City Teaching Alliance

About City Teaching Alliance

City Teaching Alliance (formerly Urban Teachers) is a rigorous, comprehensive teacher development program that integrates the intensive support, critical skills, and high-value credentials necessary for success in historically underserved and excluded urban classrooms, and across an educator’s career. We improve educational and life outcomes of children in urban schools by preparing culturally responsive, effective career educators who accelerate student achievement and disrupt systems of racial and socioeconomic inequity.

In partnership with American University, City Teaching Alliance participants earn a Master's of Arts in Teaching. The curriculum is hands-on, practical, and specifically designed for urban schools. Our program emphasizes literacy and math skills and includes coursework and dual certification in special education and a content area—ensuring our teachers can meet the needs of all children. We work with school districts in Baltimore, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC to charter management organizations that have some of the highest starting teacher pay in the nation.

Ready to lead a life of impact? Learn more about City Teaching Alliance today:


Elementary School Teacher

May 2020 - May 2022 Baltimore, MD
“-Coaching: they provide an opportunity for you to receive 1 on 1 support and feedback aimed to enhance your teaching skills. A coach is provided for the entire 4 year program. -Teaching Residency: the residency year is implemented to give you first-hand teaching with students before taking on your own classroom. During the year I was able to experience 2 different classroom styles. Thus I got a glimpse of different aspects as well as took away strategies for my own class. -Masters Degree: the program was tied to a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University and 2 certification programs (elementary ed and special ed)”

High School English Teacher

May 2020 Washington, DC
“The coursework is rigorous and much of it is highly clinical and applicable to what we need to do in the classroom. We are placed in REAL schools doing the REAL work. The coaching program is a safeguard to make it more likely that, despite the dearth of resources for teachers in these environments, you're being developed professionally somewhere, whether that's at your school, through your coach, or both. Some of the faculty really cared about me and worked hard to make sure that I stayed in the program at those moments when I was really really struggling to keep up.”
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