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There is no one “right” type of Teaching Fellow. We look for successful, driven individuals from different backgrounds and careers who are committed to ensuring that all children in New York City receive an excellent education. Start a new journey with the NYC Teaching Fellows program and realize your potential to make a lasting impact on the lives of New York City students.


Who We Look For

We look for talented individuals from a broad range of personal and professional backgrounds who are passionate about making a difference in the lives and futures of New York City public school students.


Fellows share a common commitment to raising the academic achievement of children living in poverty. Strong applicants will demonstrate a track record of success in past endeavors, perseverance in the face of challenges, an ability to think critically, a desire to grow professionally, and an openness to collaboration and feedback.


Fellows typically have no prior teaching experience, but possess the skills and attitudes that enable them to become successful teachers in New York City, the largest and most diverse school system in the country. Learn more about who we look for.



In order to be considered for the NYC Teaching Fellows program, applicants must meet a number of basic eligibility requirements. Please review these requirements before you apply to make sure you are eligible. Applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree conferred by the start of the program, 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a green card,  
  • Have no more than 17 credits in education coursework.

See the full list of eligibility requirements.

The Fellowship Program

Fellows who have been selected to participate in the June 2013 program will begin pre-service training in June 2013 and, upon successful completion of the pre-service training program, will be eligible to be hired at New York City public schools as regular, full-time teachers for the 2013-14 school year.

Are you interested in speaking with a current NYC Teaching Fellow? Click here to submit your request  and a current NYC Teaching Fellow will reach out to you via telephone within two weeks. Prospective applicants are not required to speak with a current Fellow as part of the application process.



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