Become a teacher in San Francisco

Next application deadline

May 25, 2020

Have you ever considered becoming a teacher in San Francisco

Teaching can be one of the most rewarding and powerful ways to make a positive difference in the world. And with the NYU Teacher Residency, you can learn to teach in a global, dynamic city like San Francisco.

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Are you curious about what makes teaching so impactful?

Here are five reasons to become a teacher in San Francisco

Do work that matters

Many people are searching for careers that make a positive impact. One of the most profound ways to do so is to become a teacher.

When you become a teacher, you are actively making the future more promising. You will help children and young adults prepare for life, build dreams, and create bright futures. Purpose can be found daily in the classroom. As you likely experienced during your own time in school, teachers are so often the foundational supports in young people’s lives.

Become part of a community

When you become a teacher, you play an integral role – professionally and personally – in a neighborhood. You form a connectedness with families unlike any other career. You also create a close-knit community with fellow educators, who act as your support system, mentors, and friends to help you navigate the rewarding experience of being a teacher.

Be a steward for culturally responsive teaching

In the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), education is a social justice issue. For more than a decade, SFUSD has focused relentlessly on equity and the role that systemic oppression plays in the education landscape. The District has a laser-like focus on interrupting the legacy of underserving marginalized populations. This starts with a clear district-wide definition of systemic oppression and equity, combined with supports for all teachers. Every new teacher is given the opportunity to examine their biases and understand how they may impact their viewpoints.

Share your passion

As a teacher, you will help students develop a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. Perhaps you are a history buff or a writer and you want to inspire students to explore their own interests in social studies or language arts. Maybe you love science and math and want to help all students understand that these subjects are critical for their futures. You will have an opportunity to expose students to new ideas, subjects, and points of view while sharing your own passions. By sharing your expertise in a particular content area, you will help students explore their own interests and build confidence in courses they may not have believed they had an aptitude for.

Help students learn, and never stop learning yourself

No two days of teaching are the same and much of this is attributed to the fact that learning is involved. Helping a scholar learn means supporting their growth, development, and discovery on a daily basis. You will open doors for students to different ways of thinking, fascinating ideas, and new subjects when you choose a career in education. Some days you may witness the lightbulb shine when your class grasps a new concept. Other days your purpose may be found through a conversation with a student who is struggling in other parts of their life. All of this occurs while you are growing and learning right alongside your students.

I’ve taken classes online but I’ve never been able to go to school online. Relationships are fostered and, even though we’re all in different places, there’s a real connection established.



The Teacher Residency requires no previous teaching experience or education course work. However, we do require a commitment to becoming a highly skilled educator and a strong belief that every child deserves a great education.

College graduates with a strong academic grounding in English, math, social studies, or science are encouraged to apply. To qualify for special education, a foundation in the liberal arts and a desire to support students with special needs is required.

Although there is no minimum GPA requirement, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA is preferred. However, we still encourage strong applicants with under a 3.0 GPA to apply.

Most undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences meet this requirement. Missing course work can be arranged for outstanding applicants. State certification requirements vary.

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.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements in content areas. Our enrollment specialists can answer all your questions about content-area requirements, your transcript or course codes.

NYU Teacher Residency Program Experience

The Teacher Residency provides you with a master of arts in teaching and a certification in English, math, social studies, science, or special education for middle or high school.

Total Immersion with Guided Support

While you teach alongside teacher mentors, technology-enhanced feedback sessions with faculty allow you to share challenges and gain helpful advice as you gradually increase your responsibilities in the classroom.

NYU Steinhardt’s Innovative Curriculum

Faculty are experts in a range of urban education issues including emergent bilinguals, fiscal inequities between urban and suburban schools, racial segregation, and restorative justice. Faculty instruct you online with course modules that align with what you’re doing in the classroom.

Priority Hiring for San Francisco Teacher Residents

After successfully completing the program, eligible participants within the San Francisco Unified School District are given preferential hiring in their school or district and, if hired, make a commitment to teach in a community for a specified amount of time.

There are also residency partner schools in Danbury, CT, Washington, DC, Palm Beach, FL, Upstate and Central New York, and New York City. We continue to add locations, and regions, as the Teacher Residency grows.