Driven to teach in an urban environment?
Committed to social justice in education?
Determined to make a difference in students' lives?
If so, Chatham University and Propel Schools have an opportunity for students seeking a master's in teaching to make an immediate impact in the schools and communities that can benefit from it most. Better yet – our partnership means your work will come at no out-of-pocket tuition cost for your education.
The Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps (PUTC) is a unique teacher-residency program that was developed by Propel Schools and Chatham University. The program prepares individuals to be teachers who are committed to social justice and equity in education. Successful participants finish the program as Pennsylvania-certified teachers with three years of teaching experience and the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of students and communities impacted by poverty and race.
Through the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps, Propel Schools has created an opportunity for individuals from a wide range of professions to earn a career-changing master's degree in education tuition free (Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Chatham is valued at $40,000). Candidates receive formal training, certification, and a guided path toward teaching math and/or science at Propel Schools (English Language Arts certification may also be available through this program.)
Selected candidates will complete academic coursework from Chatham University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and serve as teaching apprentices supported by a Propel mentor for a full year. All candidates earn a monthly stipend ($1,350) and health benefits. At the completion of their apprentice year, they will impact the lives of students in a three-year, full-time, salaried teaching position at Propel Schools.
Please visit pghurbanteachers.org for a sample residency timeline and a full list of program benefits.
Benefits provided by the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps include:
Fully funded tuition for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from Chatham*
Middle Level Certification (grades 4-8) or Secondary Certification (grades 7-12)
$20,000 stipend to help cover living expenses plus health insurance
Three years of full-time employment with Propel Schools
Support from fellow PUTC members who contribute diverse backgrounds and interests
Mentorship & personalized professional development from an accomplished educator team
*Participants are responsible for obtaining PA certification, books and other fees. In addition to PUTC funding opportunity, M.A. in Teaching students can also utilize federal funding programs to help offset the costs of tuition or qualify for student loan forgiveness. Read more »
LaVaughn Wesley, MAT '16, is making a difference through Chatham University and Propel Schools. Read more about Mr. Wesley's background, approach to teaching, his impact on Propel McKeesport students, and what his students think of him as an educator and mentor on the Chatham Views blog.
They know my story. And, together, we're building theirs. I always tell them, 'You can succeed no matter where you come from.' And, as long as they keep showing up, listening, and working hard, I'm going to help them get there.
– LaVaughn Wesley, MAT '16
* Applicants will attend only one of the Round Robin interview sessions as assigned
** Webinar for Chatham needs to be completed by October 11, 2017
A partnership for the future of urban education
With the PUTC, participants get a one-of-a-kind experience that's just as much about hands-on experience as it is about theory and practice, and that wouldn't be possible without a partnership between Propel Schools and Chatham University.
Established in 1869, Chatham University is consistently ranked as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report and prides itself on preparing men and women for lives of purpose, value and fulfilling work. Founded in 2003, Propel is among the largest, fastest-growing federations of charter schools in Pennsylvania, with one of the highest levels of student achievement among Pennsylvania public school districts serving low-income communities.
APPLY TODAY AT PGHURBANTEACHERS.ORG