Frequently Asked Questions – Residency Site Information

Where can I complete my residency year?

We have partnered with school districts and charter networks across the country where our teacher residents can make the greatest impact. To learn more about the locations we serve, visit our School Locations page.

Can I choose where I can complete my residency year?

You have an opportunity to select preferred partner school locations in your application. You will undergo a two-step process: step one is acceptance from NYU; step two is when you will interview with the school district/charter network. They must decide to hire you in order to secure your placement in a school. You can interview with multiple school districts/charter networks and, if you are offered positions in multiple places, it is your choice where you ultimately go.

If I’m accepted into NYU, am I guaranteed a placement in a school district or charter school?

Not necessarily. You will need to complete the second step of the process, which is to interview with a school and get a job offer.

Are the school district and charter network partners looking for specific content areas?

We work with our partners to understand their teaching needs. Currently, the highest needs are in middle and high school math, the sciences, and special education. Many of our partners are also looking for talented and dedicated middle and high school English and social studies teachers.

After the program is over, will I be eligible to teach in the school where I am doing my residency?

Upon successful completion, you’ll earn your master’s degree and be recommended for initial teacher certification in New York. If you wish to be certified in a different state, you must research and ensure that you meet or will meet that state’s certification requirements. NYU’s certification officer and your partnering district/charter partner will provide support and guidance in this process. You will work with your school, your district/charter partner, and your residency director to determine the availability of full-time positions for the upcoming year. They will support you in finding available positions in your school or another school within the school district/charter network.

Do I need to make a commitment to teach in my placement school beyond the residency year?

After successfully completing the master’s program, you’ll get priority hiring based on the availability of positions within the school system. It varies by school district and charter network, but most of our partners, who commit significant resources to your residency year (a stipend/wage and a significant master’s degree subsidy), require a two-year commitment in return and hope that you’ll choose to be a teacher in their schools beyond the two years. See our School Locations page for details.

What does the relationship between the teacher mentor and teacher resident look like?

Teacher mentors are instructors, role models, and collaborative partners who build authentic relationships with you. They work with you to provide gradual increases in responsibility, help you cultivate relationships with families and students, establish positive classroom culture using restorative justice practices, and model how to use data. Overall the goal is for teacher mentors to partner with NYU Steinhardt faculty to ensure your success.

How do you prepare the teacher mentors? What supports are available?

We take the responsibility of our teacher mentors very seriously. We have full-time residency directors, who are NYU faculty members living in the region. These are knowledgeable faculty who have been teachers themselves and have practical experience in classrooms and schools. They work closely with teacher mentors and provide on-site support and coaching, classroom observations, and provide monthly professional learning communities for your teacher mentors.