Frequently Asked Questions – Program Details

How long is the Teacher Residency and master’s program?

One year. It begins during the summer of your first year and ends the following June. Find out more about this year’s schedule and curriculum.

What makes this master’s program different than other degrees in teaching?

In one year, you will obtain a master’s in teaching from NYU Steinhardt, work to be recommended to become a certified teacher, and have gained a full year of experience within a classroom environment. You will take one class – or module – at a time, which lasts four to five weeks. The modules are designed to build upon one another and support what you’re doing in the classroom. Take a read of our blog post, Four Benefits of a Teacher Residency, for more information.

What is a residency program?

Teacher residency programs combine a year of full-time experience in a classroom with rigorous graduate course work. In this model, you’re embedded in a classroom working alongside an experienced teacher mentor during the entire length of the degree program.

What makes this residency program different from other residency programs?

A teacher residency prepares you for the realities of the classroom unlike any other experience. A residency from NYU Steinhardt sets itself apart by providing you with a degree from one of the leading research institutions in the world (without having to actually be in New York City). The Teacher Residency is also different from other residency models because all of our partners are urban schools with high populations of marginalized and historically underrepresented students; you will experience your residency where you can make an incredible impact. You will build deep expertise in your content area. You’ll also learn how to infuse literacy instruction across content areas while gaining the skills and knowledge to work with diverse student populations, including students with disabilities and emergent bilinguals.

What is the average time commitment during the one-year master’s degree?

Participants in the Teacher Residency will work full time in one of our partner schools in a student-facing role. You will also spend about 15 hours/week on course work outside of school hours. You will take your course work online, one course at a time. Approximately three per week that you dedicate to course work will be in synchronous live meetings online in the evenings. You can access your classes anywhere with Internet access on a laptop or desktop computer.

Is this program only online? Are there face-to-face interactions too?

Your courses are offered online but this is not an online program. This is a teacher residency program and you will be doing most of your learning in a school each day where real teaching and learning happens. You will have a cohort of your peers assigned to the same school building or buildings close by in your school district or charter network. You will be assigned a teacher mentor – an experienced teacher in your content area – to work with you every day for the entire program.

For the course work that starts in the summer, can I do it anywhere?

Yes! Virtual orientation is the last week of June and is required. Your first course will begin in early July and during this module, you can access it from anywhere. It is around the start of the second course that you’ll start your residency. You should plan to be available in the location of your school sometime in August.

What does it look like to manage being a full-time teacher resident as well as a full-time student?

You will have the benefit of applying your course work in real time. Instead of learning a concept, and waiting a year – or, in some cases, multiple years – to test it out in the classroom, you will constantly check your understanding alongside your faculty advisors and teacher mentors. Because classes are offered one at a time, this makes the workload more manageable while you’re working full time in your residency school. The workload, while manageable, is rigorous, since this is a one-year master’s program.

What kind of support will I have from NYU since I’m not on campus?

We have several supports in place to make you successful. A local residency director is paired with each school partner and is the liaison for your school, NYU, and you. You will have a content mentor  an NYU faculty member  who will work with you weekly to improve your teaching in your content area. You will also have a student services advisor readily available by phone and email. This person provides ongoing support and administrative advising throughout the program. We deploy the latest technology that enhances practice, mentoring, and course work  all using cutting-edge virtual tools.

Will I be certified to teach anywhere?

No. Once you successfully complete your Master of Arts in Teaching through NYU Steinhardt, you will be eligible for recommendation for certification in New York, pending completion of any credit deficiencies. We have certification officers who help you along the way should you be teaching in California and wish to get certified there, in addition to New York. If you are planning to teach in Florida our certification officer and district partner will provide support to apply for certification. Also note that certification costs vary by state. The average cost is about $900 for New York State.

Will I automatically be certified?

You must receive a recommendation from NYU Steinhardt to go through the certification process to take and pass required exams. Completing the master’s program does not guarantee a recommendation for certification. To receive a recommendation, you must:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the competencies needed to be a highly effective teacher and mentor for all learners in your classroom
  • Complete your assignments as a successful co-teacher, sharing equally in classroom responsibilities with your mentor teacher
  • Successfully complete your solo teaching assignment

Is this program accredited?

Yes, we are fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation.

What grades and subjects can I teach?

Right now, we’re preparing teacher residents to teach in middle and high schools. You’ll be eligible to be certified in California, Florida, or New York, based on your previous undergraduate or graduate course work in one of the following content areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education Generalist