Transition to Teaching

Purpose

The goal of the Transition to Teaching Program (TTT) was to provide 40 highly qualified college graduates and mid-career changers with alternate routes to teaching certification for placement in Philadelphia’s Talent Development middle and high schools. The targeted academic areas are mathematics and science. The Philadelphia Education Fund, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and the School District of Philadelphia, provided an array of direct supports to guide the apprentices through a successful teaching experience and the teacher certification process. This comprehensive professional development program included an intensive three-week summer institute, ongoing training in pedagogy and curriculum, monthly mentoring by the Fund’s Adjunct Faculty, and Praxis examination study sessions. The Fund provided financial incentives including a cash stipend as well as contributions to colleges and universities toward reimbursement for certification course work.

Program Highlights

  • More than 100 applicants applied for Transition to Teaching positions
  • The School District’s Human Resources Office accepted 57 candidates
  • 100 percent of these candidates have strong science and math backgrounds
  • 22 candidates were placed in schools for the start of the 2002-2003 academic year