Relay Philadelphia & Camden

Philadelphia is known for having walkable, lively and unique neighborhoods with a character that is reflected in cultural diversity and expansive public art. Camden is known for having a beautiful riverfront as well as an expansive network in medicine and education.
Ben Franklin Bridge
Senior Dean Shemanne Davis
Professor Zach Blattner with Relay graduate students
Relay graduate students

About Relay Philadelphia & Camden

Philadelphia is a city steeped in the history of our nation’s independence yet continues to be on the forefront of progress in business, medicine and education. Located across the Delaware River, Camden is a historic industrial center undergoing a period of rapid urban renewal with a vast amount of resources dedicated to improving educational outcomes in the city. Relay Philadelphia & Camden currently offers the following programs in public, charter and parochial schools: Relay Teaching Residency, Graduate Alternate Route Certification, Certificate in Special Education, Dual Certificate and a Master’s of Arts in teaching.





AVERAGE TEACHER SALARY: $58,860 (Philadelphia),  $58,860 (Camden)
RESIDENT* SALARY RANGE:  $35,000  40,000 (Philadelphia),  
$35,000  42,000 (Camden)


Relay Teaching Residency
Graduate Alternate Route Certification
Certificate in Special Education



Download the Pennsylvania Certification Highlights Guide and the New Jersey Certification Highlights Guide for information about certification requirements and timelines.

Dean Dr. Alaina Harper

Dean Dr. Alaina Harper

As the dean of Relay Philadelphia & Camden, Dr. Alaina Harper is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all children by supporting teachers and identifying intersections between pedagogical content knowledge and practice. Dean Harper’s work and educational background are founded in supporting educators. Prior to Relay, Dean Harper worked with the school leadership team at KIPP Academy in the Bronx, New York. Dean Harper has also obtained a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.) from Harvard University, a M.S.T. in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University, and a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania.

City Highlights

Get to know Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey.




In Philadelphia visit Old City to see a handful of the most historical landmarks in the United States including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House. It’s rewarding to plan a trip in advance with a guided tour or spontaneously explore on your own -- the history is undeniable!

For those looking for more outdoor-based activities, Philadelphia is home to Fairmount Park, which has more than 9,200 acres of open space and trails. To get there, take a trip up the Schuylkill River Trail, a multi-purpose path open to both bikers and pedestrians with beautiful views of the downtown skyline and Schuylkill River. Also located across Philadelphia are 100’s of multiple-story murals that connect to the cultural and historical roots of the city.

Camden is home to the Adventure Aquarium, an extensive and long-standing aquatic attraction. Located on the shores of the Delaware River in Camden is also the historic USS New Jersey, a fully preserved battleship from World War II. Camden also hosts a variety of critically acclaimed local restaurants such as Fresh and Co., Camden Deli and The Drouthy Bear. Take a walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge to get a feel of both cities and experience excellent views.   


Many residents of Philadelphia do not have a car and rely on public transportation to get around. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates buses, subways, and a commuter rail that provide access to most areas of the city.

Although New Jersey Transit does provide routes around Camden, a car is likely needed for those living or teaching in Camden.

Contact Information


Relay Philadelphia & Camden
100 W. Oxford St., Suite 2100 E
Philadelphia, PA 19122