Who is eligible for the NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency?

Our eligibility requirements in content course work ensure that our graduates are highly qualified to teach in their subject areas and are ready to apply for certification or credentialing in our partner locations’ states.

You must have a bachelor’s degree and 18-30 credits in one of these concentration areas: history, English, math, or science. For special education candidates, you must have a distribution of liberal arts course work in the four concentration areas.

Prior teaching experience is not required.

We recommend you explore the information provided for each content area you are interested in applying for. This information offers guidance to determine which content area(s) your undergraduate and graduate credits may qualify you for in our residency partners’ states. In some cases, additional courses may be required to match your existing credits to your subject area of choice.

After completing the Teacher Residency, our students are prepared to take teaching positions in middle and high schools. You’ll be eligible to be recommended for certification in New York State in one of the following content areas and grades:

English: Grades 7-12
Mathematics: Grades 7-12
Science: Grades 7-12
Social studies: Grades 7-12
Special education generalist: Grades 7-12

What are the eligibility requirements to apply to teach English?

I have 30 credits in English

Available at all partner locations

If you have 30 credits in English (or a minimum of 24 credits*), you are eligible to apply to the English Education Grades 7-12 program for partner schools in California, Florida, and New York. Course codes most commonly associated with these courses include ENG, LIT, WRIT, and LANG. Course codes beginning with PHIL, HUM, or HIS pertaining to the above subject may be counted, but additional course descriptions will have to be submitted. You must have completed a bachelor’s degree in English or 30 semester hours in English, including

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

*If you have 24 or more credit hours in English, but less than the required 30, you can still be accepted into the Teacher Residency. You would be required to make up the remainder of the credits before the end of your residency year in order to be eligible for recommendation for certification.

I have 18 or more credits in English

Available at partner locations in Florida

If you have 18 credits in English, you are eligible to apply to the English Education Grades 5-9 program for partner schools in Florida. You must have completed a bachelor’s or higher degree with 18 semester hours in English to include the areas specified below:

  • Credit in English composition and grammar beyond freshman English
  • Credit in speech or oral interpretation
  • 9 semester hours in literature

What are the eligibility requirements to apply to teach mathematics?

I have 30 credits in mathematics

Available at all partner locations

If you have 30 credits in mathematics (or a minimum of 24 credits*), you are eligible to apply to the Mathematics Education, Grades 7-12 program for partner schools in California, Florida, and New York. Course codes most commonly associated with these courses include MTH, MATH, CALC, etc. These courses should also be 100 level or above. You must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong mathematics GPA. A strong GRE score in mathematics is highly preferred. 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, data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics
  • For Florida – 30 semester hours in mathematics to include the areas specified below, as outlined by the Florida Department of Education: 6 semester hours in calculus, credit in geometry, credit in probability or statistics, and credit in abstract or linear algebra

*If you have 24 or more credit hours in mathematics, but less than the required 30, you can still be accepted into the Teacher Residency. You will be required to make up the remaining credits before the completion of your residency year in order to be eligible for recommendation for certification.

I have 18 or more credits in mathematics

Available at partner locations in Florida

If you have 18 credits in mathematics, you are eligible to apply to the Mathematics Education, Grades 5-9 program for partner schools in Florida. A bachelor’s or higher degree with 18 semester hours in mathematics to include credit in the areas specified below, as outlined by the Florida Department of Education:

  • Calculus, precalculus, or trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Probability or statistics

What are the eligibility requirements to apply to teach science?

I have 30 credits in science (biology, chemistry, Earth science, or physics)

Available at all partner locations

If you have 30 credits in a science (or a minimum of 24 credits*), you are eligible to apply to a Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics, Grades 7-12 program for partner schools in California, Florida, and New York. Course codes most commonly associated with these courses include BIO, BCHEM, ANP, ANT, ECO, CHEM, PHYS, etc. 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, Earth science or physics
  • Completed a major in science in your undergraduate program or the equivalent of 30 total science credits in undergraduate or graduate course work in your specific science area.

*If you have 24 or more credit hours in the above areas, but less than the required 30, you can still be accepted into the Teacher Residency. You would be required to make up the remainder of the credits before the end of your residency year in order to be eligible for recommendation for certification.

