Teaching in NYC

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $40,000 - $58,000.




Relay Graduate School of Education (required two year program)


Two years

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Do I have to take the GRE?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • How much does a master’s degree program cost?
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?

Certification can be obtained in two years through our partner university.

New York City corps members are certified to teach under a New York State Transitional B license, which requires them to be enrolled in a Master’s degree program throughout their two years as a corps member. In order to qualify for the Transitional B certificate, all corps members are required to:

  • Pass three initial New York State Teaching Certification Exam(s) for their license area
  • Take the GRE in order to be admitted into the certification Master’s degree program
  • Pass three New York State teaching workshops
  • Pass background checks through city and state fingerprinting
  • Complete an online application
  • Enroll in and maintain good academic standing in their master’s certification program as assigned by Teach For America 

Based upon their teaching position and corresponding license area, corps members in New York City are required to attend their assigned partner graduate program. Teach For America has subsidized tuition partnerships with these programs to ensure the program costs are financially feasible for corps members. Our partnerships also ensure that corps members are receiving the necessary training and support to be superb educators.

New York City corps members can gain an Initial New York State teaching certificate at the end of their two-year commitment by meeting additional certification requirements and by being nominated by their graduate school partner.

In the winter of 2015 The New York State Legislature approved a law requiring all graduate students to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test, in order to enroll in graduate-level Teacher B preparation or educational leadership programs. Once a matriculate has confirmed their offer to join the New York City corps, the New York City regional team works closely with all matriculates to create a plan for taking and passing all enrollment and certification exams.


Yes. New York State requires all teachers to have or be in the process of obtaining a master’s, therefore, all New York City corps members must be enrolled in a master’s certification program throughout their two years of teaching. Our university partnership is with Relay Graduate School of Education


New York City corps member receive a discount on tuition for their master’s programs. Corps members who are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps stipend can expect to pay about $6,000 out-of-pocket over the course of their two years as a corps member. 




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