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Teacher Residency Program

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program

Drexel University’s School of Education (SoE) and the Philadelphia Education Fund are offering a unique accelerated teacher certification residency program.  Partnering with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and select Philadelphia host schools, the SoE PTR program has been established to prepare high-quality, urban 7-12 school teachers in STEM topics.

The qualified, dedicated teacher leaders that result from this program will serve as integral agents of change in Philadelphia schools.  Upon completing the program, each resident is provided with an experienced teacher mentor for two years to assist with their personal teaching challenges. 

In addition, all students will 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

Residency programs have resulted in 100% placement within high-need schools throughout Philadelphia.  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.


For the 2013-2014 academic year, all residents are offered the discounted tuition rate of $534 per credit, as compared to Drexel’s School of Education graduate credit rate of $1,085 per credit.

For More Information

To learn more about eligibility, becoming a mentor teacher and how to apply, please visit the Philadelphia Education Fund’s Teacher Residency page or contact Wendy Elliott-Pyle at