NYC Teaching Collaborative FAQs

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  • What does "alternative certification" mean?

  • Do Partner Teachers receive teaching certification from New York State?

  • What is the difference between the NYC Teaching Collaborative and other alternative certification programs, like the NYC Teaching Fellows program or Teach for America?

  • Do Partner Teachers take teacher certification exams like the EAS and CST?

  • What type of person makes a strong candidate for the NYC Teaching Collaborative?

  • Who is eligible for the NYC Teaching Collaborative?

  • Is a candidate eligible if s/he has no prior teaching experience or education coursework?

  • Why are certified teachers not eligible to apply, and what should they do to obtain teaching positions in NYC?

  • I have a Bachelor's degree from a non-U.S. university. Can I still apply?

  • I participated in a different alternative certification program but was never certified. Am I eligible?

  • What type of Master’s degree do Partner Teachers earn?

  • How long does it take to complete the Master’s degree?

  • What is the cost of the Master’s degree to participants of the NYC Teaching Collaborative?

  • Are Partner Teachers eligible for the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program?

  • What do Partner Teachers teach?

  • Where do Partner Teachers teach?

  • How does a person know what he/she is eligible to teach?

  • How does the job search process work?

  • What do Partner Teachers earn while completing their training experience?

  • What should I do if I need additional credits? Will I need to pay for them?

  • What is the starting salary for Partner Teachers in their first year as a full-time teacher?

  • How intensive is the NYC Teaching Collaborative experience?

  • What types of support do Partner Teachers receive?

  • Why should I apply by a specific deadline?

  • I'm graduating in Spring 2018. Can I participate in the program, given that it starts in January 2018?

  • My GPA is below 3.0. Can I still apply?

  • I work(ed) for the DOE as a paraprofessional or a substitute teacher (long term or per-diem). Am I still eligible?