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Alternative certification to become a teacher

NYC Teaching Fellows by NYC Public Schools (Department of Education DOE)

Services Provided Apprenticeships and job training, College enrollment, prep, and completion, Internships and fellowships

Eligibility BIPOC Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino, and people of color, CUNY student, Immigrant, Justice-impacted individual, LGBTQ+ Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and more, Low-income, NYCHA resident, Person with a disability, Public assistance recipient, Veteran, Woman

Schedule 6 months or more, Full-time

Last Updated Last updated on Mar 28, 2024

Train in a NYC Public School for 7 weeks and become a full-time teacher.

The NYC Teaching Fellows is an alternative teacher certification program that helps you become a full-time teacher. Work in NYC Public Schools while getting all your requirements to earn your initial teaching certification in New York State.

Get seven weeks of extensive hands-on training experience in a classroom setting before teaching full-time. You will also get your master’s degree in education, with financial help from the program.

Training for the 2024 Teaching Fellows cohort begins in June 2024 and concludes in early August 2024. After training, you will be eligible to begin working as a full-time NYC Public Schools teacher in September 2024.

Who it's for Who it's for

You must meet these requirements to be eligible:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree by May 31st, 2024
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Never been certified to teach or completed a program that would lead to certification in the U.S. or Puerto Rico

Duration and Length Duration and Length

Summer training is full-time, from June till August. University coursework continues during the summer. During your first year as a full-time teacher, you get support and mentorship. Continue your master’s degree coursework into your second year until you are able to apply for initial certification in New York state.

Next Steps

Apply for the program.