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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 a non-selective admission public school in the District.

Please click here to view slides from our Teacher Residency Program Info Session!

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.

Nicolette Tuono is currently working at H.A. Brown (K-8) School teaching English to middle school students. She graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in Communications.

Click here to learn more about Nicolette Tuono.

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

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:


  • 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: April 24, 2018