New York City Teaching Fellows


The New York City Teaching Fellows (NYCTF) is an alternative teacher preparation program leading to New York State teacher certification. The NYCTF program is a collaboration among the New York City Department of Education, CUNY, and certain private universities in New York City. You teach full time in high needs New York City public schools while studying at partner universities and participating in continuous supervision and professional development. Tuition costs are subsidized at approximately 50% by the NYCDOE and you are not responsible for any tuition payments until your second year in the program. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, you earn a master’s degree and are eligible for New York State initial teacher certification. Currently as a partner university, Hunter College hosts Teaching Fellows in Special Education and Bilingual Education.

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

  • You must be accepted by the New York City Teaching Fellows program and assigned to Hunter College
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • A liberal arts or sciences major (or interdisciplinary concentration) of at least 30 credits
  • General education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include: artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, concepts in history and social sciences, humanities, a language other than English, scientific and mathematical process, and written analysis and expression
  • Childhood Bilingual applicants must demonstrate speaking, reading, and writing fluency in Spanish, Chinese, or French by passing a Hunter College language proficiency exam
  • Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Applicants must not have or be eligible for teacher certification in any state
  • Applicants who earned bachelor’s degrees outside the U.S. or took 90 or more credits of undergraduate courses outside the U.S. must take the TOEFL exam in order to apply

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