I’ve submitted my application, but have yet to hear about an interview. When should I expect to be invited to interview?
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and most applications are reviewed within two to four weeks. All candidates will hear back from our program, regardless whether they are invited to interview or not. You will receive this decision in your Teacher Track Message Center.
I am about to graduate from college. When do I need to have my degree conferred to be eligible for your program?
If you are a senior in college about to graduate, you will need to have your degree conferred by the beginning of June 2017 to be eligible for the 2017 Summer Program.
I understand that I need to have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA but I’m just short. Would I still be able to apply?
If you have an undergraduate cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.0, we will review these applications holistically and take GPA statements, essays, accomplishments, and demonstrations of leadership into consideration.
I have experience working as a substitute teacher or paraprofessional. Am I eligible to apply?
Substitutes and paraprofessionals are not fully certified, and therefore are still eligible to apply. Many substitutes and paraprofessionals find that our program is a great fit because they already have experience in New York City classrooms.
I participated in another alternative certification program, but was not certified. Am I eligible to apply?
No. You are not eligible if you have participated in another alternative certification program, regardless of completion.
I applied last year and was accepted but did not enroll. Do I need to reapply or can I just enroll in this year’s program?
Previously accepted candidates must re-apply to the program. The applicant pool and the needs of schools change from year to year so we cannot guarantee acceptance into an upcoming cohort.
I have a bachelor’s degree from a non-U.S. university. Can I still apply?
Yes. If you are invited to participate in an interview you will need to have your transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES), a foreign education translation service. Before you can schedule an interview, you will need to submit a WES evaluation. We do not accept transcript evaluations from any other service. Please see our WES Guidelines for more information.
Do I need to take exams to be qualified for the Fellows program? Should I take them before applying?
You must pass three state certification exams to enter the classroom in the fall:
- Content Specialty Test (CST)
- Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
- Educating All Students (EAS)
There is no need to complete these exams prior to applying for the program. Once accepted, you will receive more information and are required to take these exams before the start of pre-service training. Once you've been selected and enrolled in the program, you will also be required to take the GRE to enroll at your university.
What salary will I receive as part of the Fellows program?
Each Fellow is provided with a stipend to offset living costs during their training. In 2016, Fellows received a $2,500 stipend during training, although the stipend for future cohorts is subject to change. Upon being hired by a school, Fellows will be employed by the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) and receive a salary based on the teacher’s salary schedule.
How long does it typically take to complete the master’s degree?
The master's program takes two to three years to complete depending on the university that you attend, your subject area, and your prior coursework.
Do I get to pick the university from which I get my degree?
Our program partners with several universities located through New York City. Fellows are assigned to one of our partner universities based on their subject area and geographic preferences.
How much does the degree cost?
The NYC Department of Education subsidizes most of the cost of tuition (excluding books and materials) at its partner universities. However, Fellows are responsible for some portion of the master’s degree tuition: this amount will be deducted over time from a Fellow's regular paycheck. For the 2017 Summer Program, Fellow's estimated tuition costs are $9,000 for the Bronx Cohort and $11,500 for the Citywide Cohort.
In addition, some Fellows may be required to take additional coursework to satisfy New York State teacher certification regulations, including liberal arts credits (also known as “the general education core”) or subject-specific program prerequisite coursework for subjects like math or science. Any cost associated with additional coursework is the responsibility of the Fellow.