Chatham University

Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps

The Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps (PUTC) is a teacher residency program developed by Propel Schools and Chatham University. The PUTC is for individuals who are committed to social justice and equity in education and have a passion for making a 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 working in a wide range of professions to receive formal training, certification and a guided path toward teaching at Propel.

Selected candidates will spend their first year completing academic coursework through Chatham University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program and serving as teaching apprentices supported by a Propel mentor, earning a monthly stipend plus health benefits. At the completion of the program, successful candidates will then spend three years as full-time, salaried Propel teachers with their own classrooms, positively impacting the lives of students.

Please visit for a sample residency timeline and a full list of program benefits.

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 University*
  • Eligibility for Middle Level Certification (grades 4-8)/Secondary Certification (grades 7-12)
  • Stipend, health insurance, professional development and mentorship
  • Three years of full-time employment with Propel Schools for successful candidates
  • Belonging to a team of educators with a track record of making a difference in the lives of children
  • An opportunity to change your own life

*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 at


  • Bachelor's degree in History, Science, Mathematics, English or program with comparable coursework from an accredited college or university
  • 3.0 GPA/4.0 scale
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education clearances Act 34 (criminal), Act 151 (Child Abuse) and FBI Criminal History Verified Arrest/Conviction Report and negative TB test
  • 2+ years prior experience working with children in an urban setting strongly preferred
  • Passion for social justice and youth empowerment

Application Dates

  • May 1, 2017 - Application period opens (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
  • Ongoing – Video interviews due within 7 days
  • August 15, 2017 - Deadline for PUTC Applications
  • September 13, 2017 - Round Robin Interview Session 1*
  • September 20 2017 - Round Robin Interview Session 2*
  • October 9, 2017 - Round Robin Interview Session 3*
  • October 11, 2017 – Deadline for Chatham Applications**
  • February 22-23, 2018 - Boot Camp: Two days of intensive interviews to select 30 Corps members
  • March 1, 2018 - Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps announced

  • *Applicants will attend only one of the Round Robin interview sessions as assigned
  • **Webinar for Chatham needs to be completed by October 11, 2017.

About Propel Schools

Propel has become one of the largest, fastest-expanding set of charter schools in Pennsylvania, with the highest level of student achievement among PA public school districts serving high poverty, resource poor areas throughout the Pittsburgh region. Propel has become both a regional asset and a national model, providing measurable evidence of how innovative public schools can expand opportunities for children and revitalize communities. Learn more at

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