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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.​

Drexel University has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia and select Philadelphia public schools to develop a year-long, classroom-based teacher certification program. The program interviews and accepts exceptional and highly qualified candidates to enroll in Drexel's graduate-level teacher education courses while earning a salary and benefits as a School District of Philadelphia employee. The School District even picks up the bulk of the cost of coursework leading to teacher certification!

An accepted candidate serves as a Teacher Resident to work daily within a partnering school for the year with a trained Mentor Teacher. The Mentor teacher assists Drexel in the preparation of the Teacher Resident in developing the skills to become a great secondary (grades 7-12) teacher in Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, General Science, Mathematics, or Physics or a great middle level (grades 4-8) teacher in Mathematics or Science.

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program: What to Expect

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) Teacher Certification Program begins in late June 2019 and ends at the close of the School District of Philadelphia's academic year in June 2020. Teacher Residents work in their assigned classrooms during the school day [as if they were a regular teacher] while putting to use the teaching skills they are learning in the online graduate coursework that Teacher Resident simultaneously enrolls. Online coursework is supplemented with periodic face-to-face, on-campus meetings each month. The Drexel coursework satisfies the requirements for the Teacher Resident to obtain the PA Instructional I Teaching Credential in the area of certification being pursued.

Benefits of the PTR program include a salary and generous health benefits from the School District of Philadelphia, as well as a tuition scholarship that covers nearly all tuition and fees. Candidates are responsible for the costs associated with the required Praxis Exam(s) [an application requirement for program admission] and any text books/materials required in the coursework. Successful program completers will be guaranteed a teaching position in the School District for Fall 2020. 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.

PTR Teacher Residents must be committed to teach in Philadelphia schools for at least three​ (3) years following their Teacher Residency year​.

In addition, Drexel University’s School of Education provides each PTR Program Teacher Resident with 2 years of post-graduation support to ensure they are fully prepared to lead their classrooms at no cost to the Resident.

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program Requirements

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) Program is uniquely designed for candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree in the area related to certification area they wish to pursue, i.e.,  secondary (grades 7-12) mathematics or one of the sciences listed above or middle level (grades 4-8) mathematics or science. The PTR program requires that a candidate have successfully completed the appropriate Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam required for an interim PA Intern Teaching Certification to the candidate's certification area as an application requirement.

In addition to engaging in online course work beginning Summer Quarter 2019, all candidates need to be prepared to:

  • participate in the intensive, Summer Induction Program (July 8 - 19, 2019) during the work week at Drexel University,
  • work standard school days and hours during the academic year,
  • attend a monthly seminar one evening a month to work collaboratively with other Teacher Residents, Mentor Teachers and Drexel Site Directors (who conduct the in-school observations of the Teacher Resident) on Drexel's campus.

Praxis II Exams

To be accepted to the Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) Program for Summer 2019, the successful PTR candidate will need to have passed the appropriate Praxis II Exam for either middle level math or science, or secondary math or appropriate science content area by the School District of Philadelphia's deadline, currently set for March 2019. When you register for the Praxis (ETS' Praxis Website), please list Drexel University (code 2194) as a score recipient. Also include the PA Department of Education (code 8033) if you do not sit for the Praxis Exam within a PA test site. 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 at Drexel for June 2019, you will be required to submit the following standard clearances to both the School District of Philadelphia and Drexel, (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 Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program

As shared, the School District of Philadelphia provides a generous tuition/fee allowance to cover the bulk of the the tuition and fees for the 15 graduate credits required to be recommended by Drexel for the PA Instructional I Teaching Credential. It is estimated that the Teacher Resident would be responsible for approximately $2,300 of the teacher certification cost of the Spring Quarter 2020 for which grant aid and other financial aid financing options are available. Drexel has people who can assist you covering that cost next year. Please contact Larry Keiser ( for specifics. You can also learn more about federal loan forgiveness and deferment programs at

How to Apply to the Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program at Drexel University

To apply to the Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) Program, please apply through Drexel's Graduate Admissions office for the "On campus" PTR program by clicking this application link. Please indicate in your essay that you are interested in the PTR Program and send all official application documentation directly to Drexel’s Graduate Admissions Office.

Application requirements

  • Completed PTR application
  • Well-written essay
  • Current Resume
  • 2 to 3 letters of recommendation
  • Praxis II Score (Drexel’s code is 2194) -- if you haven't yet taken the Praxis, submit your application and forward your score later
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended to date
  • Register through Larry Keiser to participate in a Drexel 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.