Who We Want

CMS Teaching residents come from all corners of the city and beyond—from paraprofessionals and substitute teachers who already work in our classrooms; to recent college graduates looking to build a career in Charlotte; to experienced professionals from other fields who want to help shape the next generation of leaders and innovators. They’re united by three core values:

BELIEF in our students: Residents believe all students can learn and achieve at high levels, regardless of the challenges they might face outside the classroom.

DETERMINATION to reach goals: Faced with challenges, residents model the grit and persistence their students will need to overcome obstacles and stay on the path to success in college or a career.

PROVEN ABILITY to inspire change: Residents can rally students and families around ambitious learning goals.

We train residents to work in the grades and subject areas where they’re needed most, and we provide them with the skills and knowledge to help them succeed. You can find out more about one of our former residents’ experiences here.

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, your graduate coursework, or a combination of both. 
  • Meet all legal requirements to work in the United States.  
  • If accepted into the program, you will be required to take and pass state-required certification test(s) before you begin training IF you do not have at least 24 hours of relevant coursework determined by the licensure department.  If you do have at least 24 hours of relevant coursework, you will still attempt your state-required test(s) but can do so during your first year of residency.  ALL teachers must take and pass all state-required tests within 3 years to be fully licensed. 
  • This is a licensure program for prospective teachers who do NOT currently hold a continuing educator license or certificate in any state. 
  • You can learn more about our eligibility requirements in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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