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We are committed to preparing teachers from a wide range of backgrounds to closely reflect the students in our partner schools’ communities.

NYU reviews all applications individually and comprehensively. Our priority is enrolling candidates who possess not only basic requirements but a tenacious spirit and true commitment to addressing educational inequality, based on the belief that all students are capable of high achievement. District and charter network partners will also interview candidates to ensure a proper fit for mutual success.

We encourage you to submit and complete your application as soon as possible to get updates about whether you meet NYU’s academic requirements and information about 2018-2019 school partners.


Prior Teaching Experience Not Required.

Content Coursework in Proposed Subject Area of Teaching
24-30 credits

First, confirm your eligibility for the content area you’re interested in teaching. In some cases, additional courses may be required to match your existing credits to your subject area of choice.

English Education Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension

You must have completed a bachelor's degree in English with a strong GPA or 30 semester hours in English, including:

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

Course codes are likely ENG, LIT, WRI, LANG, etc. Potential courses requiring additional course descriptions submitted are PHIL, HUM, HIS.

Mathematics Education Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension

You must have completed a bachelor's degree with a strong mathematics GPA. 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, trigonometry, data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics

Course codes are likely MTH, MATH, CALC, etc. and should be 100 level or above.

Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics) Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension

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 coursework in your specific science area. You can be considered to begin the program if you have 24 credits in your specific science area.

Course codes are likely BIO, BCHEM, ANP, ANT, ECO, CHEM, PHYS, etc.

Social Studies Education Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension

You must have completed a bachelor's degree with a strong GPA and 24 semester hours of history and geography of the United States and the world. Specifically, you must have completed:

  • 3 semester hours of government, politics, or political science
  • 3 semester hours of economics
  • 3 additional semester hours of history, geography, government, politics, and political science

Course codes are likely HIST, GEO, ECON, POL, GOV, etc.

Special Education Generalist Education Grades 7-12

You must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong GPA. You must also have:

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

Course codes would likely be an aggregate of those listed above for other content areas.

Strong Undergraduate GPA

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.

General Education Course Requirements in Liberal Arts & Sciences

Most undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences meet this requirement. However, administrators may help arrange missing coursework for outstanding applicants.

Some states (New York State, for example) require candidates for teacher certification* to have knowledge, understanding, and skills in the liberal arts and sciences, including artistic expression; communication; information retrieval; concepts in history and social sciences, humanities; a language other than English; scientific and mathematical processes; and written analysis and expression.

If you show strong potential to be an effective teacher, but your transcript shows you are missing General Education Core coursework in the liberal arts and sciences, you will be required to meet the deficient area before graduation from the program. Depending on circumstances and courses, administrators can help arrange this coursework within your program.

Course deficiencies, which are in addition to Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching (EMAT) requirements, may be fulfilled by enrolling in and completing college-level courses at any regionally accredited college or by completing approved College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.

*If you are interested in certification, it is your responsibility to research and ensure that you meet or will you’re your state’s certification requirements. If you have questions regarding a particular state requirements or application process, we recommend that you email or speak to a certification representative in that state.

Official Scores from the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

There is no cut score for these exams. 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.

I've been respected as a full member of faculty from day one. Matt Brooklyn Prospect Teacher Resident

How to Apply

1. Complete your Teacher Residency Application

Start your Teacher Residency application. It will take about 5 minutes to complete.

2. Upload Required Documents

Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email with a link to upload the following documents into our application portal.

Résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)

Updated to reflect your most recent pursuits.

Statement of Purpose

(2-3 pages typed, double-spaced) explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in the Teacher Residency program. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and inform the admissions committee/partner schools about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to the Teacher Residency program and becoming a certified teacher.

Letters of Recommendation

from people who know you and can comment on your academic and professional qualifications as they relate to your interests in becoming a teacher. Choose people most familiar with your former or current studies, research interests, or work, and avoid recommendations of a personal nature. If you’ve been out of school for some time, you can provide a recommendation from an employer or supervisor. Be sure to request these letters well in advance of the deadline.


You may use unofficial copies of your transcripts from your undergraduate and any graduate work during the admissions committee review process. Please send these directly to your enrollment specialist via email. A Transcript Release Form must be completed to initiate the process of requesting your official transcripts from your schools.

3. Take the GRE exam or the Miller Analogies Test

This is a New York State requirement. If you’ve taken either exam within the past 5 years, please have your official scores sent to NYU Steinhardt. Our ETS Institution Code is 2556 (NEW YORK U STEINHARDT SCH); a department code is not required. Be sure to select this as your designated score recipient. If you have not taken either exam, please register for your GRE or MAT. The Admissions Committee will not forward your application for review until you have submitted proof that you’ve registered for the GRE or MAT.

4. Explore Financial Aid Options

To determine your eligibility for all scholarships from NYU Steinhardt and our school-location partners and to apply for student loans, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for both 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The institution code number for New York University is 002785. FAFSAs must be submitted by June 1, 2018. But don’t wait, submit your FAFSA today!

5. NYU Admissions Committee Review

NYU Steinhardt faculty review all completed applications individually and holistically.

If you pass NYU's academic standards and requirements for entry into one of the four master's degree programs, we will invite you to participate in the school partners matching process.

  • Mathematics Education: Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension
  • Social Studies Education: Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension
  • English Education: Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension
  • Science Education: Grades 7-12 with a 5-6 Extension: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics
  • Special Education Generalist: Grades 7-12

6. School Partners Matching Process

You’ll learn about our school partners for the 2018-2019 academic year and new partners will be announced in the spring of 2018. Once you indicate your school matching preferences, we’ll share your application with those school partners.

Just like a job search, one or more of our school partners will invite you to participate in an interview. These interviews may be on site at a school partner’s campus, over the phone, or via video conference.

The school matching process may take some time. You’ll find out which school partners you have matched with before you receive your offer of admission.

7. Receive Your Admission Details

Our Office of Graduate Admissions will notify you about your admission to the Teacher Residency program via email.

8. View Your Financial Aid/Review Tuition and Fees

If you filed both the 2017 -18 and 2018-19 FAFSAs, the NYU Office of Financial Aid will notify you by email when your financial aid package, including scholarships, is ready for viewing. You will not be able to access your financial aid information until you receive an email notice from the Office of Financial Aid.

9. Accept or Decline Our Offer of Admission

We hope you decide to join our incoming Teacher Residency program cohort! To confirm your place, we require a nonrefundable tuition deposit – as requested in your acceptance email – that is applied as a credit to your student account. Please refer to your acceptance email for your tuition deposit deadline.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future year must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.

NOTE: Please be advised that 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.

NYU Steinhardt's Teacher Residency is proud to be a City Year Career Partner. This partnership reflects the shared visions and values of both organizations, and their belief that young people can keep students on track to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. The City Year experience is a strong indicator of future success as a teacher resident, and AmeriCorps members and alumni interested in continuing their commitment to education and student achievement are encouraged to apply. For more information visit our Partnership Page.