Capital Teaching Residency

The application for the Capital Teaching Residency has Closed for the 2017-18 school year.


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

CTR Overview

CTRs make a commitment 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. 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, and Secondary Math, Science, or English Language Arts classrooms. After the completion of their residency year, KIPP DC CTRs may be given the opportunity to pursue an additional certification in Special Education.

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 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, 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.


CTR by the Numbers

    • Over 800 teachers trained by 2020
    • Close to 30,000 students taught by CTR graduates by 2020
    • 100% of school leaders believe that the program is effective in training teachers who have a significant impact on student achievement
    • 260 alumni teaching in Washington, D.C.

Why Choose Early Childhood?

Each year, over 50% of the CTR cohort is made up of CTRs 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. Learn more about what makes our Early Childhood Education residency so special.

When Should Candidates Apply?

We are accepting applications for CTRs for the 2017-18 school year starting on Thursday, September 1st.

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

CTR Application Timeline chart[1]

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.

CTR app process

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 2017 (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 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 in order to continuously improve their craft
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to our students and the mission of our schools
  • Team players that are willing to work collaboratively with others to support the success of students.

Additional Information:

Click here to view FAQs about CTR

Click here to view the CTR job description

Click here to view the CTR STEM job description