Training & Certification
The first year is demanding for any new teacher, but you will work in a high-need school where students may lag several grades behind. To prepare you for that challenge, you will receive intensive training, both in person and virtually, through Pre-Service Training and TNTP Academy.
While traditional teacher preparation programs stress educational theory, our training is designed to transform talented professionals into great teachers through practical, classroom-centered coursework, with a sharp focus on core skills. You will be trained like a pro athlete, with ample opportunity to practice, reflect and improve, until essential teaching techniques become second nature. At every step, you will be held to the highest performance standards because your students are counting on teachers capable of delivering game-changing results.
In late June, you’ll begin your commitment with a rigorous, six-week pre-service training program that is centered on field experience. You will study proven teaching techniques that great teachers use every day to advance student learning and can expect to practice these techniques intensively, both with peers and with real students in summer school classrooms.
Rather than overwhelming you with training that is a mile wide but an inch deep, we focus first on mastery of four foundational teaching skills before shifting to more advanced practices. Outstanding local teachers will prepare you to manage a classroom, to deliver the content your students must learn, and to keep students focused on meeting high academic expectations. You must demonstrate emerging proficiency in these fundamental skills by the end of pre-service training to earn teaching eligibility for the fall.
Pre-service training is extremely demanding, and you must attend sessions five days per week from approximately 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, with the potential for additional workshops and events. Due to the critical importance of pre-service training, you cannot miss any portion. Attendance is mandatory every day.
During pre-service training, our coaches will be your most critical development resource as you apply lessons from training sessions with students in your classroom. All pre-service training coaches are experienced teachers with a track record of raising achievement in challenging classrooms.
Pre-service training coaches will visit you regularly in your classroom, providing real-time guidance to improve your teaching. After class, you will meet to debrief and practice concrete strategies you can apply in future lessons. Coaches will also pull you into small skill-building sessions to address your high-priority development needs.
You can’t improve if you don’t know how you are doing. Whether you are struggling with delivering content or striving to improve your classroom management skills, your coach will focus their expertise on helping you quickly get up to speed in that area. This rich feedback and personalized professional development will help you grow quickly into an amazing teacher.
As 2013 BCTR Resident Tommy Atkinson explains, "During pre-service training, my coach was honest in assessing my performance and gave me extremely helpful feedback. By identifying areas of growth, she helped me quickly hone my teaching skills so I felt confident when I started the school year."
Our literacy coursework really helped too – it was very practical and helped me develop my students into effective readers and writers.”
Matt Piwowarcyzk, 2011 Resident
During your first year as a full-time teacher, you will complete TNTP Academy certification coursework under the guidance of outstanding former teachers. Depending on your needs, sessions will be in person, virtually or a combination of both. TNTP Academy Instructors will focus their expertise to ensure that you master the most critical knowledge required for your subject, along with the skills needed to teach that material effectively. You will open up your classroom regularly, either through classroom visits or through video you record, allowing staff to see you in action, and provide actionable guidance and concrete strategies to apply in future lessons.
Throughout the year, you will also participate in skill-building sessions to deepen your proficiency in proven teaching techniques used by top educators nationwide. Through intensive practice and feedback, you’ll achieve fluency in the fundamentals of good teaching while developing the advanced skills you need to grow from good to great. At every step, this training will be customized to reflect your individual strengths and weaknesses through virtual and in-person courses.
A Note on Teaching Special Education: Residents teaching Special Education will be dually certified in Elementary , Math or English. As a result, they must complete two years of certification coursework, one for each content area. Residents teaching Special Education also incur additional tuition costs to cover this second year of coursework, with tuition payments spread out across both years.
TNTP Academy holds the highest standards for certification of any program in the country, and our teachers are widely recognized for their ability to help high-need students make dramatic learning gains.
As a first-year Resident, you will be evaluated on the Baltimore City Schools evaluation system to ensure that you remain on track to become a great teacher. The evaluation system incorporates a wide variety of evidence from your classroom to create the fullest possible picture of your performance. TNTP Academy is designed to address your high-priority development needs.
By setting a high bar and helping you meet it, we ensure that you are capable of getting real results for students. And as a TNTP Academy graduate, principals and district officials will know that you are not simply a certified teacher, but one with a proven track record in the classroom.
PURSUING A MASTER'S DEGREE
After successful completion of your first year of teaching, Residents will have the option to enroll in an online program to earn a Master of Science in Education degree from the Johns Hopkins University.
This program is designed to build on the TNTP Academy training experience, with collaborative spaces for experiential learning through TNTP Academy to be applied toward Johns Hopkins University Master's degree requirements. Participants will be able to earn a Master's degree while enjoying savings achieved through a reduced course load.