Getting Certified

Alternative Routes to Certification

Alternative certification programs offer an accelerated route into the classroom for career changers and recent college graduates who have subject matter expertise, but no formal education coursework or training. You can learn more about these diverse options by clicking on the program name.

NYC Teaching Collaborative
The NYC Teaching Collaborative (formerly the NYC Teaching Residency) recruits and prepares talented, committed individuals to become effective teachers who drive student achievement in New York City's high need classrooms. While fully immersed in a secondary (7-12) classroom, Teachers in Residence develop, practice and refine instructional and behavior management skills under the mentorship of a highly-skilled educator.

New York City Teaching Fellows
Prepares high-quality, dedicated individuals to become teachers who raise student achievement in the New York City classrooms that need them most. 

Teach For America
National corps of recent college graduates and professionals of varying academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teaching in urban and rural public schools in the effort to expand educational opportunity.

New Visions for Public Schools - Hunter College Urban Teacher Residency / Math and Science Teacher Residency
The two-year Urban Teacher Residency and Math and Science Teacher Residency programs give aspiring teachers the chance to apprentice for one year with an experienced teacher in New York City, and receive a Master's degree in education along with ongoing professional development.

I-START Urban Teacher Residency Program
Designed to prepare highly qualified teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) through a 14-month residency program.

Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC2)
An 18-month (January-May), graduate-level residency program that will lead to New York State teacher certification and a Master's Degree. Participants select one of the following programs as an area of focus: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Secondary Inclusive Education (SIE), or Science Education--Biology.

Math for America Fellowship Program
Five-year program that trains mathematically-talented individuals to become secondary math teachers and supports them in the early years of their careers. The fellowship combines a one-year Master's program in education with four years of teaching and professional development.

Peace Corps Fellows Program
Recruits small but outstanding cohorts of returned Peace Corps volunteer educators who are ready to make long-term, professional commitments to teach in New York City's public schools. Fellows also complete a degree-related internship in one of the city's under-served communities.

American Museum of Natural History - Master of Arts in Teaching Urban Residency Program
Combines coursework at a world-class museum, one-on-one mentoring and ongoing professional development to create a 15-month program that addresses the critical shortage of qualified science teachers in New York State, particularly in high-need schools with diverse populations.