Clinically Rich Integrated Science Program (CRISP), M.A.

MA in Teaching Science, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification: Clinically Rich Integrated Science Program (CRISP)

Earn Your Master's Degree in One Year in This Teacher Residency Program

We are no longer admitting students to this program. Please see our new Teacher Residency program, an MAT in Secondary Education that leads to eligibility for initial certification in teaching science to students in grades 7-12. 

Prepare for a career as a science teacher in urban public schools. This one-year, full-time teacher residency program immerses you in a science classroom for an entire school year. You will spend four days a week in a closely mentored teaching residency placement at a Manhattan secondary school, integrating theory, practice, and content into your daily teaching learning and experiences, and progressing to co-teaching two science classes. Students in this program who are US citizens or permanent residents receive $30,000 tuition scholarships. 

This master of arts program leads to eligibility for initial New York state certification in Teaching Biology, Chemistry, or Physics for grades 7-12.

What you'll learn
  • A deep understanding of science
  • Skills to meet the challenges of teaching students affected by poverty, disabilities, and deficits in academic literacy
  • Tools, dispositions, and connections to scientists, science educators, and learning communities in order to thrive as early-career teachers and to ensure your students thrive as well

See the curriculum and requirements for this master's degree. 

See how to apply, learn more about program staff, and read a FAQ

How you'll learn

Immersion in a Public School Classroom
As a CRISP teacher resident, you will spend three weeks in July at a middle school in Brooklyn and then four days a week from September through June in one of three host middle or high schools on Manhattan's Lower East Side, such as The Dr. Sun Yat Sen School (MS 131). You'll work closely with your classroom teacher/mentor and your school's senior leadership and science faculty, and receive intensive weekly coaching by your mentor, the CRISP Residency Coach, and NYU's Urban Master Teacher in Science.

Increased Responsibility as a Classroom Teacher
You will start the school year in September as an observer and assistant in one science class and progress to co-teaching two science classes – one with younger students and the other with older students – assuming joint responsibility for planning, teaching, and managing those classes.

Dual Focus on Groups of Learners and Individual Learners
In addition to learning to teach a full class, you will also work with individual students to understand and address their special learning needs. You will follow closely and tutor a small group of students and take responsibility for improving their individual academic outcomes. Your group will include literacy-challenged students, students with Individualized Education Plans, English language learners, and students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Focused Explorations of Classrooms and Other Learning Environments
You will participate, on a weekly or near-weekly basis, in instructional rounds led by NYU and school faculty, similar to clinical rounds common in medical education. Rounds will visit fellow CRISP residents' classrooms, other learning environments in the host and nearby schools, and community settings, such as the Henry Street Settlement and the New York City Center for Space Science Education. Through observation and analysis, you'll gain perspective on the important dimensions of establishing classroom and laboratory systems, norms, and behavioral habits.

Academic Courses Offers On-Site in Host Schools
NYU Steinhardt faculty teach selected graduate courses in teaching, literacy and language acquisition, and data and assessment on site in host schools. These field-based courses integrate your experiences in the classroom and with your small groups into your coursework and provide opportunities for you to interact with and learn from members of school inquiry teams, early career teachers, and master teachers.

Campus-Based Courses and Networking
Year-long courses combine work on campus, work in the field, and online learning to immerse you in modern science concepts, scientific advances, and research.

Technology-Infused Curriculum
You will use technology throughout the teacher residency program – smart boards in classrooms, iPad-based or other handheld text and video exchanges, blogs and wikis, Cisco-supported video- and teleconferencing, online course work in collaboration with our partner, the American Museum of Natural History, and web-based courseware. Your own use of new media and technologies prepares you to incorporate multimedia teaching and learning techniques into your own classroom practice.