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.
The Urban Teachers 4-Year Model
How We Are Different from Other Teacher Preparation Programs
All of our teachers are prepared through a 14-month residency and clinically-based master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education that gives them the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the most challenging urban school environments with high-needs communities. They also receive three years of one-on-one coaching to ensure they are developing into effective educators. Before becoming eligible for program completion and full certification, all participants are evaluated for effective teaching practice and the ability to improve student learning. Our teachers are among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation, assuming leadership roles and making the case for better teacher preparation and educator accountability.
In partnership with the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, all Urban Teachers program participants take coursework and receive their Master's of Science in Education during the first two years of the program. The majority of coursework is done in-person at all of our sites (including Baltimore, Dallas and DC!) with some hybrid and fully online courses incorporated as well. Your professors are faculty through the Johns Hopkins School of Education and are experts in their fields.
Receive Your Teaching Certification
Participants who successfully complete their third year of the program by meeting all of Urban Teachers’ expectations are eligible for full state licensure/certification in either Elementary Education*, Secondary English Language Arts or Secondary Math, as well as additional certification in Special Education for each program of study. Dallas participants will also get an English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental certification. You will become certified in the state in which you are placed.
*Specific grade bands differ by state.