Application FAQ

Working Educators’ Application FAQ

Who can apply?

The Urban Teaching Residency Program is now accepting applications from all individuals currently working as educators in urban school environments, such as teachers, aides, support staff, or substitute teachers.

Where do I begin my Penn GSE application?

Individuals can apply directly to Penn GSE. You do not have to apply through any other outside agency. The application for the Urban Teaching Residency Program can be accessed here. Please note a) your desired certification area and b) school site in your statement of purpose.  

What is the application fee?

There is no application fee for students applying to this program. 

What do I need to include in my application?

You will need to include:

  • A statement of purpose. Your statement of purpose should reflect your interest in studying education at the Graduate level and why you believe UTR is the right fit for you.
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation

What if I won’t have a final transcript by the application deadline?

If you won’t have your final transcript by the time you apply, submit your current transcript. You will then need to submit your final transcript, generally over by summer, before you can officially register for courses at GSE. 

Are any exams required for the application?

The GRE exams are not required for entry into this program.

What is the application deadline?

This program starts in the fall of each year. We accept applications on a rolling basis, until we are filled.

What are the requirements for fall enrollment?

In order to enroll in the first fall term, applicants must:

  • Hold at least a B.A. and have earned a 3.0 GPA at an accredited university or college,
  • Demonstrate highly qualified status to teach in assigned subject area and grade level by passing any and all required exams (e.g. Praxis, PECT), OR holding a current teaching certification,
  • Obtain and maintain a qualifying teaching placement for the duration of the program.


TFA Application FAQ

Where do I begin my Penn GSE application?

Working eduators can begin their applications here.

What is the application fee?

There is no application fee. 

What do I need to include in my application?

You will need to include:

  • A statement of purpose. Your statement of purpose should reflect your interest in studying education at the graduate level.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Your letters of recommendation should come from individuals who can speak to your ability to complete graduate-level coursework successfully. If possible, one should come from an administrator at your school site.

What if I won’t have a final transcript by the application deadline?

If you won’t have your final transcript by the time you apply, submit your current transcript. You will then need to submit your final transcript, generally over the summer, before you can officially register for courses at GSE. 

Are any exams required for the application?

UTR applicants  are not required to take the GRE exam, but must pass required PRAXIS and PECT exams. 

What is the application deadline?

There is a rolling application deadline for all students. Applications close briefly between July and August as we welcome each new cohort.  

What are the requirements for fall enrollment?

In order to enroll in the first fall term, applicants must:

  • Hold at least a B.A. and have earned a 3.0 GPA at an accredited university or college,
  • Demonstrate highly qualified status to teach in assigned subject area and grade level by passing any and all required exams (e.g. Praxis, PECT), OR holding a current teaching certification,
  • Obtain and maintain a qualifying teaching placement.