the degree is officially conferred after graduation. If you have already graduated, you do not need to wait to send the official transcript to the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Minimum 3.0 GPA for Undergraduate Coursework Preferred (on a 4.0 Scale)
Urban Teachers accepts a minimum overall 3.0 GPA from the degree conferring undergraduate institution only. Urban Teachers will accept an undergraduate GPA of 2.75-2.99 for a few outstanding applicants (i.e., first generation college goer, 3.0 GPA for last two years of college, group membership with our national partners including City Year, Jumpstart and Breakthrough Collaborative, or extensive work with urban children and youth or urban communities). For DC and Dallas/Fort Worth only, Urban Teachers will accept an undergraduate GPA of 2.50-2.74 for STEM majors or STEM work experience or if you are currently a paraprofessional with one of Urban Teachers’ school partners. DC applicants with 2.50-2.74 GPA will also need to have at least ten years of experience.
Prior Teaching Licenses (or Certifications) are Permitted
Applicants with a current or prior teacher license (or certification), conditional or otherwise, MUST disclose this on the application. Applicants MUST also disclose if they participated in a teacher preparation program (either in a school of education program or through an alternative teacher preparation program) leading to licensure, whether or not they ultimately received their license. Regardless of teacher licensure status, all Urban Teachers participants will receive the same program of study and be held to the same accountability standards. You may be limited in which city you can be placed. Individuals who have full-time teaching experience and are certified will not be accepted (student teaching is accepted). Urban Teachers is a teacher preparation program for novice teachers. We are happy to talk through your options based on your individual circumstances. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Prathima Kathiresan at email@example.com.
Passing State Pre-Professional Teaching Tests
Each state Urban Teachers works with has different testing requirements. We encourage you to send in your scores or take these pre-professional tests within 30 days of signing the Letter of Intent for a particular city. Urban Teachers must have passing scores NO LATER THAN May 22, 2017. If you do not receive a passing score by May 22, 2017, you will not be able to start Summer Institute with Urban Teachers in June 2017. If you are unable to join Cohort 2017 due to failing test scores, we encourage you to not give up. You will be eligible to join our 2018 cohort if you are able to pass the state exams before May 2018 and join Urban Teachers’ Cohort 2018.
Acceptance into Urban Teachers is contingent upon passing the Praxis Core by May 22, 2017. Baltimore no longer accepts other tests in lieu of Praxis Core. Please send scores to Institution Code 5822. For more information, see our website at www.urbanteachers.org/apply to view a webinar about Baltimore’s testing requirements.
Acceptance into Urban Teachers is contingent upon passing the Praxis Core by May 22, 2017. Please send scores to Institution Code 5950. For more information, see our website at www.urbanteachers.org/apply to view a webinar about DC’s testing requirements.
*If you are planning to take the Praxis Core (for Baltimore or DC), and wish to take all three computer-delivered Core exams (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5751) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732). Register to take the tests here: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/.
ETS offers fee waivers for Praxis Core for individuals that qualify, but you need to act fast using this link: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers/.
Deadline to Complete Fee Waiver Form
Praxis Core Test Taken
August 31, 2016
September 2016 – December 2016
November 23, 2016
January 2017 – March 2017
February 16, 2017
April 2017 – May 2017
For individuals that do not qualify and still have financial need, Urban Teachers will reimburse for tests, retakes, and additional resources (if you have trouble passing the test) only for candidates who complete our selection process and sign the “Letter of Intent”. You must complete a financial need request form given to applicants after signing the “Letter of Intent” form. These supports are very limited and are offered based off need and order of requests, so act fast! We also have free online, on demand courses available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX - TExES Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT)
Acceptance into Urban Teachers is contingent upon passing the Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT). Applicants are strongly encouraged to take these tests within 30 days of signing the “Letter of Intent” from Urban Teachers. Urban Teachers applicants must take and receive passing scores NO LATER THAN May 22, 2017. Texas requires that test takers wait 45 days before re-taking the test again. Texas also limits the number of times you can take this test to five attempts. You will need to send your score reports to Anthony Hernandez (Anthony.Hernandez@urbanteachers.org) along with your TEA ID and send a copy to 8330 TX Adm Content Tests when you take the exam (so the Texas Education Agency also receives a copy). If you already have been a part of a teacher preparation program in Texas, please contact Rodney Frazier (email@example.com) for additional instructions before taking this test. Apply to take the tests here: http://cms.texes-ets.org/epp/epppact/. See our website for a recording of a webinar about the Texas testing requirements at www.urbanteachers.org/apply. Testing dates: http://bit.ly/2bB9ihm
For accepted Cohort 2017 members, Urban Teachers will reimburse candidates for state exams based on financial need. This includes PACT tests, retakes, additional resources (if you have trouble passing the test). You must complete a financial need request form given to applicants after signing the “Letter of Intent” form. These supports are very limited and are offered based off need and order of requests, so act fast! We also have free online, on demand courses available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
You must sign and submit an Urban Teachers “Letter of Intent” to be eligible for this assistance and sign up to take your state exam within 30 days.
