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New York City Teaching Fellows


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Who Can Apply: US Citizens, Permanent Residents – A minimum of bachelor's degree by the start of the program– Fluency in English - GPA of 3.0 or higher

IMPORTANT: Applications WILL NOT be reviewed from candidates who have:

  • Ever been certified to teach (in any state).
  • Completed a teacher preparation program, including any bachelor's degree or master's degree program that provides a pathway to teacher certification. 
  • Previously benefited from a NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) tuition assistance program (other than career training for paraprofessionals).

Description: The New York City Teaching Fellows program is preparing a critical mass of exceptional teachers committed to a better future for the NYC students who need them most. Our teachers go where they are needed the most - they teach in urban neighborhoods, where too many children have fallen behind and are struggling to catch up.  They understand the challenges of growing up in a low-income community, and work tirelessly to provide their students with the educational opportunities available to students from wealthier backgrounds.

Fellows in the 2016 program will train to teach math, science, special education, elementary bilingual, Spanish, and English as a Second Language. Subject areas may change based on the needs of the NYC DOE.

Program Preferences: There is no one profile of an ideal candidate. A strong candidate may have built a successful career in business or engineering and now wishes to give back as a teacher. They could be a high-achieving recent graduate who majored in economics or physics who now wants to share their passion for these subjects with NYC students. Whatever their background, they believe that every student can achieve at a high-level and will do whatever it takes to help them get there. Because great teachers are the key to student success, our program is highly selective. Over the past 5 years, only 12 percent of applicants have been accepted – a rate comparable to those of top-tier universities.

Award Amount: Once Fellows are hired as full-time teachers in New York City public schools they are eligible for the same starting salary and benefits as other teachers. Fellows also receive additional financial benefits, including a stipend during pre-service training. Fellows may also be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. During the 2016 – 2017 school year, a Fellow with only a bachelor's degree and no additional coursework can expect to earn an annual salary of at least $49,908. New York City teachers earn more based on experience and coursework beyond a bachelor's degree. Fellows with advanced degrees may be eligible for a salary differential, which is determined on a case-by-case basis through the NYC Department of Education.

National Deadline: January 21, 2016

National Scholarships Office
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