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  Because great teachers are the key to   student success, our program is highly   selective. Over the past 5 years, only 12  percent of applicants have been accepted – a rate comparable to those of top-tier universities.



There is no one profile of an ideal candidate. A strong candidate may have built a successful career in business or engineering and now wishes to give back as a teacher. They could be a high-achieving recent graduate who majored in economics or physics who now wants to share their passion for these subjects with NYC students. Whatever their background, they believe that every student can achieve at a high-level and will do whatever it takes to help them get there.

We review every application carefully, looking for candidates who: 

  • Crave feedback. You strive to be the best they can be at any challenge you undertake. 
  • Understand the power of practice. You work deliberately to perfect new techniques, and are eager to practice foundational teaching skills. 
  • Think on their feet. You can quickly devise solutions to unexpected challenges. 
  • Want to work hard and have fun. You will bring passion and joy to your classrooms, inspiring achievement and a real love of learning. 
  • Prepare their students with the skills they need to be successful. You don’t just focus on academic knowledge, but determination, creativity, and the ability to persist in the face of challenges.
  • Put student learning front and center. You believe that every student can achieve at a high level and do whatever it takes to help them get there. 

A Diverse and Talented Teaching Force

We have found that educators from wide-ranging backgrounds are able to relate to and connect with their students in meaningful ways, and our commitment to recruiting a diverse teaching force has produced noticeable results. 

  • 48% of Fellows in our June 2016 program are recent college graduates
  • 52% of Fellows in our June 2016 program are career changers
  • 17% of Fellows in our June 2016 program completed advanced degrees in their field prior to joining the Fellowship. 
  • 44% of Fellows in our June 2016 program self-identified as Black or Latino, compared to 12% of teachers nationwide.

Fellows are committed to their students, and enter the program with the desire to make a lasting impact for the students who need excellent teachers the most.


While the New York City Teaching Fellows program does not require a length of commitment, 92 percent of Fellows complete their first year, 72 percent are still teaching in their third year, and over half teach for five years or more.


Nearly 450 Fellows are currently serving as principals, administrators, and school founders.


“As teachers, we’re blessed that whatever it IS that we are good at, it can be brought to bear purposefully and productively in the classroom. Are you analytical and a whiz with numbers?  There’s a way to use that.  Are you crafty?  The kind of person who likes to make the gifts they give?  We need those kinds of teachers, too.  Can you tell a story?  Are you good at summarizing texts?  We need you!  Do you readily offer a shoulder to cry on?  Do you mind telling corny jokes?  Are you a fierce advocate for social justice?  Can you speak another language?  Whatever ability or asset you have, your kids will draw it out of you and put it to work.  This job will stretch not only your expectations for students, but your sense of self as well.  What inspired you to love the subject you teach?  Don’t be shy about sharing that part of yourself!” – Anthony, 2005 Fellow