Relay Teaching Residency: Philadelphia & Camden

Dean of Relay Philadelphia & Camden Shemanne Davis gestures during a teacher workshop.

The Relay Teaching Residency is a groundbreaking teacher-preparation program that offers a unique and powerful pathway for aspiring teachers to begin a long-term career in the classroom.

Two female graduate students work together in class.

During the two-year program, teaching residents experience a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession, and become qualified for a full-time teaching position at a high-performing public school in Philadelphia or Camden.

In their first year, teaching residents immerse themselves in their schools, working directly with students under the close supervision of a master Resident Advisor. Residents simultaneously enroll in Relay, where they take classes on core teaching techniques and content-specific instruction, then rehearse those techniques and receive expert feedback during weekly Deliberate Practice sessions. Successful first-year residents transition into lead teaching roles in the second year of the program.

Upon completion of the program, teaching residents will have a portfolio of professional achievements, a toolkit of practical teaching strategies, and two years of full-time work experience in a supportive urban public school. Successful residents emerge from the program with a Pennsylvania or New Jersey teaching certificate.

Relay works closely with some of the strongest public schools, charter networks, and other educational organizations in the United States — including Belmont Charter School, KIPP New Jersey, KIPP Philadelphia SchoolsMastery Charter Schools, St. Malachy, School District of Philadelphia, and Uncommon Schools (Camden Prep) — to place residents in dynamic and supportive public schools in Philadelphia and Camden. We’re particularly interested in applicants who graduated from Philadelphia and Camden-area schools and want to return to teach.

Acknowledgement of Support

The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. All Teaching Residents will have the opportunity to serve as AmeriCorps members and will complete the AmeriCorps application process. For more information on AmeriCorps at Relay, please email

Dean of Philadelphia and Camden, Shemanne Davis, instructs a class.