Before applying to the NYC Teaching Collaborative, be sure that you meet basic program eligibility requirements.
Prior to the start of training, in order to be eligible to participate in the program, accepted applicants will also be required to:
- Take the GRE and obtain a score
- Take and pass a fingerprint-supported background check through the NYC Department of Education
Subject Area Eligibility
Partner Teachers are prepared to go where they are needed most. Rather than applying to teach a specific subject area, you will be asked to provide information regarding your subject area preferences as you complete your application. Applicants to the NYC Teaching Collaborative will be screened for subject area eligibility and assigned a subject area based upon their eligibility and preferences, as well as the anticipated hiring needs of the NYC Department of Education.
For the January 2019 application, we are collecting preferences for the following subject areas: English as a New Language, English, Math, Science (Biology or Chemistry), Social Studies, Special Education, Special Education - Moderate/Severe (District 75) and Childhood bilingual. We will also ask candidates to self-report whether they are bilingual. Below, you will find a breakdown of the eligibility requirements for each of our subject areas.
Please note: subject areas may change over the course of the application season based on the anticipated hiring needs of the NYC Department of Education.
Subject Eligibility Requirements
The key determinants of your subject area placement are: completion of required prior coursework per New York State regulations; availability and need within your subject area at the time of your offer, and your subject area preference.
For these reasons, if there is a particular subject you would prefer to teach, we recommend that you apply early and check whether you meet the required coursework as designated by New York State.
Subject areas are provisionally assigned to all candidates who pass our application process; assignments may change at the Offer stage based on availability within particular subject areas as well as university requirements. Ultimately our university partners will make a final subject area determination on all candidates based on their ability to meet the coursework New York State coursework requirements.
Candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree in most fields are eligible to teach students with special needs.
Candidates who receive offers to the program will have their transcripts evaluated by our university partners to determine if they have a sufficient mix of liberal arts coursework to meet New York State requirements; some candidates may be required to take additional coursework to earn their Initial Certification. This year, candidates may be assigned to teach special education at the elementary or secondary level, based upon their preferences and district hiring need. We will also accept candidates to teach special education in District 75.
District 75 provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who have moderate to severe disabilities in self-contained classrooms. In District 75, special education teachers teach smaller groups of 6-15 students with moderate to severe disabilities. For more information about working in District 75, please click here.
Candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree in math are eligible to teach math. Candidates who have earned a B or better in calculus may be considered on a case-by-case basis as a Math Immersion candidate and would be required to take additional coursework in math during their graduate program in order to earn the necessary credits for New York State certification in math. Strong candidates will also have additional college-level math intensive courses beyond the one required calculus course.
Candidates teaching science will be certified to teach biology, chemistry or general science. Candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree in the following sciences are eligible to teach science: Astronomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Physics and Zoology.
Candidates who do not have a degree in science but who have at least 12 credits in science overall or 9 credits within a particular science core area (with a grade of B- or better in each science course) may be considered on a case by case basis as Science Immersion candidates and would be required to take additional coursework in science during their graduate program in order to earn the necessary credits.
Courses in the following fields count toward eligibility to teach science: Anatomy, Animal Science, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Earth Science, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Forestry, Geology, Hydrology, Marine Science, Meteorology, Neuroscience, Oceanography, Physics and Zoology.
Candidates who possess a degree in one of the following science-related majors will be considered for the science program: Natural Science, Agriculture and Life Science, Conservation, Forestry, Wild Life and Fishery, Biotechnology.
Courses in the following fields do not count toward eligibility to teach science: Anthropology, Engineering, Environmental Law, Environmental Science (social and policy-oriented courses), Geography, Human Behavior, Human Ecology, Kinesiology, Mechanical Engineering, Nutrition, Psychology, Social Sciences and Sociology.
Candidates must possess an undergraduate or graduate degree in English or Comparative Literature in order to be considered for this subject area.
Candidates must possess an undergraduate or graduate degree in history in order to be considered for this subject area.
Candidates without a degree in history may be considered on a case-by-case basis if they have at least 30 credit hours in history or social studies coursework, distributed as follows:
- 3 credits of U.S. History
- 3 credits of World History
- 3 credits of Economics
- 3 credits of Government
- 3 credits of Geography
- 6 additional credits in any of the above areas (so that you have a total of 9 credits in that area)
- 9 additional credits in any other social science (Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, etc.)
Please note that candidates missing credits from the above requirements are eligible to apply, but may be responsible for the cost of additional coursework to meet the state requirements. This will be determined once Partner Teachers have enrolled in university coursework.
English as a New Language (ENL)
Candidates will be considered eligible to teach English as a New Language with a bachelor’s degree in any subject area and 12 or more credits in any foreign language or combination of languages (including ASL).