Spring Classroom Apprenticeship


Middle school is a pivotal stage, providing one of the most significant opportunities for a teacher to alter a student's academic trajectory. Research demonstrates that the level of academic achievements attained by eighth grade has more of an impact on students' college and career readiness than any subsequent education. Students graduating from middle school with low academic skills are at much higher risk of dropping out and are unlikely to ever attend college.

Carefully aligned with the Chancellor's priority to strengthen the performance of middle schools in New York City, the Middle School Spring Classroom Apprenticeship (SCA) places talented new recruits in intensive classroom embedded training between March and May 2014. In this highly competitive program, participants will be guided by a rigorously selected Cooperating Teacher for ten weeks of immersion while gaining greater familiarity with the needs of middle school learners. Apprentices will also attend weekly workshops that will build upon their teaching skills. This program is intended to position our future educators to be as successful as possible as classroom teachers in our schools next fall.


  • Early consideration for positions in host school for the 2014 – 2015 school year as opportunities arise
  • Opportunity to learn first-hand about what it takes to be a successful middle school educator in NYC public middle schools
  • Chance to make a positive impact on students during a critical period in their development
  • 10 weeks of full-time field training with an experienced cooperating teacher in a NYC public school from Monday through Friday*
  • Weekly workshops and sessions to build skills in planning and delivering instruction to students and to network with program participants
  • May satisfy student teaching requirements in some teacher preparation programs**
  • $4,500 stipend upon successful completion of the program

* May be adjusted to accommodate college or university class schedule.

**Current student teachers must work with their university to ensure that their participation in the Apprenticeship will satisfy their student teaching experience requirements.

Typical Day

Apprentices will typically work in a high-need middle school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. During that time, apprentices will have the opportunity to work in small groups with students, lead whole class lessons, and observe their Cooperating Teacher and other excellent teachers in action. All the while, participants will receive constructive feedback from their Cooperating Teacher on specific aspects of teaching. Participants will also attend weekly supplemental professional development sessions led by an experienced NYC public schools teacher to train you to be effective in a high-need middle school.


In order to be eligible for the SCA program, applicants must have graduated in 2013 or be on track to do so in Spring 2014. In addition, all applicants must meet the following application requirements:

  • Strong interest in teaching middle grades
  • Graduated or will graduate with a degree from an approved teacher preparation program in the NYC metro area with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Certified or will be certified in one of the following areas by September 2014: English Language Arts, Math, Sciences, Social Studies, Students with Disabilities, Middle School Generalist, English as a Second Language  


  • Final Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, at 11:59 PM 
  • Selection Period: January through Mid-February
  • Admission Notifications: Early February
  • Program Duration: March 17- May 23

How to Apply

UPDATE: (January 16, 2014) The SCA application has CLOSED for the Spring 2014 cohort. We thank you for your interest in this year's program.

Students interested in applying for the SCA program should complete an application through the NYCDOE student teaching registration portal. In addition to the application form, applicants must also submit the following:

  • Resume AND unofficial transcripts
  • Sample lesson plan
  • Completed response to the required essay question

As noted above, SCA is a highly competitive program, and our cohorts of Apprentices are generally very small. Accordingly, we encourage interested candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible. 

Please call 718-935-2516 or email studentteachercoordinator@schools.nyc.gov for more information.