Master’s Degree and Certification
One of the benefits of the NYC Teaching Residency program is enrollment in a subsidized master’s degree program. Rather than complete a traditional teacher education program prior to entering the classroom, Residents pursue a master’s degree in education while gaining hands-on experience in a NYC public school. Most Residents will attend St. John’s University for their master’s degree; however, science Residents will attend Lehman College.
Cost to the Resident
The NYC Department of Education subsidizes most of the cost of university tuition (excluding books and materials). Residents are not responsible for paying tuition during their residency year; however, each Resident is responsible for contributing towards their master’s degree. While the amount has not yet been finalized for the 2013 program, August 2012 Residents will be responsible for $6,600 towards their degree. This amount will be deducted over time from the Resident’s regular paycheck once they begin teaching full time.
After successful completion of their residency year, Residents will work under Transitional B certification issued by New York State allowing them to teach full-time while enrolled in a master’s degree program. Upon completion of the master's degree, Residents may apply for Initial or Professional NY State teaching certification.
Learn about the experience of Residents after they complete their residency year.