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Teacher Residency Program

Drexel University School of Education

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program

A teacher preparation experience unlike any other. The Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program offers a unique, accelerated path towards teacher certification at half the price of regular graduate tuition. Through partnerships with the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, the Philadelphia Education Fund, and several Philadelphia schools, the Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program prepares students to become great teachers in grades PreK-4 and secondary grades (7-12) in Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space, English, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies.  

Upon completion, each resident is provided with an experienced teacher mentor for two years to assist with their personal teaching challenges. 

In addition, all students have the advantage of working with museum scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University to learn how to leverage informal learning resources throughout Philadelphia.

Job Placement and Commitment

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program has resulted in 100% placement within schools throughout Philadelphia for certified program finishers. Mentoring and other types of support, such as facilitating engagement among residents in a particular school, assists with retention and overall teacher success.

Residents are committed to teach in Philadelphia schools for at least three years after the residency year of preparation.


Tuition for the Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program is 50% lower than the regular graduate rate per credit. For the 2017-2018 academic year, all residents are offered the discounted tuition rate of $614.00 per credit.

For More Information

To learn more about eligibility, becoming a mentor teacher and how to apply, please contact Wendy Elliott-Pyle at