How to apply
We are committed to preparing teachers from a wide range of backgrounds to closely reflect the students in our partner schools’ communities.
NYU Steinhardt reviews all applications individually and comprehensively. Our priority is selecting candidates who possess not only basic requirements but a tenacious spirit and true commitment to addressing educational inequality, based on the belief that all students are capable of high achievement.
The selection process
The Teacher Residency selection process is split into two parts. NYU Steinhardt faculty review applications first and then district and charter hiring managers interview candidates. Final admission into the Teacher Residency requires each candidate to pass NYU Steinhardt faculty review and receive an offer from at least one of our district or charter locations.
The timing for communicating faculty review decisions as well as the district/charter interviewing process for each of the application deadlines can be found below. In general, faculty decisions are made within two weeks of each application deadline (the exception being the December 9, 2019 deadline) and final admission decisions based on the district and charter hiring process can be expected to take between one to two months.
Application deadlines and final admission decisions
- April 13, 2020 deadline
- Faculty review decisions communicated by April 20
- Partner location interview process started within 30 days
- Final admission decisions communicated within an additional 30 days
- May 4, 2020 deadline (full-time residency)
- Faculty review decisions communicated by May 11
- Partner location interview process started within 14 days
- Final admission decisions communicated within an additional 14 days
- May 25, 2020 deadline (part-time residency)
- Faculty review decisions communicated by June 1
- Partner location interview process started within 7 days
- Final admission decisions communicated within an additional 7 days
Note: In order to be notified of your final admissions decision on the above timeframes, you must have all application materials listed below submitted by the corresponding application deadline.
We encourage you to begin and complete the application steps below as soon as possible, with special attention given to the first two steps: understanding eligibility requirements and providing your unofficial transcripts. Our eligibility requirements in content course work ensure that our graduates become the most qualified subject area teachers for each and every student.
An initial transcript review is required to ensure that you are eligible to teach in the content area(s) you have preferenced in your application profile. You may email unofficial copies of your transcripts for any undergraduate and graduate course work that you have completed to one of our enrollment specialists.
Once you’ve created your profile, and submitted your unofficial transcript, you’ll receive an email with a link to upload the following documents into our application portal.
- Transcript Request form
Your enrollment specialist will send you an email with a Transcript Request form via DocuSign. Once we receive this form, we can request official transcripts on your behalf.
- Two letters of recommendation
These should be from people who know you and can comment on your academic and professional qualifications as they relate to your interest in becoming a teacher. Choose people most familiar with your former or current studies, research interests, or work, and avoid recommendations of a personal nature. If you’ve been out of school for some time, you can provide a recommendation from an employer or supervisor. Be sure to reach out to your recommenders and request these letters well in advance of the deadline.
You will be provided a template to update your résumé that reflects your employment history, as well as your most recent achievements and pursuits.
These are your opportunity to introduce yourself and inform the admissions committee and our residency locations about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to earning a Master of Arts in Teaching and entering the teaching profession. Provide two-to-three pages typed, double-spaced explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in the NYU Teacher Residency program.
GRE or MAT
You are required to take the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). This is a New York State requirement. If you’ve taken either exam within the past five years, please have your official scores sent to NYU Steinhardt. Our ETS Institution Code is 2556 (NEW YORK U STEINHARDT SCH); a department code is not required. Be sure to select this as your designated score recipient. If you have not taken either exam, please register for your GRE or MAT. Your application will not be reviewed until you have submitted proof to your enrollment specialist that you’ve registered and paid to take either the GRE or MAT.
There is no cut score for these exams. 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. For candidates interested in teaching math, the admissions committee views your score as an indicator of mathematical content knowledge and it, therefore, is considered more heavily in determining final admission into the NYU Teacher Residency.
English proficiency exams
If your native language is not English, you must submit results from one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. This requirement is waived if:
- You received four years of education as an undergraduate where the official language of instruction of the institution was English for all course work; or
- You received four years of education as a graduate student where the official language of instruction of the institution was English for all course work; or
- You received a combined undergraduate and graduate education of four years where the official language of instruction of the institution was English for all course work
- The Admissions Committee reserves the right to require any candidate, regardless of country of citizenship or prior college experience, to submit results from an English language exam prior to rendering a decision if they believe the applicant’s proficiency in English may not meet admissions standards.
To accept your offer with NYU Steinhardt, you’ll be asked to pay a $200 non-refundable deposit that will be applied directly to your tuition.
Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future year must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.