I have 18 or more credits in science (biology, chemistry, Earth science, or physics)

Available at partner locations in Florida

If you have 18 credits in science, you are eligible to apply to the General Science Education, Grades 5-9 program for partner schools in Florida. A bachelor’s or higher degree with 18 semester hours in science with associated laboratory experiences to include credit in each of the areas specified below:

  • Biological science
  • Chemistry or physics
  • Earth-space science or Earth science

Visit the Florida Department of Education website and scroll down to “Science Areas” for details.

What are the eligibility requirements to apply to teach social studies?

I have 30 credits in social studies

Available at all partner locations

If you have 30 credits in social studies (or a minimum of 24 credits*), you are eligible to apply to the Social Studies Education Grades 7-12 program for partner schools in California, Florida, and New York. Course codes most commonly associated with these courses include HIST, GEO, ECON, POL, GOV, etc. You must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong GPA and a total of 30 credits. Specifically, you need to have completed:

  • 3 semester hours of economics
  • 3 semester hours of government, politics, or political science
  • 21 semester hours of history and geography of the United States and the world
  • 3 additional semester hours of history, geography, government, politics, and political science

*If you have 24 or more credit hours in social studies, but less than the required 30, you can still be accepted into the Teacher Residency. You would be required to make up the remainder of the credits before the end of your residency year in order to be eligible for recommendation for certification.

I have 18 or more credits in social studies

Available at partner locations in Florida

If you have 18 credits in social studies, you are eligible to apply to the Social Science Education Grades 5-9 program for partner schools in Florida. You must have completed a bachelor’s or higher degree with 18 semester hours in social science or social studies to include the areas specified below:

  • 6 semester hours in United States history
  • Credit in economics
  • Credit in geography
  • Credit in United States government
  • Credit in western civilization or European, Asian, African, Latin American, or Middle Eastern history

What are the eligibility requirements to apply to teach special education (generalist)?

Available at all partner locations

You must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong GPA. If you have 30 credits in a liberal arts major or concentration (or a minimum of 24 credits*) and have a distribution of credits in the below content areas, you are eligible to apply to the Special Education Generalist Grades 7-12 program for all partner locations. To learn more about what is defined as “liberal arts,” please visit the New York State Department of Education’s website. Course codes would likely be an aggregate of those listed for the content areas. You must have:

  • 6 semester hours of English language arts
  • 6 semester hours of mathematics (includes statistics)
  • 6 semester hours of natural or physical sciences
  • 6 semester hours of social studies/social sciences

*If you are missing 6 semester hours from what is listed above, you can still be accepted into the Teacher Residency. You would be required to make up the remainder of the credits before the end of your residency year in order to be eligible for recommendation for certification.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, you are eligible to apply to the Exceptional Student Education program for partner schools in Florida.

What if I don’t have enough credits to qualify for one of the core concentration areas?

You may still be eligible for the special education concentration. You must have a minimum of 18 credits in one of the four content areas, or distributed across the content areas for a special education candidacy. You will need to complete any remaining credit requirements prior to the end of your residency year.

If you do not have enough credits to apply for the content area of your choice, you may also consider taking the course work needed for eligibility and reapply for admission the following year.

Am I eligible for the NYU Teacher Residency program if English is not my native language?

Your ability to speak, write, and read with fluency in English is crucial to your success at NYU Steinhardt and as a teacher in our partner schools. We expect all students to be proficient in English at their time of admission to NYU Steinhardt.

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.

Do you accept non-US citizen (international) applications?

You must have the equivalent of a four-year US bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission. Your ability to speak, write, and read with fluency in English is crucial to your success at NYU Steinhardt.

Because the course work for this program is online, candidates are not eligible for visa sponsorship from New York University at this time. You will not be eligible for the F or J visa types through NYU. Please explore one of our on-campus programs that would allow eligibility for the F or J visa. Read more about Steinhardt admissions policies for international applicants.

Please note: These directions are meant to help you in completing your application but should not be considered legal advice.

Do I need to pass a 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.