The Relay Teaching Residency: Philadelphia & Camden is a two-year program that includes an apprentice year, a master’s degree*, and recommendation for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate or a New Jersey Standard Teaching Certificate. Philadelphia & Camden is a high-priority Relay campus with an urgent need for diverse, dedicated teachers, and Relay Philadelphia & Camden offers qualified applicants support finding a local PK-12 school position through the Residency School Placement program.
*Graduate students in both Philadelphia and Camden will earn their master’s degree in New Jersey.
TUITION & AID
TWO-YEAR RESIDENCY PROGRAM TUITION & FEES: $36,000 ($18,000/year)
COST OF CERTIFICATION EXAMS*:
- PENNSYLVANIA: $520 – $615
- NEW JERSEY: $700 – $730
RELAY INSTITUTIONAL AID: $17,000
SEGAL AMERICORPS EDUCATION AWARD*: $11,500
STUDENT MAX OUT OF POCKET TUITION COST: $7,000
Students may qualify for additional institutional aid toward total out of pocket tuition. Payment Plans also available. Please contact Student Financial Services with any questions or for more information.
*The cost of certification exams are determined by the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Download the Relay Philadelphia & Camden Pennsylvania Certification Highlights Guide or New Jersey Certification Highlights Guide for an overview of certification requirements and costs.
*The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards further reduces the out-of-pocket cost of tuition for Residents. All Residents are expected to apply for AmeriCorps, regardless of prior AmeriCorps service. Residents must submit all paperwork to be eligible for the discounted tuition price of $6,500.
Belmont Charter School
Deep Roots Charter School
KIPP New Jersey
Mastery Charter Schools
School District of Philadelphia
English Language Arts (Grades 4-8)
English (Grades 7-12)
Mathematics (Grades 4-8)
Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
Science (Grades 4-8)
Science – Biology (Grades 7-12)
Science – Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
Science – General Science (Grades 7-12)
Science – Physics (Grades 7-12)
Social Studies (Grades 4-8)
Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
Secondary English Language Arts (Grades 5-12)
Secondary Mathematics (Grades 5-12)
Secondary Science (Grades 5-12)
Secondary Social Studies (Grades 5-12)
The Relay Teaching Residency: Philadelphia & Camden is a 36 credit hour program. Relay’s academic calendar and program structure are designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of graduate students who hold full-time positions in schools. We deliver about 40% of the content online and 60% in person so that graduate students have flexibility to complete large portions of the coursework when it is most convenient for their schedules.
In addition to online coursework, teachers will attend regular in-person sessions, including:
- A weekly session of deliberate practice with Relay Philadelphia & Camden faculty, in which residents have additional time to rehearse core techniques they are learning in the program;
- One 2.5-hour evening session per week;
- Approximately 1-2 Saturday sessions per term;
- A one-week summer session before the first year of the program; and
- A two-week summer session between the first and second years of the program.
Relay has three terms each year (summer, fall, and spring).
RELAY PHILADELPHIA & CAMDEN ADMISSIONS and CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the standard Relay Teaching Residency admissions and certification requirements, participants in the Relay Teaching Residency: Philadelphia & Camden program must meet the following campus-specific admissions and licensure requirements.
Relay Philadelphia & Camden works closely with some of the strongest public district schools and charter networks in Philadelphia and Camden to support teaching residents. We’re particularly interested in applicants who graduated from local schools and want to teach at their alma maters. Relay Philadelphia participates in the Residency School Placement program, working with Relay’s national recruiters to help qualified applicants find resident positions at partner PK-12 Philadelphia and Camden schools. Learn more about the Residency School Placement program.
A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for regular admission to Relay Philadelphia & Camden.
- Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 but at least 2.8 for Philadelphia teachers, and at least 2.75 for Camden teachers, may be considered for admission by submitting an additional letter of recommendation that explains their qualifications for admission to Relay. In New Jersey, teachers with a GPA below 2.75 are not eligible to be certified by the state.
- Non-Matriculation Status: Applicants from the state of Pennsylvania whose degree-conferred undergraduate transcript reflects a GPA of less than 2.8 in Pennsylvania, but of at least 2.5, will not be considered for regular admissions, but may be considered for non-matriculated enrollment. Learn more about non-matriculated status.
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AND TIMELINE
The Relay Teaching Residency program provides a pathway for alternate route licensure. Eligible applicants may receive a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate or a New Jersey Standard Teaching Certificate by completing this program and satisfying additional certification requirements.
Please note that certification steps occur prior to admission, during the program, and upon completion of the program. This information is important! Failure to pass certification exams and meet other certification criteria may result in loss of your teaching position and/or removal from the Relay Teaching Residency: Philadelphia & Camden program.
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Relay is approved to certify teachers by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is approved to certify teachers and offer master’s degrees by the state of New Jersey. Candidates at our Philadelphia & Camden campus will have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in Camden.