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Am I eligible to apply to the program?


To apply for the CMS Teaching Residency, you must hold a bachelor’s degree,  you must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 from either your undergrad or graduate coursework and meet all legal requirements to work in the United States.  This is a licensure program for beginning teachers with no current continuing teaching license or certification. 

How much does the program cost?

  • Tuition: The tuition amount for cohort 2020 is $2000. 
  • Testing: State-required certification tests, start at about $140 per test and vary depending on the exam. For more information about which exams you’ll need to take, download our testing guide at the bottom of this webpage. 
  • edTPA: The application fee of $300 is for the state required portfolio process.  Should you need to resubmit a part of your portfolio there may be additional fees. 
  • Other Fees: There are minimal costs (less than $100) for coursework materials. We will notify you in advance of any books or resources you need to purchase. 

Is there financial support?

Candidates accepted into cohort 2020 may be eligible to apply for the Black Educators Excellence cohort, which provides program and financial support to Black/African-American candidates. You can learn more about this opportunity during the application process.

How long does the program last?

Residents will participate in an intensive summer training beginning in mid-June. Due to COVID-19 we are in the process of redesigning the summer training from an in-person training to a virtual/blended platform. This training is an unpaid experience.  The details for the summer training will be shared as more guidelines are provided from the state.  Summer training is followed by ongoing coaching and online coursework throughout a resident’s first year in the classroom. 

When will I be fully certified to teach?

Residents will receive a Residency License upon successful completion of summer training, and an Initial Professional License upon successful completion of their first year of full-time teaching (including passing all state-required certification exams and meeting all of the program and state requirements and performance standards).

What will I teach?

For the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, we’re recruiting for elementary grades and for secondary (middle and high) math and science, and middle school English language Arts. Through your application process, you will be asked to give your preference for subject area and provided guidance for testing requirements, etc.

If I’m admitted to the program, am I guaranteed a job?

Like all prospective CMS teachers, residents will need to apply for open teaching positions that fit their interests and qualifications and be selected by individual principals. Since the Residency focuses on grades and subject areas that are in high demand across the district, we expect the residents who successfully complete summer training to be strong candidates for many positions. Our team will also provide resources and support to help residents navigate the hiring process. Keep in mind that you will not be eligible to apply for or interview for any teaching position until you have been cleared as eligible. Teaching positions are usually posted in April for the upcoming school year, so it is in your best interest to prioritize preparing for and taking your required tests as early as possible.

What will my salary be?

Once they’ve secured a teaching position, residents will earn the same salary and benefits as other CMS teachers. For more information, see the CMS teacher pay schedule.

What are office hours if I want to call or come by to ask questions?

If you have questions before then, please email us at

Resource Downloads

CMS Teaching Residency Testing Guide 2020_21.pdf

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