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Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program

Drexel University School of Education

The Teaching Certification Residency Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia is a teacher preparation experience unlike any other.​ This in-classroom, teaching mentorship experience offers a unique, accelerated path towards teacher certification at half the price of regular graduate program tuition.

Through partnerships with the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, and several Philadelphia schools, the Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program certification prepares graduate students with the skills​ to become great teachers in secondary grades (7-12) in Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space, English, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies.

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program: What to Expect

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency teacher certification program is a 15-month program. The first year of the program consists of a 12-month blended learning program where students complete a combination of in-person and online classes that are required by the state for PA Instructional 1 teacher certification. Upon completion of the required teacher certification courses, students begin the teacher residency experience, where they are paired with an experienced mentor teacher in a Philadelphia secondary public or charter school. The Residency experience typically lasts 12 weeks or less. Drexel works closely with mentor teachers to ensure they are providing a high-quality learning experience for students.

In addition to the residency experience, Drexel University’s School of Education provides 2 years of support for residency completers to ensure they are fully prepared to lead their classrooms.

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.

Teacher Residency Career Opportunities

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program at Drexel University’s School of Education has resulted in 100% job opportunity placement​ within schools throughout Philadelphia for certified residency program finishers. Teacher m​entoring 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​ (3) years after the residency year of teacher training and preparation​.

Teacher Residency & Mentorship Program Requirements

Drexel University School of Education’s Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) Program is uniquely designed for candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree and who are interested in obtaining secondary (grades 7-12) PA Instructional I teacher certification. This program requires that candidates complete the Praxis II Content Knowledge, exam/s prior to beginning the program that begins during our summer term only.

In addition to the required certification coursework, all residents, site directors, mentor teacher attend monthly professional development sessions to learn together and form a community of support.

Praxis II Exams

If you plan to begin the program during the Summer 2018 term, you should plan to take the Praxis II Content Knowledge for secondary content area anytime up to May 2018 and will also need to request that your passing scores are sent to Drexel’s code 2194 and PDE’s code # 8033 before being admitted officially into the program. More information regarding this is provided to the candidates after an intake review is completed.

Clearances Required prior to starting Drexel program

If you are accepted and plan to enroll in the Philadelphia Teacher Residency teacher certification program at Drexel next June 2017, you will be required to submit (to the School of Education’s Field Placement Office) copies of the following clearances, FBI, PA Criminal History, PA Child Abuse, Skin TB test, and the Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Training Certificate. Please wait to start the process of obtaining clearances until mid-June of 2018. You can learn more about required clearances at the School of Education’s Field Placement Office.

Copies of all State/School District required clearances must be received by School of Education’s Field Placement Office prior to beginning the program in June and entering a K-12 school to complete the program’s Teacher Residency field experience requirements. Student can email forms to

Please be advised that the School District of Philadelphia will require that you submit updated clearances (no more than a year old) or additional clearances such as Skin TB tests prior to entering their schools. 

Tuition Costs for the Teacher Residency Program

Tuition​ expenses​ 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.

Students may be eligible for financial aid or other financing options. Please contact Drexel Central or call 215-895-1600 or toll free 1-877-Drexel-5. You can also learn more about federal loan forgiveness and deferment programs at

How to Apply to the Teacher Residency Program at Drexel University

To apply to the on-campus PTR program please apply through the Graduate Admissions office at (Please indicate in your essay that you are interested in the Philadelphia Teaching Residency program and send all official application documentation directly to Drexel’s Graduate Admissions Office.)

Teacher Residency Program students can select 1 of the following Drexel programs to enroll in:

  • MS-AS-EDUC= Master’s degree in Teaching Learning and Curriculum with or Secondary Certification
  • PBC-EDUC= Post-bachelor’s Secondary Certification

Application requirements

  • Completed application
  • Well-written essay
  • Current Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Passing Praxis II scores (Drexel’s code is 2194)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Attend one Drexel Philadelphia Teacher Residency Selection Day

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Selection Days

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Selection Days are designed for candidates to learn about the program components, the type of support and community of learning that is formed throughout the program. All candidates are expected to prepare for their interview, as well as design and deliver an 8-minute lesson prepared for high school students in the subject in which they intend to be certified. Each candidate is assigned a coach who will initiate a pre-coaching session to discuss the candidate’s ideas and to help them prepare for their mini-teach lesson.

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency Selection Day is also designed to help the candidates gain feedback on their lesson and to experience the high-level coaching and sense of community that the program provides our residents. Selection day is also an admission tool to learn about the candidates before making formal admission decisions.

For more information or to schedule your attendance at a Philadelphia Teacher Residency Selection Day event, please contact Wendy Elliott-Pyle at to complete the intake review and pre-screen phone appointment.

Drexel’s Philadelphia Teacher Residency Selection Days for the upcoming summer 2018 cohort will be scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017 and April 2018 (specific dates TBD) from 9:30am -1:30pm at Drexel University’s University City campus, at the Science Center located at 3401 Market Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Click here for directions to University City Campus and Campus Map.

Want to know more? Our Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program Manager can answer all your questions, please contact Wendy Elliott-Pyle at​.