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Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program

Drexel University School of Education

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia is a teacher preparation experience unlike any other.​ Although our 2020-21 Corhot has been selected and has begun working in the program, we anticipate recruiting a 2021-22 cohort to begin June 2021. We anticipate beginning recruitment activities in November 2020.

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:

  • Grades 7-8 Secondary Teacher in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space ScienceEnglish Language Arts,* General Science, Mathematics, or Physics, or
  • Grades 4-8 Middle Level Teacher in the areas of English Language Arts,* Mathematics, or Science.

*Offering the ELA teacher education area will be dependent on the School District of Philadelphia's projected needs for Fall 2022.

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program: What to Expect

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) Teacher Certification Program begins in late June 2021 and ends at the close of the School District of Philadelphia's academic year in June 2022. 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 hybrid, graduate-level courses in which the PTR Teacher Resident simultaneously enrolls. Hybrid 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 (currently $38,611 for the academic year) and full health benefits as an employee of the School District of Philadelphia, as well as a tuition scholarship (currently $7,500) that covers nearly all tuition and tuition fees for a PA Instructional I teaching credential (currently ≈$10,500). 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 are guaranteed a teaching position for Fall 2022 by the School District. Successful Teacher Residents also have the option of continuing their studies at Drexel (i.e., it is not required albeit encouraged) 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 Teacher Resident with 2 years of post-graduation support at no cost to the Teacher Resident to help ensure that each are successful in leading their classrooms as a stand-alone teacher.

Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program Requirements

The PTR Teacher Residency Program is uniquely designed for candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree and have strong content in their area of teacher certification to be pursued. Those pursuing Grades 7-12 should have degrees closely aligned with one of the specific content areas listed above. Those pursuing Grades 4-8 Middle Level English Language Arts, Mathematics or Science teacher certification do not necessarily need to have a degree in their specific content area but should have significant and successful content taken at the undergraduate level in area they seek certification. To demonstrate proficiency in their content area, all candidates are required to have successfully completed the appropriate Praxis II Content Exam required by the PA Department of Education (PDE) for PA Instructional I teacher certification in the candidates' respective certification areas.

In addition to engaging in hybrid course work beginning Summer Quarter 2021 (June 21, 2021), all candidates need to be prepared to:

  • participate in the intensive, Summer Induction Program (Weekdays: June 21 - July 2, 2021 or July 5 - 16, 2021) in a Summer School situation and at Drexel University,
  • work standard school days and hours during the academic year,
  • attend a monthly seminar, one evening a month, to work collaboratively on Drexel's campus with other Teacher Residents, Mentor Teachers, and Drexel Site Directors (Drexel prepared employees who conduct the in-school observations of the Teacher Resident).

Praxis II Exams

Although the Praxis content exam is not required to explore the possibility of being a Teacher Resident or the initial interview processes, the successful PTR candidate will have passed the appropriate Praxis II Exam for their desired area of teacher certification by the School District's deadline date (currently set for mid-March 2020). When registering for the Praxis (ETS' Praxis Website), be sure to list Drexel University (code 2194) as a score recipient. If you do sit for the exam within PA's borders, be sure to also include the PDE (code 8033) as a score recipient. More information regarding this is provided to the candidates during a PTR Information Session meeting you will need to arrange with Dr. Larry Keiser (keiser@drexel.edu).

Background Clearances Required Prior to Starting Drexel program

If you are accepted for the PTR teacher certification program at Drexel for June 2021, 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 a PA Instructional I Teaching Certificate. It is estimated that the Teacher Resident would be responsible for the approximate $3,000 cost of the PTR Teacher Residency Program. Grant aid and other financial aid financing options are available. Drexel has people who can assist you covering that cost next year. These include the Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, and Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans. Please contact Dr. Larry Keiser (keiser@drexel.edu) for specifics.

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

To apply to the Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) Program, please contact the Program Manager, Barbara Kampf (bjk322@drexel.edu). It is planned that in early November 2020, Ms. Kampf will conduct scheduled, hour-long, PTR Information Sessions via a Zoom video conference. Specific dates and times for the PTR Information Session dates will be forthcoming:

  • November 2020 (Date: TBD, Time: TBD)
  • December 2020 (Date: TBD, Time: TBD)
  • January 2021 (Date: TBD, Time: TBD)

Application Requirements

PTR Candidates who successfully complete the Drexel and School District interview process, as well as pass the appropriate Praxis content exam for their area of initial teacher certification, will be provided a special application link to make formal application to Drexel University's Graduate School as a PTR Teacher Resident. These candidates will need to submit the following materials at that time:

  • Completed PTR application
  • Well-written essay
  • Current Resume
  • 2 to 3 letters of recommendation
  • Praxis II Score (Drexel’s code is 2194)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended to date

Please contact Barbara Kampf (bjk322@drexel.edu) regarding any immediate questions about the Drexel's PTR Program.