Propel Schools

Special Education Masters With Propel Teacher Residency Program

3+ months agoPittsburgh, PA

Special Education Masters with Propel Teacher Residency Program

Propel Schools is seeking individuals who are ready to commit to a career in teaching Special Education. 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 Special Education teacher certification program that trains, supports, and certifies individuals so they can provide high-quality education for children. Propel offers both the Masters of Education program (42 credits for candidates who do not hold any teaching certification) and the Masters of Arts program (30 credits for candidates who already hold a teaching certification).

Program Overview:

In the first year of the program, each resident receives a generous $2,000 monthly stipend and full scholarship to Point Park University. Graduate level coursework begins in August 2021.

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 Point Park coursework.

Years 2-4

After the first year, successful residents 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. Graduate coursework concludes in the Spring of 2023 and successful candidates obtain their PreK-12 Special Education Certification and graduate from the Master’s Program.

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 certified Special Education educators 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.

Propel is seeking hardworking, dedicated, and passionate individuals who are interested in earning their Special Education teaching certificate and Master\u0027s in Special Education to apply for the Propel Teacher Residency Program Special Education track.


  • Fully funded tuition for a Master of Education or Masters of Arts through Point Park University
  • Eligibility for Special Education Certification PK-12
  • External candidates will receive a $2,000 stipend per month, plus the cost of individual health care for the 1st Residency year (You will not be an employee of Propel Schools for the 1st year).
  • Year-long Professional development and mentorship
  • Three years of required full-time employment as a Special Education Teacher with Propel Schools upon successful program completion
  • Opportunity to have a significant impact on the lives of students

  • Individuals may already hold a Level I or II General Education Certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education clearances Act 34 (Criminal), Act 151 (Child Abuse), FBI Criminal History and negative TB test
  • Bachelor Degree with minimum GPA of 3.0

There will be a total of 3 recruitment processes for Special Education 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.

Candidates who are selected from the Propel Teacher Residency-Special Education Program will start the 2020 - 2021 School Year in June with Asynchronous coursework from Point Park Unversity. In-person classroom student obligations start August 2nd, 2021.

Internal applicants who are currently Teachers, Building Substitutes or Paraprofessionals may maintain their current position and salary while moving through the program.
Internal applicants, please make sure you are logged in via our internal portal prior to starting your application.

Job ID: PropelSchools-PROPE02268