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Career Partnership with Philadelphia Teacher Residency


City Year is proud to partner with the Philadelphia Teacher Residency so our alumni can continue to make a difference in classrooms and in the lives of students. This partnership reflects the shared visions and values of both organizations, and their belief that young people can keep students on track to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. City Year strengthens an applicant’s competitiveness and chances for being selected for the Philadelphia Teacher Residency.


Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) is a teacher preparation program for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals and graduates who want to teach math and science in Philadelphia’s high need schools (grades 6-12). For a full school year, program participants (Residents) will learn at the elbow of experienced teachers in Philadelphia secondary school classrooms. At the same time, they will take coursework at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) or Drexel University's School of Education to earn both a Master’s Degree and Pennsylvania teacher certification. PTR is a program of the Philadelphia Education Fund in partnership with Penn GSE and Drexel's School of Education.

The City Year experience is a strong indicator of future success at PTR and serving a year with City Year strengthens an applicant’s application and chances for being selected as a Philadelphia Teacher Resident.

Click here to learn more about the Philadelphia Teacher Residency experience.

Benefits offered by the Philadelphia Teacher Residency 

  • An extended pre-service experience: PTR uses the residency model.  Pre-service teachers spend a year in the field learning full-time with a classroom-based mentor while they are working on certification and Masters' degree completion.

  • Continued mentoring during induction period.  As our Residents transition to their own classrooms, PTR continues to provide in-field content area mentoring and electronic support.  Additionally,  multiple events are planned for teacher collaboration.
  • Financial Support.  Our partner universities provide opportunities for grants, loans, and reduced tuition.  Additionaly, small stipends are available to help offset living expenses.

  • Access to scholarships from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education to attain Masters degree (Note: City Year has a separate give a year Partnership with the Penn GSE. City Year corps members and alumni interested in applying to be a Philadelphia Teacher Resident are also eligible to be considered for the give a year scholarship)

  • Ongoing  networking opportunities with other residents

To Apply

  • Click here to submit your resume only to begin the application process.

  • For the 2015 cohort, applications are accepted on a rolling basis with four review dates throughout the year: January 31, 2015, March 7, 2015, April 25, 2015, and May 30, 2015.

  • City Year corps members and alumni should highlight their City Year experience on their resume as part of application materials and contact Recruitment Manager from Philadelphia Teacher Residency at to identify your City Year affiliation after submission of your application.

To Contact the Admissions Office

Call 215.665.1400 ext. 3326.

Please note that all admissions decisions are made by Philadelphia Teacher Residency. Corps members and alumni interested in the residency program must complete the full application process.