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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, NYC Teaching Fellows prepares career-changers and recent college graduates to teach subjects in high demand. Through intensive classroom practice and expert coaching, Fellows focus on the key skills, knowledge, and mindsets that excellent teachers possess. Teaching Fellows cohorts begin training in the summer and fall each year.

Pathways to PE  
Pathways to PE recruits and trains committed individuals with a demonstrated interested in fitness and education to become fully-certified Physical Education (PE) teachers in NYC public schools.  Participants work inside an established PE teacher’s classroom for observation, hands-on experience, and exposure to high quality PE instruction. University coursework begins in January 2019 and training in NYC public schools begins in spring 2019. 

New York City Teaching Collaborative 
The New York City Teaching Collaborative prepares talented, committed individuals from diverse backgrounds to teach in high-need schools. Partner Teachers begin residency style training in January, working alongside experienced mentor teachers and receiving intensive coaching for over four months 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.