Connect learning theory with expert guidance in classroom practice
Each curriculum module connects learning theory with practice and builds on what you’re doing in the classroom. Upon completion, you’ll earn your master of arts in teaching and achieve your recommendation for initial certification in New York State* in a secondary teaching content area in English, mathematics, science, or social studies for grades 7 – 12 (with a 5 – 6 extension), or in special education – students with disabilities 7 – 12 generalist.
Classes meet online
Immersed in a classroom with your teacher mentor, you meet with NYU Steinhardt faculty and fellow teacher residents on a schedule designed to help you progress into an effective educator. You take synchronous module classes as well as content-specific classes during a set time each week in the evening, leaving the time when you’re not in the classroom to study on your own schedule. You learn face-to-face using video technology and form a collaborative community with your cohort. Online learning in the Teacher Residency maximizes interpersonal relationships and relevant instruction.
Your course work will help you learn about your students, their families, and their community. In the classroom, you'll apply this knowledge as your mentor teacher starts the school year and come to understand the importance of establishing certain routines and procedures to build a culture of rapport and achievement in your classroom.
Your course work will focus on your content area and how you teach that subject to diverse learners, including bilingual speakers, students with special needs, English language learners, and students with varying literacy abilities. In the classroom, you'll apply this knowledge to your students' community.
You'll learn about your responsibilities as a teacher and how those duties affect your relationship with your students. As the lead teacher in the classroom, you'll apply all your course work to ensure your teaching meets the needs of your school and each student's academic achievement goals.
At the end of the school year, you'll finish your research project. At that point, you'll have completed the requirements for your Teacher Residency and demonstrated the skills of a highly effective teacher.
*Note: The course work and fieldwork lead to eligibility for initial teaching certification in New York State. Please visit our Professional Licensure page for more information.