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.
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.
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
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.
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