Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • At least a bachelor’s degree, conferred by 12/31/16 
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (Consideration will be given to applicants with lower GPAs who have demonstrated achievement, pending their completion of the GPA statement found in the application.)
  • Applicants must have 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 2017. Please note that teacher education coursework includes any credits earned that would qualify towards certification as a teacher. Candidates with no education coursework are eligible to apply.
  • U.S. citizenship, or permanent residency status with a valid green card
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • No previous teaching certification (from any state, ever). [Those who have already received teaching certification can visit Teach NYC to see other pathways to teaching in NYC schools]
  • No experience working as a regular, full-time K-12 teacher in NYC public schools. Those with teaching experience at the college level, in charter and/or private schools are eligible to apply.
  • No experience benefiting from any other NYC Department of Education program that provides tuition assistance towards teacher certification
  • No "unsatisfactory" ratings from the NYC Department of Education


Prior to the start of training, individuals who are offered admission into the program 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 Eligibility Requirements

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  • Special Education

  • Math

  • Science

  • English

  • Social Studies

  • English as a New Language (ENL)