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Alternative Routes to Certification

Professionals and recent college graduates can earn certification while completing a master’s degree through multiple programs—including the nine unique programs below—which support the schools and subjects that need great teachers most. Individuals interested in one of these pathways should apply directly through the program, and not through the main teacher application on this site.

New York City Teaching Fellows  Accepting Applications!
One of the country’s largest and most recognized urban alternative certification programs, New York City Teaching Fellows prepares career-changers and recent college graduates to teach subjects in high demand. More than one-fifth of the city’s math, science and special education teachers are New York City Teaching Fellows.

Pathways to PE  Accepting Applications!
Pathways to PE is a new alternative certification program designed to recruit and train committed individuals with a demonstrated interested in fitness and education to become fully-certified Physical Education (PE) teachers in NYCDOE schools by September 2017.  

New York City Teaching Collaborative
The New York City Teaching Collaborative prepares talented career-changers and recent graduates to teach in high-need schools. Teachers in Residence begin training in January. Their preparation is classroom-based (grades 7-12), as they work alongside experienced mentor teachers and receive intensive coaching before teaching in the fall.

Teach For America
Teach For America recruits recent college graduates and professionals with diverse academic and career interests to teach for at least two years in public schools.

New Visions for Public Schools
The Hunter College Urban Teacher Residency and the Math and Science Teacher Residency are two-year programs where aspiring teachers apprentice for one year with an experienced teacher, earn a master's degree in education and receive ongoing professional development.

Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC2)
Through this 18-month program, participants select a focus area—Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Science Education – Biology, or Secondary Inclusive Education—and earn New York State teacher certification along with a master's degree.

Peace Corps Fellows Program
Returned Peace Corps volunteer educators can begin a long-term career in New York City public schools while also completing a degree-related internship in an underserved community.

American Museum of Natural History: Master of Arts in Teaching Urban Residency Program
This 15-month program combines coursework at a world-class museum, one-on-one mentoring, and ongoing professional development to prepare and place qualified earth science teachers where they’re needed most.