Science Immersion Program

New York City schools have an especially high need for qualified science teachers. To address this need, the Fellowship will begin offering Science Immersion an option for Fellows who are interested in teaching science. This program will help individuals who have an academic background in science but who did not major in a science to gain certification in that area.

Eligibility for the Science Immersion program is determined on a case-by-case basis; to meet minimum criteria, you must have successfully completed at least eighteen credits in science (e.g., biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, etc.). Each Science Immersion Fellow will be required to pass the Content Specialty Test (CST) in the specific science s/he is assigned to teach.

Enter the classroom as a Science Immersion Fellow.


Due to the success of NYCTF’s Math Immersion program, the Fellowship launched the Science Immersion program last June and immediately provided highly qualified teachers for the classrooms that needed science teachers most. 


The Science Immersion program was developed to provide high quality science teachers to New York’s public schools. Science Immersion provides select Teaching Fellows, who have strong science content knowledge but no major, with the conceptual background and practical training needed to excel as a teacher.


Science Immersion Fellows will participate in two extra weeks of training before the regular pre-service training begins for all Fellows. Immersion training immediately precedes the Fellowship’s pre-service training, and during this time, Science Immersion Fellows will be engaged in an intensive review of scientific concepts and theories. The training will also include university coursework and test preparation. Science Immersion Fellows receive an additional $1000 stipend to offset expenses, in addition to the standard stipend that all Fellows receive during pre-service training.


Want more information?


If you would like more information on teaching science as part of the NYC Teaching Fellows program, 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. Yes, there is a lot of information here, but it’s there because it’s important for you to know.  Be sure to check out the videos on this page to hear firsthand from Fellows about their experiences.


Information Sessions: Current NYC Teaching Fellows and representatives of the program hold information sessions throughout the city and region. Some information sessions are math-specific. Attending a session is a great way to learn more about the program, ask questions, and hear from a current math Fellow.