It is a current New York state requirement for university placement in an alternative teaching certification program that a candidate’s undergraduate GPA must be a 3.0 or above. This remains true regardless of how long ago you earned your undergraduate degree and/or whether you have advanced degrees with higher GPAs.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between a 2.5 and 3.0 ARE ELIGIBLE to apply to the NYC Teaching Collaborative. If you are in this situation, you will be asked to submit a GPA statement to provide more context about your GPA. The GPA statement should outline any factors that may have impacted your undergraduate GPA and why you feel you will be able to succeed in a rigorous master’s degree program.
We will review applications from candidates who have an undergraduate GPA lower than a 3.0
holistically—meaning we will take into consideration GPA statements, essays, accomplishments and demonstrations of leadership.
If you have obtained a graduate degree, please note that we are required to look only at your
undergraduate GPA for eligibility. If your undergraduate GPA was between a 2.5 and 3.0, you MUST write a GPA statement. We cannot accept your graduate GPA in place of your undergraduate GPA.