Each year, the NYC Teaching Fellows program looks for talented individuals who have excelled in their previous endeavors and are dedicated to raising student achievement in high-need communities. However, in order to comply with regulations set forth by the New York State Education Department and our partner universities, Teaching Fellows applicants must also meet the following eligibility requirements.


In order to be eligible for the June 2007 program, applicants must

  • Have been awarded a Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (consideration given for demonstrated achievement) by June 2007.
  • Have U.S. citizenship, or permanent residency with a valid green card, and fluency in English.
  • Not have previously benefited from a NYC Department of Education tuition assistance program (other than career training for paraprofessionals).
  • Not have previously received an Unsatisfactory rating from the NYC Department of Education.
  • Not have completed eighteen or more credits of teacher education or a minor in education before beginning training with NYCTF.
  • Not be certified to teach.*
  • Not have worked as a regular, full-time teacher in a New York City public school at any time since September 2002.

*If you are currently certified, you should inquire at the New York City Department of Education Recruitment Office about other ways to become a teacher in the New York City public schools or visit



The Fellowship is a highly selective program. Meeting eligibility requirements does NOT guarantee acceptance.



Under New York State Education Department guidelines, all Fellows must take and pass both the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) before they can begin teaching. We encourage candidates to wait until they are accepted to register for these tests. For registration information, please visit the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations' webpage.