Teachers & School Counselors

LOVE your today.  Shape their tomorrow.

Creativity, innovation, and an intrinsic desire to improve the academic outcomes for all students are the heart of our approach to education. Our student body comes from a vast range of cultural, socioeconomic, and family backgrounds and we’re so thrilled you’re considering teaching or counseling in Philadelphia.

Applications for the 2022-23 SY and 2023-24 SY are open

To determine if you are eligible to be a teacher or counselor, please submit an application via the links below.  If you need help submitting an application, you can use our Application Guide.

Are you a current SDP employee?

Current SDP employees looking to transition to a teacher or counselor role can access the Teacher and/or Counselor application for eligibility via Taleo, which is accessible through the Employee Portal.  If you need help submitting an application, you can use our Application Guide for Internal Employees.

Talent Support Services Virtual Office Hours

TSS hosts virtual office hours on Monday’s, Tuesday’s, and Friday’s from 1PM-2PM EST via this Zoom Link.  Please join us if you want to learn more about becoming a teacher or counselor, need assistance with your application, or want to learn more about the School District of Philadelphia!  We look forward to meeting you.

Teacher Application Process

Already applied and are eligible? 

Check out the Site Selection Overview page.

Know a great teacher or counselor?

Do you know any experienced or aspiring teachers or school counselors that should work for the School District of Philadelphia? If so, please refer him or her here!

Specialty Teaching Opportunities

Check out additional information about the following Specialty Teaching roles on our Specialty Teaching website:

  • Reading Specialist
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, or Speech Impaired
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teachers
  • Demonstration Teachers
  • Remote Teaching Opportunities (click to view and apply to current openings)

Compensation and Benefits 

Teachers and Counselors are compensated with a 10 month salary, paid over 12 months. The salary for teachers is competitive and ranges from a minimum starting salary of $50,066. Salary credit is provided to teachers with two years or more of verified teaching experience. Click here for more information on our salary scale.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for Teachers and School Counselors that includes medical, dental and vision coverage along with wage continuation and life insurance. Benefits are administered through the School District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT).

Questions about certification? 

If you have questions about the certification you need for a position, or if you are enrolled in a certification program and would need an emergency permit for a position, check out our Certification page.

Resources and Information

Retention Bonuses

The School District of Philadelphia is offering retention bonuses to teachers and counselors working in 32 schools.  Individuals appointed at the following schools on September 1, 2022 and remain appointed through the last day of the 2022-2023 academic year will receive $2500 stipends.  Those teachers and counselors will receive an additional $2500 if they are appointed September 1, 2022 and remain appointed through August 30, 2024.  Teachers working at the following schools are eligible for these bonuses:

School Name
Clemente, Roberto Middle Schl
McDaniel, Delaplaine School
Cassidy, Lewis C Academics Plus
Sullivan, James J. School
Blankenburg, Rudolph School
Anderson, Add B. School
Welsh, John School
Spring Garden School
Tilden Middle School
Mastbaum, Jules E. High School
Longstreth, William C. School
The LINC
Sheridan, Philip H. School
Comegys, Benjamin B. School
Marshall, John School
Kenderton Elementary
Gideon, Edward School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Stearne, Allen M. School
Cooke, Jay Elementary School
Blaine, James G. School
Strawberry Mansion High School
Bryant, William C. School
Kelley, William D. School
Morris, Robert School
Pennell, Joseph Elementary
Kensington Health Sciences
MYA-Middle Years Alternative
Philadelphia Military Academy
Hamilton, Andrew School
Edison, Thomas A. High School
Hartranft, John F. School