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Baltimore City Teaching Residency provides an accelerated path into teaching for accomplished professionals and recent graduates. It is specifically designed for people without experience as a licensed teacher.

To be considered for our program, applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree (conferred by June 1, 2019) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, or undergraduate and graduate GPA average of 2.75 or higher.
  • Meet all legal requirements to work in the United States.
  • Meet all Maryland state academic and testing requirements. See below.
  • Not have ever completed any other alternative certification program. Baltimore City Teaching Residency will consider candidates who previously started training under another alternative certification program. 
  • Not currently possess, have ever held, or be eligible for a nonrenewable or professional teaching license from any state. Not ever held a Maryland-issued Resident Teacher certificate.
  • Provisional and emergency licenses are acceptable if held in states other than Maryland. Substitute and out of country licenses are acceptable. Candidates with some prior education coursework or an education degree are welcome to apply as long as they are not already eligible for licensure in any state.
  • Individuals who earned credits from a university outside the United States MUST have foreign transcripts evaluated by an approved agency. This process may take a month to complete. Learn more

Academic Requirements

In addition to these requirements, we will review your application carefully to ensure that you have the right academic expertise to teach one of the critical-need subjects listed below. Recruiting teachers exclusively for high-demand subjects allows us to provide schools with the teachers they need most and also makes it easier for Residents to secure a job.

The following table outlines required exams by subject area:

Early Childhood
Elementary Education
Special Education-Elementary
Special Education-English
Special Education-Math

Exemption to Praxis Core

Residents are eligible to waive the Praxis Core requirement by submitting qualifying scores from one of the exams listed here.

For more information about available subjects, visit the Applicant Toolkit. Once admitted, we encourage Residents to register for required Praxis exams as early as possible. Testing dates are limited and some candidates may need multiple attempts to earn a passing score. Passing exams are required before you can begin the summer training.

NOTE: Eligibility and academic requirements are established by the Maryland State Department of Education and are therefore non-negotiable and subject to change. 

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