Capital Teaching Residency

The 2018-19 application for the Capital Teaching Residency is now open. Apply here today.


The  mission of the Capital Teaching Residency (CTR) is to close the opportunity gap by:

  • Creating a talent pipeline of highly effective teachers in the District of Columbia
  • Retaining highly effective teachers in D.C. public and charter schools
  • Shaping high-quality teacher preparation programs nationally.

Capital Teaching Residency Overview

Capital Teaching Residents commit to teaching 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. Residents get placed at one of KIPP DC’s 16 high-performing public charter schools in Washington D.C.

During their residency year, Residents have the opportunity to obtain their certification and train in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Math, Science, or English Language Arts classrooms. After the completion of their residency year, KIPP DC Residents are given the opportunity to pursue an additional certification in Special Education.

Throughout this residency, the program supports Residents 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 the classroom.

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

What Makes Capital Teaching Residency Different from Many Other Teaching Preparation Programs?


How Are Capital Teaching Residents Trained?

Residents are placed in an excellent urban classroom working alongside a mentor teacher. During their residency year, Residents 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. Residents 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. Residents are given responsibility 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 regular, 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, Residents graduates receive structured and informal alumni support in the form of coaching and community-building events to help ensure their continued success in the classroom.


Capital Teaching Residency by the Numbers

    • Over 800 teachers trained by 2020
    • Close to 30,000 students taught by Capital Teaching Residents graduates by 2020
    • 32o alumni teaching or school leadership. 280 alumni currently in Washington, D.C. schools.

Why Choose Early Childhood?

Each year, over 50% of the Capital Teaching Residency cohort is made up of educators who teach in Early Childhood Education (ECE) classrooms with students ages 3-5 (PreK-K). These residents benefit from the unique experience of working with our youngest students at a critical point in their development.

When Should Candidates Apply?

We are accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year starting on Tuesday, September 5th.

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

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How Does the Capital Teaching Residency Application Process Work?

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

CTR app process

Who Should Apply to Capital Teaching Residency?

We are looking for Residents that:

  • Have obtained a Bachelor’s degree by June of 2017 (required) and have a strong record of academic achievement (GPA is one of the factors that we take into account when reviewing 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 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 2017-18 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 to continuously improve their craft
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to our students and the mission of our schools
  • Team players that are ready to work collaboratively with others to support the success of students.

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