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City Teaching Alliance

City Teaching Alliance prepares and supports new teachers to serve in historically underserved and excluded urban classrooms. We offer comprehensive, integrated teacher development, and we’re the only program in the country that provides an initial year of paid experience in a real classroom, a master's degree with a focus on culturally responsive teaching, two teaching certificates (dual certification including special education), and three years of one-on-one coaching and classroom-based support.

  • Government/Nonprofit organization
  • Dallas, TX
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Urban Teachers asks for a long-term commitment to our cities and schools, which is important because getting to great is a journey—it doesn’t happen overnight. Our teachers show their commitment through master's degree coursework and 3 years of coaching, and preparing to support diverse learners.

Anthony Hernandez, Urban Teachers, Dallas Executive Director

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Master’s & certification

Residency Program

  • In-person

    Program Format

  • Pre-Test Required


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Program Info

The City Teaching Alliance program model was strategically designed with the next generation of successful career educators and difference-makers in mind!

  • Earn While You Learn: Paid residency, followed by a guaranteed full-time teaching position, benefits and health insurance
  • Accessibility: We offer financial aid, AmeriCorps, scholarships, grants and loan forgiveness programs, as well as free personalized financial advising
  • Career-Readiness: Earn a master's degree from American University with a focus on culturally responsive teaching and two teaching certificates (dual certification including Special Education) 
  • Comprehensive Support: Work alongside coaches, faculty, host teachers and local site staff committed to helping you become a best-in-class teacher
  • Signing Bonus: Urban Teachers provides a $1,000 signing bonus + $2,000 towards relocation expenses
  • Other Resources: Support with affordable housing, budgeting and free climbing and yoga classes for teachers (more info below

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadlines

    Program Start

  • Jan. 27, 2024

  • Feb. 24, 2024

  • Mar. 23, 2024

  • Apr. 13, 2024

  • May 04, 2024


Application Fee & Annual Tuition

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and apply for a$1000 Scholarship

  • $40,000

    In State Tuition

  • $40,000

    Out of State Tuition

Ways to Lower Your Costs

Students at City Teaching Alliance have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with City Teaching Alliance to see if you can, too!




All residents are eligible for a minimum $28,000 stipend for the 2023 season (stipend may update for future seasons).


Summer Room & Board

Room and board is covered for the summer institute



Healthcare is covered for the first year via American University. In the second year, participants will be eligible for benefits via the school they work in


Books & Materials

Books and materials for the Master’s program are covered for the two years participants are enrolled.


Grants & Americorps Benefits

Participants are eligible for grants and Americorps financial benefits. For more information, visit our finance page and info central.

For more information visit:Financial Aid Office


Core Subjects (Pre-K-6)
English Language Arts and Reading (4-8)
English Language Arts and Reading (7-12)
English as a Second Language Supplemental
Mathematics (4-8)
Mathematics (7-12)
Special Education Supplemental
For more information, visit: Admissions

Program Overview

City Teaching Alliance's coursework and coaching are designed for you to seamlessly move between learning new skills and applying learnings in the classroom with formative support and feedback. Urban Teachers’ overall arc for program participants includes three distinctive, high leverage core components:

40 credits of clinically focused, graduate-level coursework over two years (including two summers), with deep practical training and culminating in a master’s degree

85+ hours of individualized coaching over three years (often administered by the same faculty who are teaching coursework), including real time, in-person classroom feedback

Hands-on learning through a one-year residency experience with our district partners, Dallas ISD or Uplift

Rigorous, comprehensive, and repeated evaluation of classroom teaching practice against increasing expectations over three years, culminating in a recommendation for a standard state teaching certification in your content subject areas and supplemental certificates in special education and English as a Second Language.

Program Hallmarks


  • Male

  • Female



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We want to strategically prepare more of our students to enter STEM-related fields upon graduating from college. For us to reach this goal, we realize that we need more teachers who are capable of building our students' conceptual understanding of both mathematics and science that leads to deeper learning and high levels of synthesis. The success of our students in both their mathematics and science courses is contingent upon the training and competence of their STEM teachers. We believe our partnership with Urban Teachers is an important step toward filling every math and science classroom with these types of career teachers. 

- Remy Washington, Chief Academic Officer, Uplift Education