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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  
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 from your undergrad coursework, graduate coursework or a combination of both 
  • 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 for the 2021-2022 Cohort will be $2000.00. 
    • There is a Non-Refundable Enrollment fee of $250.00 for CMS applicants and $500.00 for external candidates due by June 1, 2021, which will be applied to your tuition balance due during the 21-22 school year.
  • 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 2021 may be eligible for scholarship opportunities. 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. Summer training is conducted on a virtual/blended platform and is an unpaid experience.  The details for the summer training 21-22 will be shared as guidelines are provided from the district and the state.  Summer training is followed by ongoing instructional support, testing support 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 2021-2022 school year, we’re recruiting for elementary grades and for secondary (middle and high) math, science, English and EC General Curriculum. Through your application process, you will be asked to give your preference for subject area and will be 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 2021 FINAL 2.pdf

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