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

  • June 15, 2020 deadline (part-time residency) 
    • Faculty review decisions communicated by June 29
    • 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.

Application steps

    1. 1. Check the eligibility requirements
Eligibility to join the Teacher Residency is based on your previous undergraduate and graduate course work. There are different course work requirements for each of the content areas. Check the eligibility requirements and reference your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts to ensure initial eligibility. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact an enrollment specialist.
    1. 2. Complete your application profile
If you have not already done so, complete your profile that gives you access to our application portal, dashboard, and one of our enrollment specialists. Your enrollment specialist can answer questions you may have when completing and submitting your application materials.
    1. 3. Email your unofficial transcript(s)

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.

    1. 4. Upload required documents

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.

  • Résumé

    You will be provided a template to update your résumé that reflects your employment history, as well as your most recent achievements and pursuits.

  • Essays

    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.

    1. 5. Take the required exams


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.

Explore English proficiency testing requirements.

    1. 6. Explore financial aid options
To determine your eligibility for scholarships from NYU Steinhardt and to apply for student loans, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for both 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The institution code number for New York University is 002785. FAFSAs must be submitted by June 1, 2020. But don’t wait, submit your FAFSAs today!
    1. 7. NYU Steinhardt faculty admissions committee review
NYU Steinhardt faculty review all completed applications individually and holistically. If you are approved by the admissions committee, you will be notified that you’ve met Steinhardt’s academic standards and requirements for entry into our masters degree program.
    1. 8. District and charter hiring process
After your application has passed NYU Steinhardt faculty review, your résumé and essays will be forwarded to all of the Residency locations that you preferenced in your application. The hiring managers for each of our district and charter locations review these materials and conduct interviews to determine final admissions decisions into the Teacher Residency. For our NYC DOE and Danbury, CT partnerships, the interview will be conducted with a select group of NYU Steinhardt faculty.
    1. 9. Receive your admission details
Our Office of Graduate Admissions will notify you about your final admission to the NYU Teacher Residency via email.
    1. 10. View your financial aid/review tuition and fees
Once admitted and you’ve completed your FAFSAs, you will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid with guidance on how to review any scholarships, financial aid, and tuition fees in our student information system, Albert.
    1. 11. Accept or decline our offer of admission

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.

The 2020 application has closed. The 2021 application will open later this summer.

 I didn’t realize initially how unique the residency experience would be. Instead of only a short time in the classroom, in this extended period of time, I’ve learned so much more. I’ve changed my opinions and become more flexible in my understanding of what students need.

graduate, 2019 cohort
Syracuse City School District

 I was scared because I didn’t know what online looked like and wondered how I would stay on top of myself if it’s all online. How would I hold myself accountable to complete the work, especially with group projects and things of that nature? But the online tools actually helped me manage my workload.

graduate, 2019 cohort,
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School