Teaching in NYC
What You Need to Know
Becoming Certified to Teach
- 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.
Partner Spotlight: WHEELS
The Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) is a grade 6-12 district school grounded in a culture of high expectations. WHEELS was founded by Principal Brett Kimmel (Houston ’96) in 2006, and Teach For America corps members and alumni make up more than half of the 40-person faculty.
In 2008, entering sixth graders were reading, on average, at a fourth-grade level. After three years at WHEELS, they were reading, on average, at grade level—five years of growth in three years of school. Currently, 95 percent of WHEELS seniors are on track to graduate, and the staff is committed to helping the remaining five percent excel.
In 2012, WHEELS’ first ever senior class marched from the school to the post office to mail out the final pieces of their college applications.Younger students made posters and cheered, encouraging the seniors as they exited the school. One senior who had applied to 22 schools said, “I’m most proud of actually getting to this point, because most people would not expect it. I’m also proud of how many kids in our school made it.”
The borough of Brooklyn is home to more than 2.5 million people of every nationality, race, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic background imaginable. Generally more affordable than Manhattan, Brooklyn proudly offers numerous great neighborhoods for corps members to choose from. Many opt to live in the neighborhoods in which they teach, including Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Williamsburg. Outside of the classroom, there's never a shortage of things to do in Brooklyn. Highlights include Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and countless galleries, music venues, farmer's markets, restaurants, and bars.
Placement School Locations
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Early Childhood
- Social Studies
- Special Education