Traditional and Alt-Cert Pathways

  • Our Anchor Program is the heart of NYC Men Teach

    Our incoming NYC Men Teach first-year teachers are called ‘Anchors.’ In a relay race, the anchor runs the final leg of the race to ensure that the entire team has the best chance at winning. Anchors drive to have a strong finish and rely heavily on their teammates – the ones who ran before them to ensure the win. In NYC Men Teach, the ‘team’ is made up of current and retired teachers, school administrators, community members, and the NYC Men Teach program team who have been running this education race and are ready to support the final leg, the Anchor, on his journey into teaching. As a classroom teacher, you will be the leader in this race to pass the baton on to your students to increase educational opportunities for them.

    To start your path towards teacher certification, you can choose either a traditional certification program, or an alternative certification program.

    A traditional certification program would be one of our CUNY Master’s programs in which you would be enrolled in a two-year Master’s degree program to then be placed in a classroom after successful completion of the coursework.

    An alternative certification program would place you directly into a classroom in a full-time teaching position with salary and full benefits. You would experience a robust training period in order to begin teaching while you also take night classes working on a certification at a partner university over a 2-4 year period, depending on the program.

    If not yet ready to commit to a traditional certification program or not yet eligible for any of the alternative certification programs, we also have our Village Pathway programs. Most people who decide to apply to be a part of our Village Pathway are either working toward getting their Bachelor’s degree or want to have some time working with NYC students in the classroom before fully committing to teaching full time. You’ll want to visit the Village Pathway page for more information on these programs.

    If you are already certified to teach in a state outside of New York and want to teach in New York City, we urge you to do your research on the NYS Teacher Reciprocity Process. NYC Men Teach will be able to provide some certification and cost assistance. For more information regarding how you may receive assistance through NYC Men Teach, please take a look at the NYC Men Teach Reciprocity Support Document.

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  • Brooklyn College
  • Graduate Admissions
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • One page biographical statement
    • GRE
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Spring Deadline: Multiple Deadlines
    Fall Deadline: Multiple Deadlines
  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065 per semester
    Part-time: $425 per credit

Brooklyn College School of Education website
Program Manager – Walter Greigg: wgreigg@ccny.cuny.edu

  • City College
  • Graduate Admissions
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words
    • GRE
    • $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Spring Deadline: October 15
    Fall Deadline: March 15
  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065 per semester
    Part-time: $425 per credit

City College School of Education website
Program Manager – Walter Greigg: wgreigg@ccny.cuny.edu

  • College of Staten Island College
  • Graduate Admissions
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • 1-2 page biographical statement
    • GRE
    • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    • $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Spring Deadline: November 25
    Fall Deadline: April 25
  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065 per semester
    Part-time: $425 per credit

College of Staten Island School of Education website
Program Manager – Tyehimba Jess: tyehimba.jess@csi.cuny.edu

  • Hunter College
  • Graduate Admissions
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • 500-word statement of purpose
    • GRE
    • $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Spring Deadline: October 15
    Fall Deadline: March 15
  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time:$10,436.90 per year
    Part-time: $560 per credit

Hunter College School of Education website
Program Manager – Jonathan Gaines: jg2785@hunter.cuny.edu

  • Lehman College
  • Graduate Admissions
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • 500-word statement of purpose
    • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
    • GRE
    • $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Spring Deadline: October 15
    Fall Deadline: April 15
  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065.00 per year
    Part-time: $560 per credit

Lehman College School of Education website
Program Manager – Fatima Sherif: fatima.sherif@lehman.cuny.edu

  • Queens College
  • Graduate Admissions
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • 500-word statement of purpose
    • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
    • GRE
    • $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Spring Deadline: Multiple Deadlines
    Fall Deadline: Multiple Deadlines
  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065 per semester
    Part-time: $425 per credit

Queens College Division of Education website
Program Manager – William Anders: william.anders@qc.cuny.edu
Spark Opportunity

Have you already graduated from a traditional certification program, attained certification, and now looking for placement in a DOE public school?

You might be eligible to go straight into the classroom! If so, all you need to do is complete a New Teacher Application at www.teachnyc.net.


Alternative Certification Programs

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