NYC Teaching Collaborative is an alternative teacher preparation pathway into becoming a NY State certified teacher. The NYC Department of Education offers other alternative pathway programs, such as the NYC Teaching Fellows and Pathways to PE. In addition, the NYCDOE recognizes that the most common pathway into becoming a certified teacher is by completing a master’s or bachelor’s degree that is recognized for NY State certification.
If you have completed more than 18 credits of university coursework related to becoming a certified teacher, we encourage you to think carefully about what our program offers and whether it is the right fit for you.
Our training program is a “package-deal.” What this means is that:
- Our program is designed for candidates who have completed very little or no previous university-based teaching coursework.
- Participants in our programs are assigned to a subject area based on whether they have completed the bachelor’s degree coursework required for that subject, per NY State regulations. The subjects that we offer each year are based on the hiring needs of the NYC DOE: typically these are Special Education, Mathematics, Science, Bilingual Education, and Spanish. For the most up-to-date list, please see our Application Preparation Guide. We cannot accommodate or assign you to individual subjects (ex. History, English, Art, Early-Childhood Education, etc.) where there is not a current large-scale hiring need.
- You will be assigned a university by our program based on the subject area to which you are assigned. You will not be able to choose your university since we often have only 1-2 universities for each subject area.
- You cannot tailor or omit any of the coursework required by your assigned university for your assigned subject area. You must fulfill all requirements regardless of whether you have completed similar coursework in the past.
- You will be required to pay for a portion of your university coursework ($12,000 for most Partner Teachers, $10,500 for those who elect to join our Bronx Cohort). You will not be able to pay a lower price based on having any pre-existing coursework or transfer credits.
- Most Partner Teachers take between 2-3 years to complete the university coursework required by our program. Our university partners will offer coursework outside of working hours, so that you can teach while completing your coursework. However, this means that you will need to attend coursework during the evenings, during the summer, and/or on weekends (depending on the university).
Depending on how much coursework you have and what you wish to teach, you may find that our program is in fact not the right pathway for you in terms of time, cost, and/or desired subject area. If this is the case, please write into our online support center and ask to have your application withdrawn, if you have already submitted one. We encourage you to attend one of the Pathways events held by the Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality, so you can learn about a teaching pathway that may be more suitable for you.