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Make an impact with your master of arts in teaching

Teaching is a powerful way to make a positive difference. Whether you are changing your career or are a new college graduate, this one-year combined residency and master of arts in teaching (MAT) empowers you to profoundly impact students, classrooms, schools, and communities.

Resident teacher using her Master of Arts in Teaching degree to work with a child in a classroom

NYU Teacher Residency: It all starts with community

The NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency is a comprehensive, intensive training program designed for educators. This innovative program expertly combines rigorous academic coursework with practical, real-world field experience. Participants are thoroughly prepared for the demands of modern teaching, culminating in qualifications that earn a master of arts in teaching and a recommendation for initial certification education.

We offer a transformative graduate program experience by combining comprehensive instruction from a world-renowned research university with deep partnerships in districts and charter schools across the country. Your practical preparation happens directly in the classroom where you learn how to serve all students, create an inclusive classroom environment, and become an integral part of a school and community.

Our team provides you with mentoring, coaching, advising, and moral support, creating a safe and effective teaching program for you to learn and grow. 

We partner with school districts and charter organizations that share our goal to transform teacher preparation. Participation in the residency must be with one of our partner schools in these regions: New York City; Upstate and Central NY; Rhode Island; and Washington, DC.

Student at
Inwood Academy,
partner school of
NYU Steinhardt’s
Teacher Residency
program.

Preparation to serve all learners

The NYU Teacher Residency has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education with the Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity. The program is built on the core beliefs that every child deserves an excellent education and that our diverse schools must have a teaching force that reflects local communities. As an aspiring teacher in our program, you are an important part of our promise to address longstanding issues of inequity and educational injustice in classrooms across the US.

You will gain the knowledge to become a teacher who deeply understands how to serve students of all backgrounds and all instructional needs. Your cohort of peers mirrors this commitment to diversity. Our teacher residents represent a variety of academic, personal, and professional backgrounds and experiences.

While learning alongside and from this cohort, you take courses centered on culturally responsive teaching, building and respecting community, and meeting the needs of and serving all students. You will explore asset-based education and a variety of classroom management and pedagogical techniques, including restorative justice, strategies for authentic assessment, and individualized instruction.

The master of arts in teaching online (MAT)

The MAT in Inclusive Childhood Education degree provides you the student with a foundation to teach younger learners in Grades 1-6 and students with disabilities, Pre-K-Grade 12 (all grades). The MAT in Secondary Education degree prepares you with depth of knowledge in a chosen content area in English, mathematics, science, or social studies for Grades 7-12 (with a Grades 5-6 extension), or in secondary special education for Grades 7-12. Degree option availability varies by location.

Curriculum
Resident
writing on a
whiteboard in his
residency classroom.

Immersive design linked to coursework experience

As a student pursuing a master’s degree in teaching, you gradually take on more responsibility throughout the year while studying alongside your teacher mentor in one of our partner schools, whether your school meets remotely, in person, or uses a hybrid model. 

This immersive design intentionally connects learning theory with hands-on practice to build your confidence and skills as a new teacher. When you’re not in the classroom, you meet online in the evening, twice per week, with NYU Steinhardt faculty and peers facilitated by state-of-the-art interactive tools. Your cohort becomes a closely-knit learning community for you to grow with and lean on throughout – and beyond – the residency experience.

Program Experience

Our Summer 2024 application is now closed. The Summer 2025 application will open soon.

The focus on cultural responsiveness was so important. There’s so much I learned that I never would have been able to handle on my own.

ASHLEY
GRADUATE, 2019 COHORT,
CORONA NORCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, CA

>66% of NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residents identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

(compared to ~20% in US public education overall) Source: National Center for Education Statistics

 I grew up in Brooklyn. I love that I get to come back to my home city and work with a community that I have experience with and care about.

MANNY
GRADUATE, 2019 COHORT,
PROSPECT SCHOOLS, BROOKLYN

62% of the 2021 cohort teach high-need subject areas

Whether you aspire to become a special education teacher in an integrated co-teaching classroom or a US history teacher for Advanced Placement students, this program offers the skills needed to connect with, engage, empower, challenge, and reach all of your students.

DIANA TURK
DIRECTOR OF TEACHER EDUCATION; CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING AT NYU STEINHARDT; CO-DIRECTOR, NYU TEACHER RESIDENCY

It’s clear our goals are to absorb material in one class at a time, build strong relationships, and get increasingly comfortable with eventually becoming the lead teacher.

JUSTIN
GRADUATE, 2018 COHORT,
SYRACUSE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT