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Penn Graduate School of Education

The Collaboratory for Teacher Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education

Become a Teacher

Word cloud graphic of an apple comprised of words about teaching and educationOur teacher education programs prepare highly qualified teachers, ready to transform education using student-centered practices in a variety of school settings. All programs emphasize our commitments to diversity and equity, practice, and inquiry.


We offer multiple routes to a career in teaching. Use the tabs below to find the best program for you.

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Urban Teaching Apprenticeship

Earn initial Pre-K-12 certification in 10 months while apprenticing in an experienced teacher’s classroom in a wide range of schools in Philadelphia.

Urban Teaching Residency

Earn Pre-K-12 certification in 2 years while working as a teacher, teacher’s aide, or TFA Corps member in an urban school in Philadelphia.

Independent School Teaching Residency

Become a teacher for grades 7-12 in an independent day or boarding school in a program that combines a 2-year, school-based fellowship with weekend and summer classes.

Obtain PA certification
Learn while working as an employee in a school
Learn under the guidance of an experienced teacher
Teach in an urban public or charter school
Teach in an independent or private school
Earn a master’s degree

Submatriculate into an M.S.Ed. program*

*A special option available to Penn, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore juniors and seniors.

Upon completing your degree, you can continue your Penn GSE learning with additional certifications and certificate programs.

Additional PA Certifications

Additional Penn Certificates