Become a
teacher where
you make the
greatest impact

Available in districts across the US, the NYU Teacher Residency is a one-year, combined residency and online master of arts in teaching (MAT) that prepares you to serve all learners.

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Program Overview

The NYU Teacher Residency is a unique one-year program built on the core beliefs that every child deserves an excellent education and that our diverse schools must have a teaching force that reflects local communities. If selected by NYU Steinhardt, in partnership with various districts and charter organizations, you’ll be guided through a curriculum with a strong emphasis on cultural responsiveness, special education, literacy, and the education of emergent bilinguals. You’ll also start teaching right away.

Designed for Aspiring Teachers

Whether you are changing your career or are a new college graduate, this program empowers you to have a profound impact on students, classrooms, schools, and communities.

A Safe and Effective Environment

Within a teaching and learning community unlike any other, you’ll be provided with mentoring, coaching, advising, and moral support to help you learn and grow.

Two Degree Options

Earn a 34-credit MAT in Inclusive Childhood Education or a 30-credit MAT in Secondary Education. Degree option availability varies by residency site location.

We partner with school districts and charter organizations that share our goal to transform teacher preparation, currently in:

  • Albany, NY
  • New York City
  • Rochester, NY
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Washington, DC

Frequently Asked Questions

Standardized graduate admissions exams such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Miller Analogies Test are not required.

The MAT in Inclusive Childhood Education degree provides you with a foundation to teach younger learners in Grades 1-6, including students with disabilities. The MAT in Secondary Education degree prepares you with depth of knowledge in a chosen content area in English, mathematics, science, or social studies for Grades 7-12 (with a Grades 5-6 extension), or in secondary special education for Grades 7-12. Degree option availability varies by location.

NYU Steinhardt faculty review applications first and then invite selected candidates to participate in a group interview. Final admission into the Teacher Residency requires each candidate to pass NYU Steinhardt faculty review. If you are admitted to the program, you will commit to participate in a half- or full-day residency with one of our program’s partner schools. You will go through a selection and hiring process with our district and charter partners if you choose to pursue the full-day residency option.

“Whether you aspire to become a special education teacher in an integrated co-teaching classroom or a US history teacher for Advanced Placement students, this program offers the skills needed to connect with, engage, empower, challenge, and reach all of your students.”

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

“I knew math, but I did not know how to teach the concept behind the equation and relate the concepts to real-world situations. The Teacher Residency showed me how to teach the content in different ways to facilitate a learning experience for all learners.”

Graduate, 2020 Cohort
Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, NYC

“I couldn’t imagine going through any other teaching program. People learn by doing and emulating. With the assistance of a teacher mentor, you get to see what ‘right’ looks like the entire time. And being focused on [cultural understanding] was so useful. These different perspectives are so important.”

Graduate, 2018 Cohort
Syracuse City School District

“I am trying to figure out the ways in which I can bring equity to the classroom, from eliminating biases to discussing cultural backgrounds. The first thing we had to do in the Teacher Residency was walk around the neighborhoods of our students. I still do that every September and every time I get a new student. I walk their neighborhood to understand what they experience.”

Graduate, 2018 Cohort
NYC Department of Education, Forest Hills, NY