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Master of Arts in Teaching
Secondary Education: Teacher Residency
Initial Certification

This program is a one-year combined residency and master of arts in teaching (MAT) preparing you to teach middle and high 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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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

MAT in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

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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 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 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 in these regions: New York City; Upstate and Central NY; Danbury, CT; Washington, DC; Palm Beach, FL; or San Francisco, CA.

As a teacher resident, you have support from NYU Steinhardt faculty, a cohort of peers, a teaching mentor, a residency director, and residency site school leadership.

You 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 share your challenges and gain helpful advice. A third interactive video tool called Torsh helps you reflect on your progression, identify areas where you need additional support, and celebrate your successes.

During your residency year, you facilitate a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project, which 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 can learn in your role as an educator.

The Teacher Residency is a middle and high school teacher preparation program. The course work and fieldwork lead to eligibility for an initial teaching certification in New York State.

Depending on your content area, you will graduate ready to take on a role in:

  • Secondary school English education, Grades 7–12  
  • Secondary school mathematics education, Grades 7–12
  • Secondary school science education, Grades 7–12
  • Secondary school social studies education, Grades 7–12 
  • Secondary school special education generalist, Grades 7–12

In recent years, graduates obtained positions with the New York City Department of Education; New York City charter schools; the San Francisco Unified School District, CA; the School District of Palm Beach County, FL; Washington, DC, public charters; Danbury Public Schools, CT; the Albany Community Charter School, NY; the City School District of Albany, NY; and the Syracuse City School District, NY.

You have to think of ways to make content accessible to all types of learners. I think that the NYU Steinhardt course work did a really good job of covering a wide range of areas, and it taught us how to deal with so many situations."

Maya, Graduate, 2020 Cohort

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