Program Specific Eligibility Criteria
Applicants interested in joining a secondary program of study—in either Mathematics or English Language Arts (ELA)—are required to meet specific eligibility criteria for those programs. Applicants who do not meet these criteria may be assigned to the Elementary Education program of study. In DC and Baltimore, the Secondary Math and Secondary ELA programs require a brief performance task. Eligibility to join a Dallas/Fort Worth secondary program of study will be determined by PACT scores. Program placement decisions will be announced starting in May 2017.
Secondary Math Program
Applicants interested in the Secondary Math program are required to meet the general entrance criteria of the Urban Teachers program in addition to successfully completing the Secondary Math-specific performance task or PACT test in Texas. Applicants for the Secondary Math program need to possess a B (or better) in college-level Calculus in order to meet our eligibility criteria for secondary math placements. For DC or Baltimore cohort members, Urban Teachers covers the cost for the Praxis II math content exam and provides a course to help everyone pass.
Secondary English Language Arts Program
Applicants interested in the Secondary English Language Arts program are required to meet the general entrance criteria of the Urban Teachers program in addition to successfully completing the Secondary ELA-specific performance task or PACT Test in Texas. This test is only available November 26 – December 3, 2016 (must register before November 11, 2016), January 21-28, 2017 (must register before January 6, 2017), March 11-18, 2017 (must register before February 24, 2017), or May 20-22, 2017 (must register before May 5, 2017).
Experience Working or Volunteering with Children and Youth
Previous experience working with children and youth is required (such as tutoring, teaching, mentoring, coaching or working as a camp counselor). Experience working with children in low-income communities strengthens your application. Urban Teachers wants to be sure that all applicants are committed to working with and for low-income communities of color.
If you are invited to a Final Interview Day, you will need to submit two academic or professional recommendations (preferably by the time you attend a final interview). Urban Teachers will not give an applicant an offer without them. Only the electronic recommender form provided will be accepted. These recommendation forms generally take 5-10 minutes to complete. Prior to a Final Interview you will also need to upload a resume (with experience with children and leadership) and copy of a transcript (can be informal).
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States
Foreign citizens may apply to Urban Teachers only if they are currently authorized to work in the United States with a ten-year visa. Applicants who have university level coursework from a foreign institution must have their transcripts evaluated and translated in English by a recognized agency such as World Education Services or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) before being considered. Urban Teachers’ higher education partner requires the transcript evaluation come directly to them from the evaluation agency (i.e. sealed). They also require a course-by-course evaluation rather than a general degree comparison.
For applicants whose native language is not English, an official copy of your score report from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required. In order to ensure an applicant’s ability to participate successfully in Urban Teachers’ curriculum, minimum score requirements must be met for admission. The required minimum for the TOEFL test are as follows: 600 (paper based) or 100 (internet based). (If you received your undergraduate degree from a college or university in the U.S. or U.S. Territory where the coursework was taught in English, this condition may be waived.)
Ability to Receive a Cleared Criminal Background Check
Urban Teachers reserves the right to deny admission to Urban Teachers or dismiss any Urban Teachers resident who has been involved in a criminal proceeding other than a minor traffic violation, regardless of the outcome. This includes criminal matters that were handled by a juvenile court and final determinations that are sealed or otherwise expunged from the public record. If you are selected and you are concerned about getting a cleared background check, please contact email@example.com. You may be able to apply for clearance in the months leading up to the start of Summer Institute.
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: Urban Teachers admits students of any race, age, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Urban Teachers does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY: Urban Teachers is committed to providing equal access and opportunities to applicants with legally recognizable disabilities, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the application process, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state laws. Urban Teachers will work to provide reasonable accommodations for differently- abled applicants throughout the application process. Disclosing a disability or requesting accommodation has no bearing on an applicant’s status.
CONFIDENTIALITY: Urban Teachers requires all applicants to treat the entire application process as confidential. Any sharing of interview materials provided by Urban Teachers may cause the applicant to be disqualified.
Eligibility requirements are subject to change.