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    Master's Degree

  1. Do I need to take any entrance exams?

    All Partner Teachers will be required to take the GRE General Test and provide a score prior to enrolling at their assigned university.

    Please note: you do not need to provide a GRE score in order to submit your application and participate in our selection process. 

  2. What is the course load during my training and teaching experience?

    While your exact course load will depend upon your academic background, assigned subject area, and university, Partner Teachers can expect to take 1-2 courses (3-6 credits) during the spring training, 2-3 courses (6-9 credits) in their first summer, 1-2 courses (3-6 credits) each semester of their first year teaching, 2-3 courses (6-9 credits) in their second summer and 1-2 courses (3-6 credits) each semester of their second year teaching. 

  3. How long will the degree take to complete?

    The master’s degree takes two to three years to complete. The duration of the degree program varies depending on a Partner Teacher's assigned subject area, university, and previous academic coursework. Partner Teachers will begin coursework in January.

  4. How much will my master's degree cost?

    The NYC Department of Education subsidizes most of the cost of university tuition, excluding books and materials). However, Partner Teachers are still responsible for contributing $12,000 towards their degree. This contribution amount will be deducted in regular installments from the Partner Teacher's regular paycheck once they begin teaching full-time and earning a full-time teacher's salary.

    In some cases, Partner Teachers will be required to take additional liberal arts or content area credits in order to meet state requirements for certification. Deficiencies are determined by your assigned university at the time of matriculation and cannot be evaluated beforehand. Partner Teachers are responsible for the costs of any deficiencies in liberal arts (also known as "general education core") or content area coursework, and these may be taken at any accredited college/university.

  5. How does master's coursework relate to certification?

    After successful completion of their residency experience, Partner Teachers will begin teaching under a Transitional B certificate issued by New York State, allowing them to teach full-time and earn a full-time teacher's salary and benefits while enrolled in an approved master’s degree program. Upon completion of the master's degree, Partner Teachers may apply for Initial or Professional NY State teaching certification.

  6. Eligibility

  7. My GPA is lower than 3.0. Can I apply?

    If you have an undergraduate cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.0, we will review these applications holistically and take GPA statements, essays, accomplishments, and demonstrations of leadership into consideration. Per New York State regulations, we are unable to accept any candidate who has received an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.5. 

  8. I'm already certified to teach. What is my next step?

    Candidates who have already received teaching certification are not eligible for the NYC Teaching Collaborative. We encourage you to visit Teach NYC to see other pathways to teaching in NYC schools.

  9. What if I taught, but not in NYC public schools?

    Candidates with teaching experience at the college level, in charter schools, or in private schools are eligible to apply, provided they have never been certified to teach in the United States.

  10. What is "teacher track education coursework"?

    Applicants must have completed no more than 17 college credits in teacher education coursework and cannot have completed a major or minor in a degree that would lead to teacher certification before beginning training with the NYC Teaching Collaborative in January 2018. Please note that teacher education coursework includes any credits earned that would qualify towards certification as a teacher. Candidates with no previous education coursework are certainly eligible to apply!

  11. What is the difference between the NYC Teaching Collaborative the NYC Teaching Fellows?

    Both programs have a similar mission: to raise student achievement by placing high-quality teachers in the NYC public schools that need them most. These programs also both provide an alternative pathway to teacher certification (i.e. alternative certification), operated by the NYC Department of Education. The main differences between the programs are a) their approach to training participants and b) the schools in which participants commit to working.

    NYC Teaching Collaborative participants, or Partner Teachers, receive the unique, practical preparation during a residency experience from January to June. This provides more teaching time and classroom experience than any other New York City-based alternative certification program.

    Partner Teachers in the NYC Teaching Collaborative commit to making a profound impact in the classrooms which need them most. Upon enrollment in the program, they commit to teach in a specific subset of NYC public schools, identified by the NYC Department of Education as our highest need schools, for a minimum of four years. Conversely, NYC Teaching Fellows are eligible to accept positions in any NYC public school with a hiring focus placed on our highest need hiring areas.

  12. Application

  13. Is there an application guide?

    Yes there is! We encourage you to review our Application Preparation Guide in full prior to submitting your online application.