Propel Teacher Residency Program (2021 - 2022 School Year)
Propel Schools is seeking individuals who are ready to commit to a career in teaching. At Propel schools, we believe that educators must be passionate about equity and excellence to fulfill our mission of catalyzing the transformation of public education so that all children have access to high performing public schools. The Propel Teacher Residency Program (PTRP) is a fully funded alternative route to teacher certification that trains, supports, and certifies individuals in either Secondary math or science so they can provide high-quality education for children. If you’ve always had a desire to teach but didn’t know where to start, this may be the right place for you.
In the first year of the program, each resident receives a generous $2,000 monthly stipend and full scholarship to Point Park University. Point Park University is the only Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)-recognized institution in Pennsylvania that offers an American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) program. ABCTE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to putting qualified professionals in the classroom through a state-approved alternative teacher certification program.
Residents work alongside a Propel educator during the week, receive individualized coaching support and professional development from the Residency Team, and have one day a week dedicated to ABCTE and Point Park coursework.
After the first year, you will be placed as a permanent Full-Time Educator(starting salary is $48,000, plus full benefits after the initial year of residency) within Propel Schools.
Propel Schools developed a rigorous full-time educator training initiative to tackle a critical challenge — recruiting, developing, and retaining quality educators. The Propel Teacher Residency Program prepares educators for culturally responsive teaching and meeting the instructional needs of all scholars. Successful participants finish the program as Pennsylvania secondary certified teachers with three years of teaching experience. Participants also gain the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of scholars and communities impacted by poverty and race.
Propel Schools also recognizes that educators of color boost overall academic performance and help to close the achievement gap for scholars of color (80% of Propel scholars are minorities). Therefore, we strongly encourage persons of color to consider this opportunity and apply.
Pennsylvania Certifications offered for Propel Schools through the ABCTE (American Board for Teacher Certification and Excellence) program include:
- Chemistry 7-12
- Biology 7-12
- Mathematics 7-12
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
- Pennsylvania Department of Education clearances Act 34 (Criminal), Act 151 (Child Abuse), Act 114 (FBI Criminal History) and negative TB test
- Is not currently enrolled in, nor has completed, a teacher preparation or certification program
- 2+ years experience working with children in an urban setting strongly preferred
- Fully funded American Board for Certification Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) track
- Fully funded Point Park tuition and mentorship
- Stipend to help cover living expenses ($2000 per month) plus health insurance
- First full year of mentorship through residency with an experienced Propel educator and the PTRP Team
- Three years of full-time employment with Propel Schools upon successful completion of the residency year
There will be a total of 3 recruitment processes for Teacher Residency. It is encouraged for you to apply to the earliest application deadline in or to increase your chances of being selected.
First Application deadline: February 5th, 2021
Second Application deadline: March 31st, 2021
Final Application deadline: May 28th, 2021
All applicants must complete this application by the deadline date to be considered.
Candidates who are selected from the Propel Teacher Residency Program will start the 2021 - 2022 School Year in August.
Internal applicants, please make sure you are logged in via our internal portal prior to starting your application.