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Teacher Residency

School District of Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program

The Philadelphia Teacher Residency is a one-year, full-time teacher preparation program that recruits talented college graduates and career changers and gives them the tools needed to make an immediate impact in the classrooms of the School District of Philadelphia.

Combining a year-long classroom apprenticeship with exceptional teachers and targeted certification coursework, the residency will prepare you to be a life-changing teacher.  The cost of the program is waived for participants who commit to three years of teaching at an SDP school.

The Resident Timeline

About the Residency:

The residency begins with an intensive summer institute, designed to prepare residents with the skills and knowledge needed to serve as part of a teacher team on day one of the school year.

Residents then spend the entire academic year in a graduate-level program, learning to teach in a collaborative mentoring environment. Residents are assigned to an academic department and grade level team and work under the close guidance of experienced educators. Residents devote one evening to completing the rigorous graduate-level coursework. This combination helps Residents link classroom experience to relevant theory and research, learn and rehearse new instructional practices, and ground their own learning in their students’ learning and school context.

How to Prepare:

The Residency prepares teachers for:

  • All Grades (PK – 12)
  • Priority on Math, Science and English Language Arts

Eligible candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree by the start of the program
  • GPA 3.0 (2.8 for exceptional candidates)
  • Pass Take Praxis (see Testing Guide)
  • Commit to teaching at an SDP school (non-charter) for 3 years after residency year
  • Meet all SDP employment requirements including state and federal background checks

Last modified: August 10, 2017