Teacher Residency Program

The Teacher Residency Program is an intensive training program designed to prepare future teachers to work in School District of Philadelphia classrooms while earning their teaching certification (and often a Master’s degree). All teacher residents work alongside an experienced mentor teacher for a full academic year while taking closely-aligned coursework with one of our residency partners. Residents commit to working as SDP teachers of record for at least three years following their residency year.

The Residency:

  • Trains aspiring educators to teach Math, Science, English Language Arts, Spanish or Special Education in grades 6-12 classrooms
  • Provides a yearlong teacher preparation model
  • Prepares residents for Pennsylvania State Instructional I certification
  • Leverages graduate coursework, which often leads to a Master’s degree

Program Benefits:

  • Salary of $38,611 plus full benefits
  • $7,500 tuition stipend
  • Cohort model
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Support with job placement within SDP

Program Requirements:

  • Desire to impact kids
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Passing Praxis
  • Co-enrollment in a partner teacher certification program

Teacher Resident Testimonials

“The residency program is the pathway into being a classroom teacher.  Working side-by-side with a mentor teacher for a year leads to a gradual increase in responsibilities, perfectly preparing me for leading my own classroom next year.” -Steve (2020-21 Relay Teacher Resident)

If I had the chance to go through TTR again I would. Through this program, I have gained a thorough knowledge of the district, priceless experience in the classroom, and a large community of support. I will forever be grateful for my TTR experience.

Teacher Resident Abby




“I appreciate the Para Pathways Program for making me feel like my experience in the District as a paraprofessional was valuable. They saw me as a valued educator before I had the title of teacher and I appreciate that.  TR Hope McDowall

Becoming a certified special education teacher through the Temple Teacher Residency program was a journey that prepared me for the day I’d have my own classroom. Building lasting connections and support from my cohort and professors. Everyone was invested in my success. Gemayel Keyes