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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.​

Through partnerships with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the School District of Philadelphia 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, General Science, Mathematics, Physics. There are also opportunities to become a great middle level (grades 4-8) teachers in math or science.

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program: What to Expect

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency teacher certification program is a 12-month paid mentorship program. 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, while working in a Philadelphia classroom. Drexel works closely with mentor teachers to ensure they are providing a high-quality learning experience for students.

For students accepted into the School District of Philadelphia cohort (full for 2018), benefits of the program include a salary, generous health benefits, and a tuition scholarship that covers nearly all tuition and fees. Students accepted into the PA Department of Education cohort (spots still available) will receive a $15,000 stipend plus a tuition scholarship that covers nearly all tuition and fees. Students who complete the program in the 2018 academic year will be guaranteed a teaching position in the school district starting in Fall 2019. Successful teacher residents also have the option of continuing their studies at Drexel to add additional certifications or obtain a master’s degree at a substantially reduced tuition rate.

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

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 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​ (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) or middle level (grades 4-8) PA Instructional I teacher certification. This program requires that candidates complete the appropriate Praxis II Content Knowledge exam for the area of certification the candidate wishes to pursue.

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 will need to pass the appropriate Praxis II exam for either middle level math or science, or secondary math or science content area anytime up to May 2018. You 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 during a pre-selection meeting you will need to arrange with Larry Keiser (

Clearances Required prior to starting Drexel program

If you are accepted for the Philadelphia Teacher Residency teacher certification program, 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, and the Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Training Certificate. You can learn more about required clearances at the School of Education’s Field Placement Office.

Tuition Costs for the Teacher Residency Program

Thanks to an agreement with the School District of Philadelphia and the PA Department of Education, the tuition and fees for the 12-month (15 graduate credits) teacher certification program is only approximately $2,100 (about $175 a month) for which financial aid and other financing options are available.

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.)

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
  • Participate in a PTR selection interview

For more information, please contact Larry Keiser at or 215-895-1276 to complete the intake review and pre-screen phone appointment.