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Are You a Recent College Graduate?

The NYC Teaching Fellows program is an extraordinary and challenging opportunity for top-notch graduating seniors and recent college graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds.

You may be a great fit for the Fellowship if you answer yes to any of the following:

  • Have you always wanted to be a teacher but didn’t major in education and thought you missed your opportunity?
  • Were you a leader on campus and want to continue to lead after your graduation?
  • Did you major in economics or have an affinity for math and want to use your math background to make a difference where it matters most?
  • Are you ready to take on more challenges and responsibilities?

Applying to the NYC Teaching Fellows program is your chance to join a competitive Fellowship – now more than 8,000 strong—of talented individuals from across the country who have made the choice to give back, to lead, and to learn by becoming teachers who will ensure the success of New York City’s public schools.

Where do you fit in?

Fellows train and teach among peers and other committed professionals.

The Teaching Fellows program provides participants with a community of peers. Fellows hail from over 600 universities and roughly 40% of Fellows are recent college graduates (within two years of graduation). In addition to other recent college graduates, you will also meet and work closely with Fellows of all ages and various backgrounds throughout the program; you may find yourself working with a former social worker on classroom management ideas or sharing best practices with a former corporate executive.

Additionally, all Fellows are dedicated to one common goal—positively influencing the schools and students of traditionally underserved communities.  “I have been very impressed with the majority of Fellows I have met,” says Jodie Newbery, a second-year Fellow and 2004 graduate of the University of Chicago. “Everyone seems to be here for different reasons, but it is great to constantly be exposed to different perspectives on teaching and education through the Fellowship.”

You can make a difference!

New York City public schools need teachers who are dedicated and who care about the achievement of all students.

“The first month or two may be very hard, but you'll learn to love your children and care for them,” said Brian Ostar, a third-year Fellow who graduated from Cornell in 2003.This past year after finishing his Master’s degree, Brian decided to stay in the NYC public school system. “Once my second year had ended, I realized how much I loved my job and decided that I wanted to stay on for a third year and more.”

While a Fellow must commit to the NYC public schools through the completion of their a Master’s degree (usually two to three years), we are seeking recent college graduates like Brian who are interested in making a serious commitment to education. We hope that Fellows will grow within the New York school system and become the master teachers, mentors, and principals who will lead our schools for decades to come.

A career in education is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding professions available to you.  Teaching Fellow Bob Bender certainly found this to be true. After he finished his Master’s degree, he enrolled in the Leadership Academy and currently works as a school principal.

 “I decided that I wanted to be a teacher because I wanted to touch the lives of children and hopefully make a difference 30 children at time,” Bob said. “Now I make a difference 540 children at a time.”

Fellows are actively involved in determining where they will teach.

The New York City public school system is the nation’s largest with 1.1 million students and approximately 1,450 schools located throughout the five boroughs. Our students are also the most culturally diverse in the world. Every school is different than the next and as unique as one New Yorker from another.

The NYC Teaching Fellows program will assign new Fellows to a borough within New York City based upon the Fellows’ preferences and system needs.

The Teaching Fellows program believes that the match between a teacher and a school is essential for the long-term success of students. While the program works to facilitate connections between schools with open positions and new Teaching Fellows, the Fellows have flexibility in their job searches and will have the ability to pursue positions in different schools within their assigned boroughs. Hiring decisions are ultimately left to principals to ensure a good match for both the school and the teacher.

Fellows make a competitive salary while they pursue a subsidized Master’s degree.

This year, NYC Teaching Fellows will receive a starting salary of approximately $42,500 plus ample benefits once they begin working as full time teachers. During training Fellows receive a non-taxable stipend to assist with living costs before they start teaching. In addition, Fellows earn an advanced degree without the debt that graduate students often accrue, and an opportunity to affect the lives of students in underserved communities.

Through the Fellowship, Fellows will already have two to three years of full-time teaching experience with a teacher’s full salary and benefits and a Master’s degree under their belts in the same time it would have taken to step foot in the classroom through a more traditional approach.

Want more information?

If you are still not sure whether the NYC Teaching Fellows program is right for you, there are several ways to get more information so that you can make the most informed decision.

Our Website: You should make sure that you read through our website carefully. The site contains a great deal of information that is important for you to know.  Be sure to check out the videos on this page to see what it’s like to be a Fellow who recently finished school.

Information Sessions: Current NYC Teaching Fellows and representatives of the program hold information sessions throughout the city, region, and maybe even at your school! Attending these sessions is a great way to learn more about the program, ask questions, and find out first hand about the Fellowship from the perspective of a current math Fellow.