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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. 


We only review applications of candidates who have: 

  • At least a bachelor's degree, conferred by the start of training. Learn more.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. If you have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0, we will review your application holistically. We take GPA statements, essays, accomplishments, and demonstrations of leadership into consideration, but we are also bound by university requirements, which provide guidelines for exceptions.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency with a valid green card. Learn more.
  • Fluent in English.

We will not review applications of candidates who have:

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


All applications which meet the above application requirements are reviewed holistically and are given equal consideration. However, the Fellowship is a highly selective program, and meeting the above does not guarantee an invitation to interview or acceptance into the program. Learn more about who we look for.