Urban Teachers is one of the most thorough teacher preparation programs in the nation, providing its participants a year-long residency, a two-year Master's of Art in Education program, three years of one-on-one coaching, and four years of experience working in high-needs classrooms. Participants who complete the four-year program graduate with the tools and skills needed to be an effective urban teacher. This is an investment that pays off for our teachers and their students.
Urban Teachers requires participants to make a four-year commitment to the program and, when possible, to their school. In order to complete the program and receive full certification, Urban Teachers participants must meet all performance expectations and program requirements.
Our program is intense. Our teachers receive a master’s degree from Urban Teachers' partner graduate university. Urban Teachers offers 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 a graduate university 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 a graduate university and Urban Teachers, all program participants take coursework and receive their Master's degree during the first two years of the program. The majority of coursework is typically done in-person at all of our sites (historically in Baltimore, Dallas, DC and now Philadelphia too) with some hybrid and fully online courses incorporated as well. Your professors are faculty through the graduate university and are accomplished in their fields. They are experienced teachers as well as experts in their content and adult learning. Urban Teachers even has some of its most experienced alums serving in faculty and coaching roles.
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 receive an English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental certification. You will become certified in the state in which you are placed.
Every state has its own licensing requirements. Urban Teachers is considered one of the most rigorous teacher preparation programs in the country and our alums who have moved to other states have rarely had any difficulty transferring their licenses. It is also relatively simple to add additional certifications after you earn your initial certification with Urban Teachers. You would just need to take the additional state licensing tests if you wanted to add certifications in History, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, or Bilingual, etc.
*Specific grade bands differ by state.
State Certification Approvals
Urban Teachers is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington DC, and the Texas Education Administration and State Board for Educator Certification. Additional information on the approval and performance of Urban Teachers can be found on the Texas Education Association’s Consumer Information about Educator Preparation Programs webpage.