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“Keeping us together as smaller cohorts, moving from one professor to the next as a cohort, has allowed for collaboration and bonding that is invaluable among my peers.” – 2012 Fellow


One of the benefits of the Teaching Fellows program is enrollment in a subsidized master’s degree program. Rather than complete a traditional teacher education program prior to entering the classroom, Fellows pursue a master’s degree in education while teaching full-time in a New York City public school.


Tuition for the master’s degree is withdrawn from a Fellow’s bi-weekly paycheck once they start teaching, so Fellows do not need to take out student loans or write an up-front check for tuition, easing the transition for Fellows coming directly from college or from another career.


New York State recently implemented a new regulation for admissions into graduate programs across all Schools of Education requiring applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In keeping with this, applicants to NYC Teaching Fellows should prepare to take the GRE upon their enrollment into the program and submit their scores by June 1, 2017 in order to be eligible for the master’s degree program at one of our university partners. You can find more information about what the exam includes and preview the schedule of when the exam is offered on the Education Testing Service, ETS website here.


The Master’s Degree Program

Tailored for the Fellowship Experience

The master’s degree in education is customized for the Fellowship experience. Fellows enroll in one of our partner universities and participate in courses that prepare them for immediate work in the classroom and lay the theoretical foundations for a career in teaching.


Tailored for Fellows’ Teaching Schedules

Master’s degree courses are tailored to accommodate Fellows’ teaching schedules with classes during the evenings as well as during the summer. Fellows take classes with other Fellows and build connections to share resources and lesson plans with their classmates. The master’s degree takes two to three years to complete, depending on a Fellow’s subject area and university.


Coursework Details

Graduate coursework consists of a combination of methods, practicum, content, and theory courses, including:

  • Social and Historical Foundations in Education
  • Methods and Principles of Teaching
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Skillful Teaching: Strategies for Effective Instruction and Classroom Management

Fellows average two courses (six credits) per term. Fellows who have previous, relevant graduate coursework may be able to count up to six graduate credits toward their master’s degrees.


Participating Universities

June 2016 partners included Pace University, Hunter College, Lehman College, Long Island University Brooklyn, Relay Graduate School of Education, City College, and Brooklyn College. Coursework and degree titles will vary by university; however, all programs meet New York State guidelines for teacher education programs and lead to certification. Fellows are assigned to a specific university based on their subject area, location preferences, and university capacity. Please note that Fellows are not able to choose their university program.


Cost to the Fellow

One of the benefits of the NYC Teaching Fellows program is that the NYC Department of Education subsidizes most of the cost of tuition (excluding books and materials) for Fellows’ master’s degrees. Each Fellow is responsible for the remainder of the tuition, but the amount is deducted from the Fellow’s regular paycheck once they begin teaching. Fellows do not have to take out student loans or write up-front checks for their master’s degree.


June 2017 Fellows will responsible for $8,600 toward the cost of their master’s degree.


In addition to the master of education coursework, New York State teacher certification regulations require that all teachers have coursework in a range of liberal arts subjects. While each university’s specific requirements vary, some Fellows may need to take additional coursework to gain state-required liberal arts credits (also known as “the general education core”). Any cost associated with coursework necessary to make up liberal arts credit deficits is the responsibility of the Fellow.


New York State certification regulations also require that teachers in subject-specific programs fulfill certain coursework requirements. Fellows participating in Immersion (math or science) can enroll in our program so long as they meet NYCTF eligibility requirements, but may need to complete additional subject-specific coursework in order to meet the prerequisite credit requirements for higher level certification. Fellows are responsible for any cost associated with the coursework necessary to make up these prerequisite credits.


More details about specific certification requirements are available on the New York State Certification website.


Julie, Barbara, Maria, Joani and Malik talk about the support they received through the master's degree and training programs.