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DragonsTeach Middle Years
Empower the next generation!

Become a teacher. Change a life.

Our Mission

DragonsTeach Middle Years (DTMY) is a Drexel University program that allows students to keep their chosen major and become a certified middle years (grades 4-8) teacher. DTMY students experience teaching through inquiry-based instruction by taking education courses with their electives and serving in a local partner school for a student teaching co-op. This program addresses the local need for more qualified middle school teachers and provides students the opportunity to explore teaching.

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Maximize your Drexel degree

It's a true 2 for 1. Complete your Drexel degree, gain practical experience on co-op, and earn a teaching certification by graduation at no additional cost!

Build your resume with real, transferable experience

"When I see teaching experience on an applicant's resume, that reinforces their credibility immediately. There are few backgrounds that tie directly into so many product areas at our company.  Also, what's more Googley than spending time teaching the next generation?!
HR Specialist at Google

Experience the thrills of teaching first hand

- DTMY students participate in a student teaching co-op (funding available) and receive priority job placement at local partner schools, for no additional cost!
See how it works!

What our students are saying about DTMY

"Everyone is so helpful! There has never been a time where I didn’t receive help when I had questions. There are no worries here, I feel comfortable with both DTMY and my major.”
- DaiJzanaee Martinez-Black

“The program sets the tone for what a teaching career would really be like and you know right away if you’d prosper in that environment.”
-Melissa Comunale

How to join DTMY


For more information on the DragonsTeach Middle School Years Program, you can email the program manager at the address below:

David Appleton
Assistant Director for Undergraduate Affairs

How to Apply

You can enroll by registering for the introductory course ‘ESTM 201’. This 1.5 credit course is designed to expose students to the teaching realm and includes planning and delivering a lesson in a local elementary school. Register now

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Our Partnerships

DragonsTeach Middle Years is supported by

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Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP)

PSP is responsible for providing the vision and funding that made DragonsTeach Middle Years possible.

TNTP reimagine teaching

The New Teacher Project (TNTP)

From the start, TNTP has worked alongside Drexel’s School of Education to create the program model and curriculum.

Partner Schools

We asked our school partners to identify the most essential skills for new teachers and designed our training accordingly.

  • The School District of Philadelphia
  • KIPP Philadelphia
  • Scholars Academy
  • American Paradigm Schools
  • Independence Mission Schools
  • Mastery Charter Schools
  • Young Scholars Charter School
  • Science Leadership Academy Middle School
  • Greenfield Elementary School