NYU Teacher Residency Program with Lighthouse Academies


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Lighthouse Academies is a network of K-12 charter schools. Its mission is to prepare students for college, career, and life through a rigorous arts-enriched program. The network was founded to address the staggering achievement gap, which affects the lives of a disproportionate number of people of color. NYU Steinhardt’s Teacher Residency is partnering with Lighthouse Academy Charter Schools in NYC.

Combined with a college prep curriculum, Lighthouse Academies’ staff are advocates and practitioners of restorative justice. This is accomplished with a lens to social-emotional learning, which fosters excellent collaboration among staff and students and inspires meaningful contribution to the learning community. The schools are guided by the four “Habits of Scholars for K-12”: active community membership, critical thinking, effective communication, and self-direction and management.

Teachers at Lighthouse bring their commitment to restorative practices, and they grow because of the support of the school community. You will have a coach to support you in your progression as a content-area expert and an educator with the skills to serve the whole child. On a weekly basis, time is carved out for you to collaborate with your colleagues and together create a school culture that serves every child.

Student population

71% Black
18% Hispanic
8% White
3% Other


Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch


Students with Special Needs


English Language Learners

Charter network initiatives

  • Rigorous academics designed to prepare students for college. Lighthouse has an extended school year (190 days) and school day (8 hours).
  • Social development that pays attention to the social and emotional needs of students. This includes the actionable skills program, Habits of Scholars and life coaching for students during their senior year of high school and first two years of college.
  • Arts enrichment into the core curriculum. Teachers learn how to instruct with art activities and techniques as a way to strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills – adding to overall academic achievement and school success.

The details

  • 30-credit master of arts in teaching (MAT) program
  • Meet online with NYU Steinhardt faculty and peers twice per week in the evening for your course work ~15 hours/week
  • ~40 hours/week in classroom residency at partner location
  • Tuition subsidy and stipend or wage from partner school
  • Two-year commitment following residency required
  • Full-day cost details

As a resident, you'll work full time under a mentor teacher and have the opportunity to support students daily. Your role in the classroom increases over the course of the year – progressing from working with students one-on-one to facilitating small group discussions, and eventually lead teaching. At the high school level, residents will also assist students in a college advisor role. At the middle school level, residents will play an integral role in tutoring.

During residency year

Estimated Stipend/Wage
(Resident role subject to change by Lighthouse Academies)
Health Insurance Provided by the charter network
Start Dates Orientation: End of June 2022
Residency: End of August 2022

After residency year

Job After Graduation After successful completion of the program, you will have a job waiting for you as a teacher in a Lighthouse Academy Charter School in NYC. In exchange for providing a master’s subsidy and funding to offset your living expenses during your residency year, Lighthouse requires you to make a commitment to teach in the charter network for a minimum of two years after earning your degree.

The job placement offer is provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee job placement.

Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree $60,000 to $67,000

The figures above are estimates provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee these amounts.

>60% of NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residents identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

 We know that the benefits of creating a more diverse teacher workforce are widespread; they are long-lasting, and they are life-changing.

Diana Turk
Vice Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning; Co-Director, NYU Teacher Residency,
NYU Steinhardt

 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