Stipend and Salary
Urban Teachers residents receive a stipend or salary of at least $20,000 during the first year. In the subsequent program years, participants are employed as full-time teachers and receive salary and benefits from our school partners. Resident stipends and teacher salaries depend on the participant’s region and assigned district/charter management organization. Urban Teachers works with many school districts and charter management organizations that have some of the highest teacher pay in the nation, including pay for performance. This means that an effective teacher would more quickly move up the salary ladder. Salaries typically start around $50,000 or more in Baltimore, DC, and Dallas. Participants can make a great living as a teacher!
Housing and Costs of Living
Urban Teachers covers the cost of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education healthcare, as well as the books and materials for the two years that participants are enrolled in the master’s degree program. Urban Teachers also covers the cost for room and board during the first summer of the program (“Summer A”). After the first summer, housing is the responsibility of the participant. Teachers can take advantage of retail discounts and housing programs in their cities to support them with costs of living.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Enrollment with Urban Teachers and our higher education partner, the Johns Hopkins School of Education, costs $40,000 in tuition that is paid in four equal installments over two years. The master's degree and four years of training, coaching, and support are included in this fee. Participants can apply for financial aid through the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
Additional Financial Opportunities
Participants may have the opportunity to earn up to two Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards during Fellow Years 1 and 2 (the second and third years of the program) -- approximately $12,000 to be used for educational expenses. Participants are also eligible for a variety of federal programs, grants, and scholarship opportunities, as well as loan deferment, loan forgiveness, and repayment plans, as detailed in our Loan Support, Grants, and Scholarships resources.