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Teacher Residency

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to building a teacher residency program that is culturally diverse and strongly encourages applications from Black/African-American, Latinx and Spanish-fluent candidates.

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 reduced for participants who commit to three years of teaching at a non-selective admission public school in the District.

Teacher Residency Program Spotlight

The Teacher Residency Program Spotlight is a designed to showcase our residents doing what they love most – teaching. Every month we will highlight a different teacher resident to illustrate the ways in which Philadelphia’s new educators care for their students and communities.

Takeisha Parks is currently working at Frankford High School teaching English. She is a graduate of Lincoln University with a degree in English Liberal Arts and her favorite literary work is The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore. Ms. Parks is also dual certified in high school English and Biology.

Click here to learn more about Takeisha Parks.

To view past Teacher Residency Spotlight profiles, please click the Resident’s name: Natalie Dixon, David Frazier, Zhuljeta Bardhi, Jessica Beaver, Alma Sheppard-Matsuo, Nicolette Tuono

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 with one of our partners, 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 program’s rigorous graduate 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 Apply:

  • PASS PRAXIS EXAM BEFORE APPLYING TO RESIDENCY

  • Please email passing Praxis exam score to teacherresidency@philasd.org
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree by the start of the program
  • Commit to teaching at a non-selective admission public school in the District for 3 years after residency year
  • Meet all SDP employment requirements including state and federal background

Last modified: June 29, 2018