Teaching at KIPP


You Belong at KIPP Philly!

You will be given the freedom to innovate in your classroom, as well as the support, coaching and professional development necessary to grow as an educator and hone your craft. Every day, our teachers are transforming public education in the city of Philadelphia and proving that zip code does not determine destiny.

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A culture of sharing and collaboration

We Believe

At KIPP Philadelphia, relationships are at the heart of our work. We have intentionally built teams invested in creating joy-filled schools, where we see, value, and care about each other. Our ties to the community fuel or impact and bring us joy. We are a part of a greater mission to achieve educational equity by developing exceptional educators. With a nationwide network spanning 27 regions and 275 schools, teachers have access to professional development, coaching, and culturally responsive curriculum to ensure our students succeed in college and in life.

Yes, KIPP Philadelphia teachers teach rigorous and engaging lessons, but they also teach life. Our teachers model care, integrity, grit, excellence, and love and our KIPPsters follow suit. We support students every day because we believe in their capabilities to reach their fullest potential. Who are the teachers you remember most favorably? They’re the ones who helped you see beyond what you saw in yourself. At KIPP Philadelphia, we are all that teacher. Be that teacher, too. Join us!



KIPP Philadelphia Schools requires the following qualifications for all lead teachers:

  • Commitment to working with educationally underserved students
  • Proven track-record of high student achievement
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for subject/content area
  • Hold high expectations for all students and enforce the school code of conduct
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Ability to obtain Pennsylvania State certification Level I or II
  • 2+ years of full time lead teaching experience (excluding substitute) in an urban setting


Liberty Teaching Fellowship

KIPP Philadelphia founded the Liberty Teaching Fellowship in 2010 to provide novice and aspiring instructors with a supportive, one-year pathway to teaching in an urban, high achieving, college preparatory environment.
Learn more about teacher certification at KIPP Philadelphia through the Liberty Teaching Fellowship!

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Teacher Certification

Learn more about teacher certification for the State of Pennsylvania by clicking the button below.

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Certification Support

All KPPS Employees
  • For SY 24-25 we have entered agreements with multiple higher ed institutions to provide educators discounts.
  • Some institutions have also agreed to expand that discount to family members, spouses, and significant others. Click the link above for more information.
Uncertified Teachers
  • $2,500 in Tuition Reimbursement for Uncertified Teachers
  • PRAXIS/PECT Voucher (covers cost of one test, $125-$150)
  • Emergency certification application fee ($100)
Uncertified Fellows
  • $3,000 in Tuition Reimbursement
  • PRAXIS/PECT Voucher (covers cost of one test, $125-$150
  • Note: Emergency certification not required
Uncertified Leaders
  • Exam reimbursement (covers 1 attempt, $450)
Social Workers & Senior Social Workers
  • $2,500 in Tuition Reimbursement toward School Social Worker certification (PA requirement starting SY25-26)
  • LSW application fee reimbursement ($25)
  • LSW exam fee reimbursement ($230)