Capital Teaching Residency

If you are interested in applying to Capital Teaching Residency for the 2015-2016 school year, please fill out this form to receive news and updates. Our CTR application will go live on September 12!



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.

How Are 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.

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

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


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

Who Should Apply?

CTR is a highly selective program. We are looking for residents with a record of achievement and a history of perseverance. Residents do not need to have a background in education or instructional experience because the purpose of the program is to train highly effective teachers. We are looking for individuals who are ready to learn the art of teaching and work extremely hard in order to continuously improve their craft.

If you are interested in applying to Capital Teaching Residency for the 2015-2016 school year, please fill out this form to receive news and updates. Our CTR application will go live September 12th!

How Does the 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.

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