East Harlem Teaching Residency – Adolescent Special Education (MSEd)


The East Harlem Teaching Residency, a partnership between the East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) and Hunter College School of Education, is a highly selective teacher training program that develops, supports, and certifies aspiring educators to become elementary special educators in New York.

The Residency is an innovative, cohort-based teacher-training pathway for recent college graduates and career changers that develops, supports, and certifies aspiring educators to become inclusive learning teachers for East Harlem Scholars Academies and the greater East Harlem community. The program aims to improve educational outcomes for East Harlem students and increase the number of highly effective teachers serving East Harlem.

Over the course of the 28-month program, Residents co-teach a class in grades 7 through 12 at East Harlem Scholars Academies. Additionally, they receive a $45,000/year stipend and health insurance as well as a approximately $5,000 per year in tuition subsidy towards their Master’s degree and recommendation for certification in Adolescent Special Education from Hunter College upon completion of the program.

Academic Plan


Total Credits



  • Gina Riley, Faculty Advisor
  • soeopp@hunter.cuny.edu, Program Coordinator
  • Alissa Herbert, Certification, Graduation and  Administrative Advisor

Newly Accepted Partnership Program Students

Program Sequence

East Harlem Teaching Residency is a cohorted program, and the program advisor will discuss each cohort’s particular course of study at the start of the program and before class registration. Program sequence is subject to change. To view course descriptions, progress standards and exit requirements visit the Hunter College catalog.

Clinical Experiences

First Summer – Preservice Fieldwork

As required by New York State law governing alternative certification programs, you will participate in pre-service fieldwork during your first summer. You will be placed in a summer school setting where you will begin to learn and develop your pedagogical skills. Placement for pre-service summer fieldwork is managed by EHTP.

Residency Year

During your residency year, all fieldwork requirements are embedded in your residency placement. You are not required to complete additional fieldwork beyond your residency.

Certification and Licensure

The East Harlem Teaching Residency is a New York State certification program for Adolescent Special Education (MSED) and you will apply for your certification through the New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH Online Services.

You will apply for a Transitional B at the beginning of the program and will apply for Initial Certification upon graduation. Once you have completed three years of full-time paid teaching experience you can apply for your Professional Certification.

Please note, the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) will no longer be a certification requirement as of April 27, 2022. Visit the Certification and Licensure page for more information regarding this change.


Graduation is the official completion of your program and conferral of an academic degree. In order to graduate, students must apply for graduation using CUNYFirst the semester before the semester of their planned graduation and complete any outstanding requirements by the stated deadlines. Visit the Graduation and Commencement page for complete information.