Please see the Talent Support Services page for Tuition and Reimbursements eligibility.

Some partners offer discounts to District employees and family members.  Please contact the educational partner directly for more information.


At UArts, we believe that teaching is an art.

University of the Arts is excited to offer School District of Philadelphia teachers, administrators, and staff an application fee waiver and a 20% tuition discount* on education courses, education master’s degrees, and graduate certificate programs in education, beginning in summer 2024.

Master’s Degrees

UArts provides PSD educators and staff with a 20% tuition discount for the following flexible and nationally recognized matriculated programs.

  • The MEd in Educational Program Design comprises online matriculated courses for all educators that meet year-round and are scheduled in the evenings and over summers. Some in-person arts courses are available.
  • The MEd in Educational Technology features online matriculated courses for all educators. Courses meet year-round and are scheduled in the evenings and over summers.
  • Masters in Music in Music Education(MM) offers summers-only matriculated courses for music teachers; some courses are available online.


UArts provides PSD educators and staff with a 20% tuition discount for the following flexible and nationally recognized matriculated programs.

  • Each Graduate Certificate in Art and Educational Technology features five clustered, matriculated courses for all educators. Courses meet year-round and are scheduled in the evenings and over summers, and almost all are online, except arts courses.
  • Music Education PK–12 is coming soon!

Non-Matriculated Graduate Courses for Educators

UArts provides PSD educators and staff with a 20% tuition discount for the following flexible and nationally recognized non-matriculated courses and programs.

  • Professional Institute for Educators offers non-matriculated courses for all educators. Courses meet year-round and are scheduled in the evenings and over summers. Almost all are online, except arts courses.
  • Summer Music Studies offers summers-only, non-matriculated courses for music teachers.

Professional Institute for Educators and Summer Music Studies are approved providers of Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 professional development credit.

How to Apply, Register, and Receive Your Discount

To learn more about University of the Arts and our matriculated graduate programs and application processes, contact the Graduate Admissions team at Please use the code “SDP” to waive your $60 application fee and be sure to indicate your employment with SDP on the application. Enrolling students will be directed to verify their eligibility by providing a pay stub before bills are generated each term.

For more information about non-matriculated courses in the Professional Institute for Educators or Summer Music Studies, contact the Graduate and Professional Studies Office at

For information on how to access our SDP educator discount for non-matriculated courses, please see our website or contact, or call the Graduate and Professional Studies office at 215-717-6006 to receive the appropriate form and receive the discount code to register.

*This discount cannot be combined with any other scholarships, discounts, or offers, and is applied to tuition only (not fees). Discounts must be applied at the time of registration. No scholarships or discounts will be applied retroactively.

Final Note:

UArts verification processes may take some time. Please be patient while we work on verifying your employment for the discount.


Saint Joseph’s University is thrilled to offer teachers, administrators and staff of the School District of Philadelphia a 20% tuition discount and application fee waiver on all education master’s degree and graduate certificate programs.*

Choose among the following programs:

Master’s Degrees


Learn more about the Educator Discount here or contact the graduate admissions team at

*This discount is only available to new students beginning Summer 2022 or later and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Drexel Online:

As a benefit of the partnership, you have access to over 140+ online Bachelor’s, Masters, and Certificate programs that SDP employees and their family members have access to. All Education programs are 30% off and most Bachelor’s programs are 40% off.

Drexel University Online offers:

  1. 10% to 40% discount
  2. 40 education online programs at the bachelor, masters and doctorate levels
  3. Flexibility of an online format/Deferred billing
  4. Multiple certification programs including Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Reading Specialist, Teaching English as a Second Language, Wilson Language Level I, Instructional Technology, and School Principal certification.
  5. The value and prestige of a Drexel University degree

Please enter the ONLINE.DREXEL.EDU/SDP link into your browser. This link will take you to your partner page that will list all program pricing and details for the School of Education.

Drexel University School of Education

In addition to Drexel Online’s education program offerings, Drexel University’s School of Education is proud to offer our flexible EdD in Educational Leadership and Management to School District of Philadelphia employees at a significant discount on regular tuition.

