Earn Your M.Ed and Teacher Certification in 2 Years as a Teaching Fellow in MA.

The Citizen Schools Teaching Residency (CSTR) is an opportunity for high-performing Teaching Fellows to earn Massachusetts Teacher Certification and a Masters of Education through a partnership with UMASS Boston. The residency offers qualified candidates a two-year program that combines teaching during Citizen Schools expanded day program, mentorship and coursework.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive Massachusetts Teacher Certification and a Master’s Degree through the University of Massachusetts Boston. Many of our graduates have gone on to secure teaching positions in MA.


Are you interested in teaching as a career? Are you prepared for a rigorous and comprehensive teacher preparation program, including university coursework? You must also be prepared to commit to living and working in Massachusetts for at least four years (two years for the fellowship and two years teaching in the school system post-residency).


  • A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (if a candidate has other highly sought after qualities, we will consider a GPA of 2.7 to 2.9)
  • An active member of the Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship in Massachusetts
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident


The Citizen Schools Teacher Residency is an extremely affordable pathway to Teacher Certification and your M.Ed. Tuition for the program costs approximately $12,000. With the application of your AmeriCorps education award, you may pay as little as $370 for the program. AmeriCorps awards Segal education awards of up to $5,815 per year of service, for a total of up to $11,630 upon completion of your two years as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools. You may also apply for financial aid and federal loans.


Step 1: Apply for and be admitted to the National Teaching Fellowship.

Step 2: In the spring of your first year as a Teaching Fellow, you will be interviewed by regional staff. Progressing to the university application process will be based on:

  • CSTR-focused interview
  • Exemplary performance in year one based on classroom observations
  • Strong recommendation from campus leadership

Step 3: Complete the university application process. If accepted, you will be notified of your final acceptance into the CSTR program.


At this time, the Teacher Residency is only avaialabe in Massachusetts.  Please contact Megan Bird with any additional questions you may have.