NYU Teacher Residency Program with Our World Neighborhood Charter School

Our World Neighborhood

Our World Neighborhood Charter School logo

Located in Astoria, Queens, Our World Neighborhood Charter School (OWN) educates students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Its educational philosophy is based on inquiry, active and experiential learning, and social justice.

OWN builds a well-rounded educational experience for all children. It does this through a purposeful focus on academics, as well as arts education and social-emotional learning opportunities. Through these experiential activities, students learn about world cultures, history of ideas, and, importantly, what it takes to be academically and socially prepared for the future.

The school, which was founded by a group of parents, works closely with families to navigate the education system and open doors for all students. The goal is for every student to leave school with new ideas of what is possible for their future.  

As a teacher at OWN, you’ll find a highly collaborative and team-oriented environment. Time is carved out for planning together and for professional development on how to best serve OWN’s richly diverse student body.

Teachers also come from a variety of backgrounds, are open to new ideas and cultures, and showcase a willingness to learn, be reflective of their practice, and continually improve the school.

When you bring an open mind and passion for educating all students to OWN, you’ll find the support to help you grow professionally.

Student population

40% Hispanic
29% White
18% Asian
7% Black


English Language Learners


Qualify for Special Education Services


Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch

Charter initiatives

  • Recommitting to experiential learning. OWN continually examines its project-based learning and determines what is most needed for students to succeed through hands-on learning.
  • Developing responsive classroom. This approach connects academics to social-emotional learning. At OWN, focusing on a responsive classroom model is intricately linked to the school culture.
  • Facilitating parent involvement. Families are a critical part of the success of all of OWN’s students. The faculty work hard to involve parents in all aspects of their child’s academics.

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 teacher resident, you’ll be a co-teacher in your content area. This means you’ll work alongside another teacher and gain responsibility throughout the year. All of this immersive learning is designed to assist you with understanding your students and their learning process, preparing you to have a class of your own the following year.

During residency year

Estimated Stipend/Wage
Health Insurance Full medical, dental, and vision benefits
Start Dates Orientation: End of June 2022
Residency: End of August 2022

After residency year

Job After Graduation Teacher (full time) After successful completion of the program, you will have a job waiting for you as a teacher at OWN. In exchange for providing a master’s subsidy and funding to offset your living expenses during your residency year, OWN requires you to make a commitment to teach there for at least 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 and Certification $65,000

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

 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

 What drew me in the most was that it was very hands-on; I could be in the classroom for the whole year. I really appreciated that you didn’t switch schools throughout the program.

graduate, 2019 cohort,
Syracuse City School District

 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)