Capital Teaching Residency

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Quality teachers are crucial influencers of student success. The Capital Teaching Residency sets you up to be an excellent educator from your residency year onward. With rigorous programming, exemplary teaching, and meaningful feedback – the Capital Teaching Residency is a one-of-a-kind opportunity that sets you up to thrive as a teacher, impacting D.C. classrooms.


The mission of the Capital Teaching Residency is to empower students and increase their access to opportunities by:

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

Benefits of the Program

Gradual On-Ramp into Teaching

It takes more than a few weeks to learn how to be a great teacher; spend a year getting the support, resources, and coaching that you need.

Award-Winning Schools

Grow at a transformational KIPP DC school, led by administrators, teachers, and staff dedicated to setting their students up for a choice-filled life.

Maximize Impact in Supportive Environments

Join a network of peers who are committed to a lasting impact in the classroom, form lifelong relationships, and receive mentorship from highly effective teachers.

A Versatile District of Columbia Credential

Earn a teaching license after successfully completing all requirements in your residency year. Following that year, you may seek add-on licenses for additional grade levels of content areas.

Capital Teaching Residency Positions

  • Early Childhood & Elementary

    • Residents are paired with a mentor teacher for the entirety of their residency year and receive ongoing coaching during subsequent years at KIPP DC.
    • Residents complete an additional two-year teaching commitment post residency at KIPP DC or a partner school.
    • Residents can pursue an optional one-year accelerated master’s degree, at a discounted rate, during year three of their residency.*


    *Degree paid by Resident with options for loans and potential repayment.

  • Secondary Residents

    • Residents complete one-year residency placement in a classroom with an experienced teacher and participate in Relay Graduate School of Education’s secondary licensure and residency program.
    • Residents complete an additional two-year teaching commitment post residency at KIPP DC or partner school.
    • Residents receive a free one-year accelerated master’s degree from Relay Graduate School of Education during year two of their residency **

    ** Small upfront payment and relevant paperwork may be required. 

How to Apply

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 schools in Washington D.C.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Capital Teaching Residency Program?

    The Capital Teaching Residency Program is a nationally recognized, highly selective, three-year teacher training program that provides a pathway for new teachers to develop into outstanding educators. Your first year will be your residency year. During your residency year, you will have the opportunity to obtain your teaching certification while training in the classroom with a highly effective mentor teacher. Following your residency year, you will commit to two additional years of teaching at KIPP DC or a partner public school in Washington, D.C.
  • How do I apply to be a Capital Teaching Resident?

    The first step is to complete your online application. The selection team reviews all applications and invites promising candidates to move forward to a phone interview. Following a phone interview there will be an in-person interview with the school leaders that directly manage Capital Teaching Residents. After interviews, we will deliberate and you will be notified of your final status within two to three weeks of your in-person interview. Be advised the program will evaluate applications and hire candidates on a rolling basis.
  • Who should apply to the CTR program?

    Candidates who have the highest chance of acceptance often: have obtained a bachelor’s degree by June of 2019 (required) and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Have not previously taught for a full year as a lead teacher. Have the ability to pass your first Praxis II exam, as well as the CORE exam, before they begin their residency year. Have a history of achievement and perseverance. Ultimately residents are growth-oriented, ready to learn the art of teaching, and willing to work extremely hard in order to continuously improve their craft. They demonstrate an unwavering commitment to students and the mission of KIPP DC.
  • Does the CTR program train Residents in all grade levels and all subject areas?

    Each year, over 50% of the Capital Teaching Residents are placed as Early Childhood Education (ECE) Residents. ECE Residents are placed in classrooms with students ages three to five. As an ECE Resident, you will benefit from the unique experience of working with D.C.’s youngest students at a critical point in their development. Selection into the secondary math and science training program will be given to applicants with strong backgrounds in math and science (typically candidates who completed a degree in math or science during their undergraduate careers). Positions are available at both the middle school and high school levels. Secondary Residents are required to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching during the second year of commitment.
  • What is the Fellowship in Special Education?

    The Fellowship in Special Education is a one-year professional development program under the Capital Teaching Residency's umbrella of supports. It is open to current lead teachers. Learn more: