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Capital City Teacher Residency Program

The Capital City Teacher Residency (CCTR) program is a 2+2 degree program in collaboration with Columbus State Community College, Columbus City Schools district, and Capital University. The CCTR program offers individuals the opportunity to take online courses through Capital University to earn their education licensure, and potential bachelor’s degree, while getting paid to work during the day in the Columbus City Schools system. Graduates who successfully complete the two-year program may be eligible for a full-time teaching position in the Columbus City Schools district – taking the stress out of finding a job after graduation. The CCTR program is mirrored after medical residency models in that students take courses from Capital University professors while gaining practical experience from mentor teachers in classrooms in Columbus City Schools. 

2 Years to Completion, Option for Dual Degree or Dual Licensure, and 100% Remote Learning

Capital City Teacher Residents have three pathways:

Post-Secondary Degree students who possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree: Take two years of online coursework through Capital University while working in a paid position in the Columbus City Schools district.

Students with some or no university credits: Take requisite coursework at Columbus State Community College and then transfer to Capital University for two years of residency. This option allows students to work in a paid position in Columbus City Schools during their studies.

Columbus City Schools employees and students: CCS employees have the option to take associate-level coursework at Columbus State or other institutions of higher education before the two-year Capital University residency. Current seniors graduating from Columbus City Schools can apply to Columbus Promise and take two years of coursework free of charge at Columbus State prior to beginning the two-year residency at Capital.

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Learning and Experience

Capital City teacher residents don’t just learn ideas in a book that they can one day apply in classrooms; they apply those ideas while they learn. This innovative, “Grow Your Own” education model prepares students to thrive as future teachers in Columbus City Schools. In the Capital City Teacher Residency program, our students learn to teach with intention, apply theory and research in classroom practice, and grow to become empowered, strategic educators. Coursework is complemented by hands-on, field-based experiences in actual classrooms. It’s here where you will learn from master teachers, faculty supervisors, full-time Capital education professors – and each other in student teaching seminars led by university faculty. A Capital City teacher is a different kind of teacher who is prepared to lead, inspire, and make a difference in the lives of countless children.


The Capital City Teacher Residency program is designed for current college students and working professionals who have an interest in pursuing a career in education. The flexibility through online, asynchronous classes combined with the opportunity to work in the Columbus City Schools while pursuing your degree makes this a strong option for working professionals. And for current students, the application process and credit transfers are easy, making your transition to Capital University seamless.

Our students will graduate as well-prepared teachers who have earned education licensure and gained relevant and meaningful work experiences. They’ll be ready to lead in their own classrooms and make an impact in the communities where they serve.

“In the Capital City Teacher Residency program, the classroom is the community and the curriculum is shaped by the context in which you will teach. As a result, our graduates will emerge ready to make a contribution and an impact in the lives of their students.”

Dr. Brad Conrad, Associate Professor, School of Education

  • Dr. Jennifer Kelly, School of Education Dean
  • Dr. Nisreen Daoud, Director of Capital City Teacher Residency program and Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Hoyun Cho, Associate Professor of Education
  • Dr. Bradley Conrad, Cotterman Distinguished Endowed Chair

Capital City Teacher Residency Office

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the Capital City Teacher Residency program?

The Capital City Teacher Residency program is a licensure pathway for students interested in a career in education and interested in diversifying the Ohio teaching force. The Capital City Teacher Residency program was created to respond to the current substitute teacher shortage and grow the number of high-quality educators in Ohio. The CCTR is committed to providing individuals with alternate pathways to education licensure. The program reflects Capital University’s focus on strong mentorship and authentic learning experiences to support the development of future teachers. 

What will my licensure specialty be?

The CCTR is designed for students seeking to get their license in Primary Childhood Education, Adolescence to Young Adult, and/or Intervention Specialist. There is an option to earn a bachelor’s degree in education by taking additional classes.

Will I have my Ohio teaching license when I am done?

Upon completion of all coursework and passing of all Ohio Assessments for Educators, you will be eligible to apply for your Ohio Teaching License. 

How long is the CCTR program?

The program is two years from the time you are accepted and begin classes at Capital. All coursework is offered online, providing you with the flexibility to work during the day and take classes during non-working hours. Students participate in classes by accessing lectures and learning activities on a schedule that works for them.

Who is eligible to apply for CCTR?

Students from Columbus State Community College or current employees in the Columbus City Schools district who are interested in pursuing their primary, PK-5, AYA, teaching license and encouraged to apply. The program is designed for teacher candidates who have met or are close to meeting the Capital University Signature Learning (i.e., general education) courses. A listing and description of current Signature Learning courses can be found in our university bulletin.

If you have questions about transfer credits that may qualify for Capital University Signature Learning credits, please contact Dr. Nisreen Daoud, CCTR director, at

What is the cost of tuition for the Capital City Teacher Residency program?

Students in the CCTR program will pay Capital’s Adult and Continuing Education credit hour rate. Other forms of aid and tuition assistance may be available. Talk with the CCTR Program Director to learn about tuition assistance options. All financial aid questions can be directed to Capital’s Financial Aid Office by emailing

Can I be a paid employee of Columbus City Schools during the program?

The Capital City Teacher Residency Program is designed with the working student in mind. During your two years of study at Capital, you will be eligible for paid experiences in Columbus City Schools. This “practical” experience will complement your coursework and help connect what you’re learning with the authenticity of actual classroom engagement.

How does the online learning work?

The coursework has been specifically designed to be asynchronous so that you can complete the work at your own pace and on your own time. The curriculum has been designed to provide you with ongoing support for the full length of the program. Our goal is to prepare you to learn effective teaching practices that will prepare you to manage and lead in your own classroom.

How will I be supported in the CCTR program?

Although the coursework is asynchronous, you will work closely with our faculty through your coursework, clinical experiences, and various seminars. You will be assigned a mentor teacher at your placement school as well as a faculty supervisor from Capital University who will help you throughout the program. 

Where will I be placed as an educator while participating in the CCTR program?

In collaboration with our education partners, Capital University will refer accepted CCTR students to the Columbus City Schools Human Resources department which will coordinate the employment placements. 

What Ohio Assessments for Educators will I need to take?

Please visit the OAE website and click on “what assessments do I need to take?” to learn more.

Who can I talk to about my financial aid options?

For all financial aid questions, please reach out to Capital’s Financial Aid office by emailing or calling the Admission Office at 614-236-6101. Additional information can be found by visiting the Financial Aid webpage.

Who do I reach out to if I have additional questions?

For questions about the CCTR, reach out to the Capital City Residency Teacher Program coordinator, Dr. Nisreen Daoud,, to set up a time to talk via phone, Zoom, or in person.