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At NYU Steinhardt, we are committed to finding teachers who will drive impact and help students reach their full potential. Our admissions process is designed to give us a sense of who you are, what drives you, and how you aim to positively influence the future of education.

Ready to take the next step towards your future as an NYU Steinhardt teacher resident? Once you have reviewed the program’s eligibility requirements and have determined the program is the right fit, you’ll navigate through three key stages of the teacher residency admissions process, the third of which will vary based on whether you choose our full-day (paid) or half-day (unpaid) residency offering. In most cases, the admissions process will take eight to twelve weeks from application deadline to residency decisions rendered. 

1. Your application

NYU Steinhardt takes a holistic approach in evaluating your application, taking into account your academic background, personal and professional experiences, and motivations. The following is required to complete your online application:

a. Application profile – Build your prospective student profile to access our application portal, dashboard, and our team of enrollment advisors who can answer any questions you may have along your admissions journey.

b. Transcript(s) – Highlight your academic strengths. A transcript review helps us assess your eligibility for specific content area(s) within the program. Submit your unofficial transcript first, followed by a consent form so our team may request an official transcript on your behalf. 

c. Letters of recommendation – Provide insight into your character, experience, and achievements through the eyes of others. You’ll need two letters of recommendation, ideally from those who know you within a professional or academic context. If you are currently completing your undergraduate degree or have graduated within the past two years, we ask that you submit at least one recommendation that can speak to your academic performance.

d. Resume – Reflect your employment history, as well as your most recent achievements and pursuits. We’ll provide the preferred template of our faculty and hiring managers.

e. Essay – Demonstrate your commitment to ongoing reflection, learning, and the practice of inclusivity and accessibility for all learners. Answer one to two related questions in 500 words or less. 

f. Video introduction – Bring your application to life! Create a 90-second video to offer our faculty a better sense of who you are as an individual and will be as a future teacher. 

g. English proficiency exam – If English is not your native language, submit results from one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. This requirement may be waived if you received four years of education as either an undergraduate or graduate student where the official language of instruction of the institution was English. For more details, please see our English proficiency testing requirements.

h. Application fee – A $75 nonrefundable application fee may be required to submit your application. In certain cases, a fee waiver is available. Prompts within the application will guide you through the process.

2. NYU Steinhardt faculty admissions committee review and interview

NYU Steinhardt faculty review each application individually. Applicants who meet academic standards will be invited to participate in an asynchronous interview. You will be asked to respond to questions designed to help our faculty understand why the Teacher Residency is the right program to help you grow and thrive as an emerging teacher.

During this stage, you will also be asked to complete a residency preference survey to indicate for which residency locations you’d like to be considered. 

After the interview process, our Office of Graduate Admissions will notify you about your admission to the NYU Teacher Residency via email. 

As teaching is an integral part of the program, you must commit to participate in a half- or full-day residency with one of our program’s partner schools.Your admission to the program will include an invitation to participate in a half-day residency with NYC Department of Education (DOE) schools. You may choose to accept this offer or pursue a full-day residency in the third and final stage of your admissions journey. You may also pay your tuition deposit at this stage to reserve your position in the half-day program, or if you choose to pursue a full day residency, you may decide to wait until your residency offer is secured before paying your deposit.

3. Partner school interviews and offer

Pursuing a half- or full-day teacher residency is often informed by a variety of factors. While a full-day residency offer is not guaranteed, many will seek this option based on the stipends, wages, and other benefits that are associated with the full-day residency option. See our residency partner schools to explore the range of opportunities. 

Candidates advanced by our faculty will be invited to the final stage of the admissions process. Based on the type of residency you pursue, your experience may look one of two ways:

a. For prospective full-day residents (most applicants): Select application materials will be forwarded to hiring managers at our district/charter partner schools that have been identified as the best fit based on your residency preference survey responses. Hiring managers will review your materials to decide whom to invite to final interviews.

Final interviews will take place with our district and charter partners to determine your full-day residency offer and solidify your residency location.

b. For prospective half-day NYC Department of Education (DOE) residents: No additional action is needed. You will be notified by NYU Teacher Residency faculty where you will be placed in one of our DOE partner schools with your residency offer.

Key dates and resources

The application cycle for the Summer 2024 cohort is now open. We encourage you to apply by the upcoming deadline to make the most of your admissions experience. All components of the application must be submitted by the deadline in order to receive a timely admissions decision.

Resources to make the most of your application:

Important notes for the best admissions experience:

  • 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.
  • NYU requires immunization records. To comply with New York State Public Health laws and University requirements, all students – regardless of location – are expected to follow NYU’s immunization guidelines.
  • Partner schools may require a criminal background check. 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.

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

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.


I was scared because I didn’t know what online learning 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.