Do You Want to Become a Teacher?

Do you want to become a teacher and make an immediate impact?

The Mastery Teacher Residency is the perfect opportunity for aspiring educators, including recent college graduates and career changers who want to make an immediate impact in the lives of students. In partnership with Relay’s Graduate School of Education, Residents embark on a two-year program of high-quality teacher training while also getting hands on teaching experience from the very beginning.


Key Components of the Residency:

  • After a successful first year in the Residency, participants will be prepared to transition into a full-time lead teaching position at Mastery and earn their teaching certification.
  • Residents will complete their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree during their second year.
  • Residents are placed in Elementary classrooms or Secondary Math, English Language Arts, Science and Special Education content areas.


The Residency is an innovative pathway into a core teaching position at Mastery. Apply today!

Teacher Residency Program Overview



Years to Become A Certified Teacher


Teacher Residents Hired for '17-'18


Masters Degree Earned By Each Resident
  • A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Relay, an innovative program focused on practice-based teaching methods and new educator support (Tuition will not exceed $18,000 for both MAT and certification, and in most cases will be significantly less through generous scholarships and tuition support by Mastery, AmeriCorps and Relay);
  • A Pennsylvania teaching certificate (pending successful completion of Praxis and Basic Skills tests);
  • Full-time salary and benefits with a pathway into hiring after a successful first year in the program;
  • Extensive weekly training and deliberate practice sessions in proven, highly-effective teaching techniques;
  • A Residency year, allowing Residents an opportunity to engage with expert teachers and best practices, in preparation for a lead teaching position
  • Commit to ongoing professional development in the spirit of continuous improvement
  • Work with lead teachers to do the following:
    • Implement curriculum and utilize classroom routines and procedures with consistency
    • Analyze student assessment data to measure progress and use data to inform instruction
    • Engage families in their children’s education by building relationships and maintaining regular communication
    • Other responsibilities as requested
  • Provide small group instruction to students for academic support
  • Collaborate in grade level teams to discuss student work, share best practices, plan events for joy and humor, and ensure student mastery of standards
  • As instructional and classroom management skills gradually increase, you may be responsible for providing whole group instruction to students
  • Bachelor’s degree required with a record of personal, professional, and/or academic achievement (Official copy of transcript is required for application to Relay. Please submit official or unofficial copy to Mastery)
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Please reach out if your undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0
    • A passing score on the relevant Praxis II exam is a condition to attend the first day of class at Relay (Please submit your score report to Mastery. You will be asked to upload your report when you apply to Relay)
  • Commitment to and experience (preferable) working with underserved communities
  • Determination to drive student achievement and set high expectations for all students
  • Demonstrated expertise in subject area

"I made the choice to join the Mastery Relay Residency because I realized that I wanted to make a difference within the educational system. I am thankful that I made the choice and thanks to the Relay Residency, I know why I teach."

Aaron Rhock, 2016 Resident Teacher, McGraw Elementary


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Now accepting new student applications for our Philadelphia schools for the 2019-2020 school year!









Now accepting new student applications for our Philadelphia schools for the 2019-2020 school year!