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Master of Arts in Teaching
Inclusive Childhood Education: Teacher Residency
Initial Certification

This program is a one-year combined residency and master of arts in teaching (MAT) preparing you to teach elementary school students of all backgrounds and instructional needs. All teacher residents are eligible for some level of scholarship and financial aid. Additionally, there are opportunities to earn subsidies or wages depending on your residency location.

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Master of Arts in Teaching in Inclusive Childhood Education

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The NYU Teacher Residency prepares you for the realities of the classroom with rigorous course work, hands-on practice, and culturally responsive teaching. You will have the opportunity to build deep knowledge of how to serve all students – including emergent bilinguals and students with disabilities – in your content area. 

The design of our curriculum aligns with what you’re doing in the classroom. You will experience one module at a time while learning with close support from your teacher mentor and gradually increasing your classroom responsibilities.

When it’s time to lead a classroom of your own, you will have the confidence and practical foundation to meet the needs of each student while building a community of learners and connecting with families and the local community.

Participation in the residency must be with one of our partner schools. Currently only five of the NYC charter school residency sites offer the MAT in Inclusive Childhood Education.

With the Inclusive Childhood Education degree, your support team will include a primary and secondary teaching mentor and residency school site partner staff, a residency director and fellow peers at your school, and two NYU Steinhardt faculty per module who will co-instruct you.

You will meet online with faculty and peers twice per week in the evening using the interactive tools Zoom and Canvas. While collaborating and building meaningful relationships in this learning community, you will share your challenges and gain helpful advice. A third interactive video tool called Torsh will help you reflect on your progression, identify areas where you need additional support, and celebrate your successes.

During your residency year, you will facilitate a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project that you co-design with your students. Past PARs focused on a range of issues, from school culture and bullying policies to efforts that make math more fun and engaging. This project provides an opportunity to foster a collaborative relationship with your student community, one of the most important skills you learn in your role as an educator.

The Inclusive Childhood Education Teacher Residency is an elementary school teacher preparation program. The course work and fieldwork lead to eligibility for initial certification in New York State in childhood education and childhood special education for Grades 1–6.

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