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City Teaching Alliance

City Year is proud to partner with City Teaching Alliance (formerly Urban Teachers), so our alums can continue to make a difference in classrooms and the lives of students.

City Teaching Alliance offers City Year alums

Teaching residency

City Teaching Alliance residents and fellows are among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation due to the following supports and benefits available to them throughout the program:

Why City Year loves City Teaching Alliance

City Teaching Alliance is an alternative teacher certification program that works to improve teacher quality and prepare a pipeline of high-performing teachers in Baltimore, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Throughout the program, participants earn a master’s degree from American University’s School of Education and become dually certified in a content area. City Teaching Alliance offers more comprehensive coursework and personalized support than any other teacher training program.

During the first year, participants take part in a residency as they work alongside an experienced teacher in a systemically under-resourced classroom while taking graduate courses after school. In the second year, participants become fellows, moving into full-time, salaried teaching positions at one of the program’s four locations, while receiving expert coaching from clinical faculty. This guidance and support continue for the third year, when fellows develop their teaching practices to provide students with the support they need to thrive. By the fourth and final year, fellows become change agents in their schools, working to improve student outcomes and contributing fresh ideas and energy to the school community. Even so, faculty from American University’s School of Education continue to provide support and guidance to fellows upon request. City Year strengthens an applicant’s competitiveness and chances of being selected as a City Teaching Alliance resident and fellow.

You must have a Bachelor’s Degree, in any subject, to be eligible to begin the City Teaching Alliance program. Early Decisions candidates must have a conferred degree by June 2024.

To apply

Learn more about the application process and apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation

City Year AmeriCorps members and alums should highlight their City Year experience on their résumés as part of the application materials.

For more information

For more information, please connect with a recruiter near you.

To see what others are saying about the program, follow City Teaching Alliance on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin

Please note that all admissions decisions are made by City Teaching Alliance. AmeriCorps members and alums interested in the program must complete the full application process.

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