Program Eligibility

Before applying to the NYC Teaching Collaborative, be sure that you meet basic program eligibility requirements. 

I am currently completing my bachelor's degree. Can I apply?

For candidates currently earning their bachelor’s degree, your degree must be conferred by 12/31/17 in order to be eligible to apply to the January 2018 program.

My GPA is lower than 3.0. Can I apply?

An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (Holistic consideration will be given to applicants with a GPA below 3.0 based upon demonstrated achievement and their completion of a supplementary GPA statement)

I'm already certified to teach. What is my next step?

Candidates who have already received teaching certification can visit Teach NYC to see other pathways to teaching in NYC schools.

What if I taught, but not in NYC public schools?

Candidates with teaching experience at the college level, in charter and/or private schools are eligible to apply.

What is "teacher track education coursework"?

Applicants must have completed no more than 17 college credits in teacher education coursework and cannot have completed a major or minor in education before beginning training with the NYC Teaching Collaborative in January 2018. Please note that teacher education coursework includes any credits earned that would qualify towards certification as a teacher. Candidates with no previous education coursework are certainly eligible to apply!


Prior to the start of training, in order to be eligible to participate in the program, accepted applicants will also be required to:

  • Take the GRE and obtain a score 
  • Take and pass a fingerprint-supported background check through the NYC Department of Education

Subject Area Eligibility

Partner Teachers are prepared to go where they are needed most. Rather than applying to teach a specific subject area, you will be asked to provide information regarding your subject area preferences as you complete your application. Applicants to the NYC Teaching Collaborative will be screened for subject area eligibility and assigned a subject area based upon their eligibility and preferences, as well as the anticipated hiring needs of the NYC Department of Education.

For the January 2018 application, we are collecting preferences for the following subject areas: English as a New Language, English, Math, Science (Biology or Chemistry), Social Studies, Special Education, and Special Education - Moderate/Severe (District 75). We will also ask candidates to self-report whether they are bilingual. Below, you will find a breakdown of the eligibility requirements for each of our subject areas.

Please note: subject areas may change over the course of the application season based on the anticipated hiring needs of the NYC Department of Education. 

Subject Eligibility Requirements

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  • Special Education

  • Math

  • Science

  • English

  • Social Studies

  • English as a New Language (ENL)