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My background is in finance and healthcare research. While the subject I teach is Chemistry, in order to prepare my students for careers in the 21st century I need to be a professor of scientific inquiry, of critical thinking, of problem solving skills” – Michelle, 2012 Fellow


Who We Want
Science teachers prepare students for college and careers by teaching them the critical thinking and problem solving skills that they'll need for 21st century careers. Excellent science teachers:

  • Are as insatiably curious about the world around them as their students, and love learning and exploring alongside them.
  • Know that sometimes there isn’t one right answer to a problem, and that the process of questioning, hypothesizing, and testing is as important as finding a solution.
  • Like to get their hands dirty with labs, experiments, field trips, and activities that bring science to life for their students.
  • Understand the profound importance of literacy, and make reading and writing complex texts an integral part of their science lessons so that students have the skills to pursue their dreams in college or careers.

Teaching Science in New York City

  • New York City offers a wealth of resources for science teachers. Fellows can take advantage of all that this great city has to offer, from field trips to the American Museum of Natural History, to guest speakers who are top researchers in their fields, to opportunities to collaborate with students in laboratory research at local universities. Science is all around us, and nowhere is this more apparent than in New York City!
  • Science Fellows join a network of dedicated, motivated teachers transforming educational opportunities for New York City students. 18 percent of all science teachers in New York City are Teaching Fellows, and Fellows rely on each other to share resources, lesson plans, professional development opportunities, field trip ideas, and guest speakers.

Unique Training for Science Teachers

Every subject area is unique and requires specialized strategies to teach it effectively. Unlike many similar programs, Teaching Fellows training is led by expert science teachers with a track record of success in high-need New York City schools. University coursework focuses on the most critical content knowledge and teaching techniques needed in science fields, and Instructors and Coaches focus on developing the practical skills Fellows need to help students master that content.


Fellows also enjoy ample opportunity to build relationships with other science teachers, allowing them to share resources during every training session and to continue collaborating when they’re back in their own schools.


The Science Immersion Program

The New York City Teaching Fellows program offers the only Science Immersion program in New York City. Candidates with deep content knowledge in the sciences – but who lack the requisite 30 credits required for New York State teaching certification - can participate in our two-week Immersion experience before pre-service training to become certified to teach science in New York City. Participants in the Science Immersion program must have at least twelve credits in science overall or at least nine credits within a particular science core area. Find out which courses count toward eligibility for the Science Immersion program.


Immersion training sets Fellows up for success by deepening their expertise in the content knowledge and skills they will teach their students. Fellows leave Immersion excited to drive instruction and bolster student learning by drawing on their strengthened science savvy. While teaching, Fellows continue to participate in science content-specific coursework as part of their master’s degree program, until they reach the requisite 30-credits needed to pursue the next level of NY state certification.


Science Immersion Fellows receive a stipend to offset living costs during the additional two weeks of training. Last year the additional stipend was $1000.




Meet Eric, Fellow since 2003. He teaches earth science in Manhattan.