Benefits of Drexel’s EdD program:

• 30% discount for School District of Philadelphia employees
• Available as a 100% online or as a hybrid executive weekend format. Hybrid students take core courses in-person one weekend a month at Drexel. All other courses are taught online
• Flexible part-time program to meet busy schedules and budgets. Students can take 1 or 2 courses per term

• 9 Concentrations meet student interests and needs:
o Athletic Administration
o Creativity and Innovation
o Educational Administration (includes Superintendent Letter of Eligibility)
o Educational Policy
o Global and International Education
o Higher Education
o Human Resource Development
o Learning Technologies
o Special Education Leadership
• One-on-one advising to keep students on track for graduation. School of Education advisors create custom plans of study for each EdD student
• Supervising professors assist students with their dissertation research

Have questions about the program? Prospective students can contact the School of Education’s EdD program manager at or 215-895-6770 for more information about the program and to find out about upcoming information sessions.

Eastern University

Eastern University is a small, private institution located on the mainline in St. Davids and City Ave PA. We are committed to small classrooms and delivering education curriculum that is informed by a diversity, trauma-informed and mental well-being perspective. Faith, reason, and justice are the three pillars on which our institution stands, and we are thrilled to be able to offer a 25% discount for most programs to Philadelphia School District teachers, staff, and administrators in our pursuit of providing employees with the education and tools they need to effectively engage with their students and community. Most programs are available fully online with in-person field experience.

We offer the following programs:

  • Teacher certifications in Prek-4, Middle Level 4-8, Secondary 7-12 (Chemistry, Biology, Math, English, Social Studies) and and PK-12 Special Education **Intern certificate available for uncertified teachers
  • Specialty teaching certifications in Reading, ESL, and Special Education
  • Non-teaching certifications in School Nursing, School Counseling, School Psychology, Principal Certification, and Supervisory certifications
  • M.Ed in Multicultural Education
  • M.Ed in Reading
  • M.Ed in Special Education
  • M.Ed in TESOL
  •  M.Ed in School Health Services
  • M.Ed in School Counseling
  •  M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction
  •  M.Ed in Educational Leadership
  • MS & Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology
  • PhD in Organizational Leadership with Education focus

*The Associate of Arts, EdD and PhD programs are not eligible for the 25% discount

For more information, apply online for free or call 1.800.732.7669 to speak directly with an enrollment counselor.

Holy Family University

Holy Family University is proud to offer our Master’s, Doctoral, and Certificate only programs to the School District of Philadelphia employees.  Our programs will begin in August 26th in both our Online and Blended formats.  All of our Master’s and Certificate only programs are $499 per credit hour, which is a 33 % discount off the on-campus tuition. Please contact Holy family for details about the Doctoral program.


Masters of Education

Educational Leadership with Principal certification
Reading Specialist Certification
Special Education Certification
Special Education Advanced Practice with Autism Endorsement
TESOL and Literacy with ESL Certification
Initial Certificate – Early Elementary
(Certificate only programs available)


Educational Leadership and Professional Studies (Ed.D)

Master’s and Certificate only Program Highlights

  1. 33% tuition discount—save $753 per course
  2. Discounted tuition is guaranteed for the length of the program
  3. Blended program combines a personal cohort experience with the convenience of an online format
  4. Fully online format also available for some programs
  5.  Financial aid and “pay-as-you-go” plans are available

Here is the link to our Programs information page.  This link contains detailed information about the programs including our step-by-step admission process, program requirements, and course descriptions.

Holy Family University offers Off-Campus Masters’ and Doctoral Programs in Education.

Peirce College

Through this partnership, Peirce College – Philadelphia’s oldest non-profit college dedicated to adult learners – offers District employees and their families significant benefits, including:

  1.    20% tuition discount for undergraduate and certificates programs
  2.    19% tuition discount for master’s programs
  3.    Waived application fee ($50 value)
  4.    Career-related master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree programs
  5.    Flexibility of Peirce Fit™ across entire curriculum
  6.    Online and on campus tutoring and student support services

All of Peirce College’s programs are now offered with the flexibility of Peirce Fit™, a life-friendly way to earn a degree where you can choose week-to -week to attend class on campus or online. Peirce Fit offers you the flexibility to never miss a class and stay on track even when demands on your time change at a moment’s notice.

Peirce also recently launched the first competency-based degree in IT in Philadelphia – one of only six programs in the entire country, to give current IT professionals the most direct route to earning their college degree.

Peirce Admissions and Financial Aid Specialists are available to help all district employees and their families with the admissions and financial aid process.