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Teacher Residency

Male teacher helping two students sitting at a tableProgram Overview

The one-year Howard University Teacher Residency Program is offered through a partnership between Howard University School of Education, District of Columbia Public Schools, and U.S. Department of Education. Candidates will have the opportunity to earn teacher certification in the District of Columbia (DC) and a Master's degree in elementary, secondary, or special education. The goal of the program is to help career changers transition to a successful career in teaching.

Program Benefits

  • Teacher residents receive a 15% tuition discount and a $20K stipend that can be used for living or education expenses while completing coursework in exchange for a 3-year teaching commitment

  • Teacher residents are placed in a partnering DC public school under the mentorship of well-trained teachers

  • Teacher residents will receive continued support through an induction program for two years after residency completion

University Admission Requirements

  • Academic degree that did not lead to teacher certification

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading (5712) score of  156 or higher*

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (5722) score of 162 or higher

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732) score of 150 or higher*

  • Personal Statement

  • Biographical Sketch

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

  • Three letters of recommendation

* Test score substitutions may be accepted by the DC Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE). See OSSE's website for details.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

  • Interview

  • Background check

  • Statement of interest in the Teacher Residency Program (this should be written in the Personal Statement)

Application Deadline

Interested candidates must apply to the Teacher Residency Program via the University's online graduate application by June 15, 2020.  Completed applications received by March 15, 2020 will receive priority. To learn more about the Teacher Residency Program, join one of following virtual information sessions.

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 PM         Register now 

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 PM      Register now

  • Additional webinars will be scheduled in the coming weeks

Register for the information session at least 30 minutes prior to the start time. Questions may be emailed to