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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 
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 
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 NYC DOE 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 New Visions-Queens College Urban Teacher Residency is an 18-month certification program that mentors and prepares the next generation of teachers using a school-based approach that puts student learning at the center of your 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.