Curriculum | NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency Program


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, 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.

4.5 credits
Early Fall
3.0 credits

Active practice

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.

Late Fall Through Spring
9.0 credits

Peak teaching

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.

Spring Through Summer
13.5 credits

*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.

 We built this program from the ground up, and [the faculty] all agreed on starting with the ideas of building community and understanding identity.

Heather Woodley
Clinical Associate Professor of TESOL, Bilingual Education, and Foreign Language Education
NYU Steinhardt

7 regions across the country

 I was scared because I didn’t know what online looked like and wondered how I would stay on top of myself if it’s all online. How would I hold myself accountable to complete the work, especially with group projects and things of that nature? But the online tools actually helped me manage my workload.

graduate, 2019 cohort,
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (now Prospect Schools)