“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:
Teaching Science in New York City
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.