Admission Requirements

Make a Commitment to Urban Education

We’re recruiting exceptionally well-prepared, diverse college graduates and career changers who are passionate about education, committed to helping young people reach their fullest potential, and dedicated to improving urban schools.

General Admission Requirements

  • Strong undergraduate GPA
  • Official scores from the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Prior course work in proposed subject area of teaching: 24-30 credits

We review all applications individually and comprehensively. Although there is no minimum GPA requirement, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA is preferred. We encourage strong applicants with under a 3.0 GPA to apply.

As with all materials you submit, your GRE or MAT test scores will be viewed in a holistic light, and will not outweigh other indicators of your academic, personal, and professional qualifications to be a teacher. See how to submit scores for the GRE and the MAT.

Graduates of the NYU Steinhardt EMAT program are eligible to apply for teacher certification from New York State. Before applying for teacher certification, you must have completed the content core requirements for your intended teaching certification area, and the New York State General Education Core in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, which includes 3 semester hours of a language other than English.

If you are interested in certification outside New York State, it is your responsibility to research and ensure that you meet or will meet that state’s certification requirements. If you have questions regarding a particular state’s requirements or application process, we recommend that you email or speak to a certification representative in that state.

Requirements for Residency Partner Schools

Please be advised that licensing agencies and fieldwork placement facilities in your field of study require that you undergo a criminal background check, the results of which the agency or facility must find acceptable before placement or licensure.

Content Core Requirements

English Education, Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension

You must have completed a bachelor’s degree in English with a strong GPA or 30 semester hours in English, including:

  • 12 semester hours of literature
  • 3-6 semester hours in language
  • 3-6 semester hours in writing

Mathematics Education, Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension

You must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong mathematics GPA. You must also have:

  • 30 credits of acceptable mathematics content, which can include courses in mathematical reasoning, quantitative methods, number theory and concepts, algebra, analytic geometry, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics.

Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics), Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension

You must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong science GPA. You must also have:

  • A strong GPA in the content area of study: biology, chemistry, or physics
  • Completed a major in science in your undergraduate program or the equivalent of 30 total science credits in undergraduate or graduate coursework, with at least 18 in your specific science content area

Social Studies Education, Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension

You must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong GPA and 24 semester hours of history and geography of the United States and the world. Specifically, you must have completed:

  • 3 semester hours of government, politics, or political science
  • 3 semester hours of economics
  • 3 additional semester hours of history, geography, government, politics, political science

General Education Core Requirements

General Education Core Requirements in Liberal Arts and Science

New York State requires candidates for teacher certification to have knowledge, understanding, and skills in the liberal arts and sciences, including artistic expression; communication; information retrieval; concepts in history and social sciences, humanities; a language other than English; scientific and mathematical processes; and written analysis and expression. Most undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences meet this requirement.

If you show strong potential to be an effective teacher, but your transcript shows you are missing General Education Core course work in the liberal arts and sciences, you will be required to meet the deficient area before graduation from the program. Course deficiencies, which are in addition to MAT requirements, may be fulfilled by enrolling in and completing college-level courses at any regionally accredited college or by completing approved College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.