Inspired to teach?  Find your path at CUNY.

CUNY’s Teacher Education programs aim to strengthen our city’s schools, and prepare an effective and diverse teaching force.  Regardless of where you’re starting or where you want to go, CUNY provides a pathway for aspiring teachers to become strong practitioners and leaders in schools.

Why become a teacher?

CUNY’s education programs prepare candidates to excel in any setting, and especially value their relationship with the NYC Department of Education, the largest and most diverse school district in the country.  Working in education you embark on an innovative career with many opportunities for advancement and the ability to directly impact children and communities: maybe yours!

  • Starting public school salaries in NYC are $56,711, much higher than the average wage of college graduates. New teachers with a master’s earn more than $63,751, and experienced teachers can earn more than $119,000.
  • DOE benefits include health insurance, retirement and school vacations.

What education do I need to become a teacher?

In New York State, teachers can get initially certified with a bachelor’s degree in education.  If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can become a teacher by earning a master’s degree in education.  CUNY offers hundreds of options in nearly every certification area granted by New York State Education Department.

Alternate route programs at CUNY, with partners like NYC Teaching Fellows or New Visions, enables candidates to pursue a master’s degree while they teach and earn a salary.

New York teachers need a master’s degree and continued professional learning.  CUNY offers Advanced Certs, doctoral degrees, CTLE credits and more, to provide teachers with high quality and affordable options so they can grow professionally.


What kind of role is right for me?

Think critically about subject areas in which you might want to teach.  Jobs are more available in high-demand areas like Special Education, Bilingual Education and STEM, and applicants with dual certification are also well positioned for hiring.  Consider your transcript history, bilingualism and personal strengths.  You might even earn a salary credit if you have related work experience in these shortage areas.

Think expansively about your career options in education. If you like working with youth, but aren’t sure about teaching or work setting, consider other options such as school counseling, speech therapy, youth studies, or social work. CUNY offers all of these degrees, too!

Why should I study at CUNY to be an educator?

CUNY provides students with the opportunity to pursue high-quality and affordable education degrees in a wide range of offerings, which include teacher residencies, research, scholarships and grant-funded programs.  CUNY is deeply engaged with a range of partners, and also contributes to education initiatives with the city and state. Examples of these include:

  • NYC Men Teach
  • Teacher Opportunity Corps
  • Algebra for All
  • Computer Science for All
  • Health Ed Works
  • Pathways to PE
  • UPK

If you’re a Paraprofessional at the DOE you may receive tuition benefits through the Career Teaching Program.  Paras and other school staff may also be able to complete required fieldwork at their job site, enabling them to more easily work and pursue a degree at the same time.