Capital Teaching Residency

When Should Candidates Apply?

For candidates interested in being considered for our 2015-2016 CTR cohort, we are currently accepting applications! At this time, we are primarily seeking candidates that are interested in teaching Early Childhood Education. Due to the fact that we hire candidates on a rolling basis, we strongly encourage all interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.


The Capital Teaching Residency (CTR) is a nationally recognized, highly selective teacher training program that provides a pathway for aspiring teachers to develop into outstanding educators prepared to serve in high-need schools in Washington, D.C.

The mission of the Capital Teaching Residency (CTR) is to close the achievement gap by increasing the number of highly effective educators in the District of Columbia. CTR serves as an effective model for teacher training programs across the country.

CTR Overview

CTRs make a commitment to teach for a minimum of three years in Washington, D.C. Residents spend the first year of this commitment—their residency year—training in a classroom with a highly effective mentor teacher. CTRs are initially placed at KIPP DC or E.L Haynes, two high-performing D.C. public charter schools.

During their residency year, CTRs are provided the opportunity to obtain their certification and train in Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education, and Secondary Math, Science, or English Language Arts classrooms.

Throughout this residency, the program supports CTRs as they develop into skilled educators through extensive coaching, consistent work with a highly-effective mentor teacher, focused professional development coursework, and daily practice perfecting their skills in a real classroom.

CTRs commit to two additional years of teaching beyond their residency year. After completing their residency, CTR alumni remain in the classroom and continue to teach at E.L. Haynes, KIPP DC, or partner public charter schools across D.C.

What Makes CTR Uniquely Suited to Train and Retain Great Teachers?

Highly Selective High-Quality Learning Environment Post-Residency Support
2013 Acceptance Rate: 8%
School Leader-Led Selection Process
Candidates participate in an in-person final interview with school leaders
Four Components:

  • Practicum
  • Coursework
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
Placement Support
Find “best fit” partner school
One-on-One Alumni Coach
Observations and feedback for alumni’s entire first year as a Lead Teacher in partner schools

“You can’t ask for a better model of training new teachers.” – CTR mentor teacher

CTR By the Numbers

  • Over 400 teachers trained by 2015
  • Close to 24,000 students taught by CTR graduates by 2015
  • 100% of school leaders believe that the program is effective in training teachers who have a significant impact on student achievement
  • 8% acceptance rate in 2013

What Makes CTR Different from Many Other Urban Teaching Residency Programs?


Apply today!

When Should Candidates Apply?

KIPP DC reviews applications on a rolling basis, and we encourage interested candidates to submit an application as soon as possible.

How Does the CTR Application Process Work?

All candidates must submit an online application. Upon review, the CTR team will invite select candidates to participate in a phone interview. Following the phone interview, the CTR team will request that qualified candidates participate in a final in-person interview in Washington, D.C.

Who Should Apply to CTR?

    CTR is a highly selective program. We are looking for Residents that:

  • Have obtained a Bachelor’s degree by June of 2015 (required) and have a strong record of academic achievement (GPA is one of the factors that we take into account when reviewing CTR applications)
  • Have not served for a full year as a lead teacher of record
  • Once hired, successfully pass their first Praxis II exam, as well as the CORE exam, before they begin their residency year in the fall. (Please note that initial admittance to the CTR program is not dependent upon passing the Praxis. However, we reserve the right to decline the admission of any accepted applicant that does not pass the required Praxis exams before the start of the 2015-2016 school year.)
  • Have a history of achievement and perseverance
  • Are growth-oriented, ready to learn the art of teaching, and willing to work extremely hard in order to continuously improve their craft
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to our students and the mission of our schools
  • Are team players that are willing to work collaboratively with others to support the success of students.

How Are Capital Teaching Residents Trained?

Residents are placed in an excellent urban classroom working alongside a mentor teacher. During their residency year, CTRs learn the teaching profession through a gradual release model supported by the guidance of their mentor teacher, as well as the intensive coaching led by their school leaders. CTRs slowly increase their teaching responsibility during their residency year, enriching their pedagogical knowledge and teaching skills through ongoing, targeted professional development opportunities, as well as certification coursework.

Throughout the year, Residents gradually move from observing their mentor to conducting small-group lessons until they are finally ready to take on a considerable amount of teaching responsibility. Responsibility is released to residents in conjunction with the content they are mastering in professional development coursework. In addition to Residents having the opportunity to attain their teaching credentials, they are also able to pursue a Master’s degree, if desired, during their second and third years.

In addition to their coursework, Residents receive continual, targeted feedback from their mentors, who provide daily input regarding every aspect of their Resident’s teaching experience. School leaders serve as a coach, conducting formal observations in the Residents’ classrooms and completing evaluations of their teaching practice. Finally, CTR graduates receive formal and informal alumni support in the form of coaching and community-building events in order to help ensure their continued success in the classroom.

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Additional Information:

Click here to watch a short video about CTR

Click here to view FAQs about CTR

Click here to view the CTR job description

Click here to begin your CTR application