F. MATH FOR AMERICA
MfA is a 501(c)(3) private, not-for-profit organization, established in New York State, for the purpose of improving mathematics education in U.S. public secondary schools by recruiting, training, and retaining outstanding mathematics teachers. The City University of New York (CUNY) agreed to support, and MfA to fund, a fellowship designed to implement the program objectives of MfA. CUNY and MfA signed an agreement establishing the MfA Fellowship at CUNY. The Fellowship is a five-year program wherein recent college graduates and mid-career professionals spend an initial year obtaining their Master’s degree and then become teachers of record, making a four-year commitment to teach mathematics in NYC-area public secondary schools.
CUNY will provide, under the scope of the collaboratively designed curriculum, instruction to the fellows. MfA provides the fellows as follows:
The Fellowship includes the following features:
- Prepare to become a secondary school math teacher full-tuition scholarship to master’s level teacher preparation program at City College (the initial pilot college for this program), to be designed by CUNY and MfA and paid for by MfA to CUNY Central;
- health benefits, paid by MfA
- student teaching experience with an MfA Master Teacher when possible; and
- $30,000 MƒA stipend paid to Fellows directly by MfA
Years 2 – 5:
- Teach in a New York City area public or charter school position as secondary school math teacher in New York City public school
- New York City teacher’s salary + MƒA NY stipends totaling $70,000 over four years
- mentoring, coaching, and support services through MfA
- professional development and MƒA NY Corps activities.
The first cohort of Fellows will be admitted to a three semester program for their Master’s degree training to begin Summer 2012 and completed by Spring 2013. The second cohort of Fellows will be admitted for their Master’s degree training to a three semester program to begin Summer 2013 and completed Spring 2014. Cohorts will be recruited each of the two years by MƒA and CUNY and placed at a CUNY collaborating college for their Master’s degree training. The first cohort will number approximately twenty-five Fellows and will be placed at the City College of New York as the Collaborating College. MƒA and CUNY may expand the program and recruit a greater number of Fellows in the subsequent year and may add Hunter College as another collaborating college.
MfA will pay tuition and all accompanying fees for all Fellows. MfA will pay CUNY’s in-state tuition rate for up to fifteen out-of-state Fellows in each annual cohort, and MfA will pay the out-of-state tuition rate for each out-of-state Fellow in excess of fifteen (15) in each annual cohort.
CUNY will permit MfA to pay CUNY’s in-state tuition rate for up to fifteen out-of-state Fellows in each annual cohort, subject to approval by CUNY’s Board of Trustees. Other than modifying the tuition charge from out-of-state tuition rates to in-state tuition rates for up to fifteen (15) out-of-state Fellows in an annual cohort, there are no other direct costs to CUNY in connection with this Program.
CUNY will not be held responsible for tuition and fees for Fellows who take longer to complete coursework than the designated length of the graduate program (three semesters of full-time study). MfA will pay tuition costs three times a year, after each semester has begun and final charges have been calculated for each semester (summer, fall, spring). Approximate payment dates will be, respectively, August 1st October 1st and March 1st.