Discover your Path in Philadelphia Education!
The Pathways tool will help you navigate the process to become a certified teacher in Pennsylvania — no matter where you’re starting from. Find out what you need to make an impact as a Philadelphia educator.FIND YOUR PATH
If you have questions regarding the certification process, contact the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality.
Your Pathway to Teaching
Are you a teacher?
What is your level of education?
Pathways to Teaching
How do you want to enter the classroom?Continue to next step
These universities below are all located in or around Philadelphia and offer teacher certification and master’s level programs that will prepare you to become an educator. Most of these are designed as two-year programs that include coursework, placement in schools for student teaching experiences, and preparation for the Pennsylvania teacher certification requirements. Learn more about each program by clicking on its box.Continue to next step
Residency programs are intensive training programs designed to prepare future teachers to work in Philadelphia classrooms while earning their teaching certification (and often a Master’s degree) at often redacted rates and receiving salary and benefits. All teacher residents work alongside an experienced mentor teacher for a full academic year while taking closely-aligned coursework.
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The alternative routes below get you in the classroom right away. To be a full time teacher of record immediately you must be eligible for an Emergency Permit or a Teacher Intern Certification. Learn more about these alternative routes below.Continue to next step
Pre-Certification Teaching Opportunities
Below are opportunities for you to experience the teaching field before you decide to pursue certification. These include two AmeriCorps Programs in Philadelphia: City Year, where you can serve as a success coach, a tutor, and a mentor, and Joyful Readers, where you can serve as a reading tutor. Or you can serve as a Teacher Apprentice at one of two area charter schools. Learn more about these opportunities by selecting one of these options.Continue to next step
Bachelor's Degree with Certification
The local universities below have undergraduate programs that equip you to earn a bachelor's degree and teaching credential. On this pathway, you will get clinical experience, take certification tests and apply for certification as part of the program. Learn more about each school, like their tuition and financial aid, by selecting one.
Alternative Undergraduate Programs
The resources below support undergraduate students in colleges across Philadelphia. Learn more about each resource by selecting one.
CCP’s Educator Pathway Program: Enrolling in an associate's program, such as CCP’s Educator Pathway Program, which prepares you to transfer to a bachelor’s program.Visit CCP
Paraprofessionals - College Unbound: You can earn a Bachelor's degree by enrolling in College Unbound. This two-year program is for District paraprofessionals who have at least 60 college credits and confers a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and ChangeVisit College Unbound
Undergrad Resources and Opportunities
College students who are considering a teaching career but not necessarily majoring in education can gain hands-on experience and support through one of these programs.
City Year Philadelphia: This AmeriCorps gives you an opportunity to serve as success coaches, tutor, and mentor in Philadelphia schools while getting paid. City Year Corps Members must must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.Visit City Year Philadelphia
Freedom Schools Literacy Academy: Serving as a Servant Leader Apprentice (SLA) or a Junior Servant Leader Apprentice for the Freedom Schools Literacy Academy. Run by the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED), the Academy provides after school programming and summer programs, many hosted by Mastery Schools. (Important Note: SLAs and JSLAs are eligible for CBED’s Black Teacher Pipeline Fellowship, which provides coaching and “last dollar” scholarship funding to individuals pursuing an education degree and teacher certification.)Visit FSLA
Black Teacher Pipeline Fellowship: If you are a college student participating in the Teaching Academy or the Freedom Schools Literacy Academy of the Center for Black Educator Development, you are eligible for this Fellowship, which provides academic support, professional coaching, scholarships, and additional benefits.Visit Black Teacher Pipeline Fellowship
The Octavius Catto Scholarship at Community College of Philadelphia: If you are considering Community College of Philadelphia as a full-time student and meet the scholarship’s income guidelines, you might be eligible for the Catto Scholarship at CCP. Catto Scholars have access to funds for tuition and other expenses, coaching, and connections to non-academic support services.Visit Octavius Catto Scholarship
Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia: Breakthrough offers college students a hands-on teaching experience at the middle school level over a summer or an entire school year.Visit Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia
There are programs available to high school students that can help you get started on your pathway to becoming a teacher. Click below to explore each program and what they have to offer, including college credit, paid opportunities, or financial aid.
Teaching Experiences &
These organizations provide high school students with teaching experiences. Learn more about each experience by selecting one.
Freedom Schools Literacy Academy: The Center for Black Educator Development hosts an eight-week summer pre-apprenticeship program for aspiring high school and college-aged educators. In FSLA, you will have an opportunity to help younger people of African descent develop their literacy skills while you benefit from professional development, observations, and coaching.Visit FSLA
CTE at SLA Beeber: As an SLA Beeber student you can start taking courses that put you on a path to becoming a teacher while you are still in high school. The program starts in 11th grade, and includes dual enrollment college credit.Visit SLA Beeber
College Programs for High School Students: If you are a School District of Philadelphia high school student, Cheyney University’s Aspire to Educate program and Temple University’s Education Scholars program provide you with fee-free exposure to teaching careers. Both programs run the entire duration of the school year. Temple University’s Learning to Learn–and Teach programming runs during the school year and in the summer, and is an opportunity for you to learn about how you yourself learn, and how you can teach others all while earning college credit.Visit Cheyney University’s Aspire to Educate Visit Temple University’s Education Scholars Visit Temple University’s Learning to Learn–and Teach
WorkReady Philadelphia: If you are 14 years old or older, you can find internships, job opportunities, and career workshops through WorkReady Philadelphia. Education and Childcare participating organizations include: Asian Americans United, Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, CORA Services, Concilio, and Somerset Academy Learning Center.Visit WorkReady Philadelphia
Are you a certified?
Certified means you have a valid instructional certificate in the grade level and subject area you want to teach from any state department of education.
Are you a certified in Pennsylvania or out-of-state?
Certified in PA means you have a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate in the respective grade level, and endorsements in respective subject area
Do you have a Level 1 or Level 2 Certification?
You can look up your certificate information in TIMS
Level 2 Certification
Congrats! You can teach with a Level 2 Certificate!
Remember to keep your certificate active.