Tutors can choose which days of the week they will be working, but they need to keep a consistent schedule throughout the semester. We encourage applicants to consider their potential schedule while planning their classes for the Fall.
The CUNY Tutor Corps in Math and Computer Science brings students from CUNY colleges into middle and high school classrooms, helping them become highly effective tutors and teaching assistants in the mathematics and computer science classrooms of 180 schools by 2020. The Tutor Corps is a partnership between CUNY, the Office of the Mayor, New York City Department of Education (DOE), and others.
CUNY is seeking eligible applicants with a desire to:
- Improve the math and computer science learning of middle and high school students
- Inspire younger students to study STEM by developing mentoring relationships
- Investigate secondary teaching of math or computer science as a viable career option
In order to be eligible for this program, applicants typically meet the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate CUNY Student who is majoring in or intending to study a STEM discipline, particularly math, computer science, technology or education
- Interested in working/teaching in a New York City public school
- Able to obtain proper work authorization required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including DACA, by the start of the program
- Academically qualified with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Able to adapt to new challenges and communicate dependably and professionally
- Have already completed (or in the process of completing) 12 credits in math, computer science or education
Who We Are:
The CUNY Tutor Corps brings current CUNY students who are studying math, computer science, technology and education into NYC public middle and high schools to provide one-on-one and small group instruction and support classroom teachers. We pay tutors $15 per hour to spend approximately 12 hours per week in math and computer science classrooms. In support of the Algebra for All and Computer Science for All initiatives from the Office of the Mayor, we are looking for college students who want to improve math and computer science education, inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM and investigate public school teaching as a possible career choice. Joining the Tutor Corps is a way for CUNY students to contribute to the city they live in today while shaping the NYC public schools of tomorrow.
The Spring 2019 Tutor Application Is Now Closed
We are no longer accepting applications for the spring semester. Check back soon for details about our next application cycle!
Spring 2019 Host School Application
We are glad to say that we will be partnering with Algebra For All, Computer Science For All, CUNY Early College Initiative (ECI), and CUNY Affinity Group. Teachers in good standing with any of these programs are eligible to be Host Teachers with CUNY Tutor Corps. Teachers or administrators: to fill out a school application click here! The deadline for the Host School application will be June 2019.
All programs and activities of the CUNY Tutor Corps program are open to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, gender, national origin or other characteristic protected by law.
What are the eligibility requirements for Tutor Corps?
To be eligible for Tutor Corps, you must be a full-time CUNY student, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have completed (or in progress) at least 12 credits of math, computer science, technology, or education courses.
I don’t meet all of these requirements. Can I still apply?
Acceptance into Tutor Corps is highly competitive. We encourage interested students to strengthen their applications by taking additional coursework, and/or improving their grades, and apply for future cycles. We are always looking for qualified tutors every semester!
Do I need to be a STEM or education major to apply?
Not at all. We encourage any students who meet the above requirements to apply to the program.
I am at a community college, and will transfer to a senior college next semester. Can I still be a tutor?
Yes. As long as you are a current full-time student at any CUNY school, you are eligible for Tutor Corps.
I am a first semester freshman. Can I still apply?
Maybe. While first semester freshman often do not have enough credits to meet our requirements, we can make exceptions for students who have AP credits from high school, or who are in the process of completing the necessary credits. If you are not, we encourage you to consider Tutor Corps for a future semester.
What subjects will I be tutoring?
Tutor Corps is focused on STEM, specifically math (algebra or pre-algebra) and computer science. You will work on one of these subjects. At the moment, we do not work with any other subjects in classrooms.
I’m not great at math. I haven’t studied it in a while, but I want to try becoming a tutor. Should I still apply?
One key component to a great candidate is their willingness and ability to grow. If you are hesitant about your math skills, try prepping yourself with a few algebra questions beforehand to gauge whether you can work on this subject with another person. If yes, then go for it! We do give candidates a short assessment as part of the interview process as well.
When does tutoring take place?
Our tutors work closely with teachers during school hours, typically between 8 AM and 3 PM. Tutors have flexibility to create their own schedule with the host teachers within this time frame, as long as the number of hours does not exceed twelve.
Where are the schools located? Which school will I work in?
We work with middle and high schools in all five boroughs. On the application, you will indicate which boroughs you are not willing to work in. When placing tutors, we consider their college and home addresses, and do our best to select a school that is within reasonable travelling distance.
How many hours do tutors work?
We ask that tutors commit at least 6 hours per week to work in schools, and a maximum of 12 hours. Tutors should plan to visit the school at least 2 days per week to build consistency. If you are unsure that you can accommodate this into your schedule, you may consider applying for a different semester, or rearranging your course schedule.
What is the duration of this job?
Once accepted, tutors may work throughout the academic year. They may also work with us for consecutive years without having to reapply.
Do I need to order a transcript from the registrar for my application?
No. We accept unofficial transcripts. You may download a copy from your CUNY First account and upload a PDF.
There is a hold on my account, and I can’t obtain a transcript. Can I still submit an application?
Unfortunately, we do need a current copy of your transcript in order to review your application. You are unable to submit an application without having uploaded one.
Who should I include as a reference on my application?
You should include the name and contact information for a professional reference, such as a supervisor, professor, volunteer coordinator, or advisor. This person should be able to speak to your ability to work with students in an NYC public school classroom. You should not include personal references, such as a family member, friend, or significant other.
I already submitted by application, but I want to change my reference. How can I do that?
Please send an email to Nicole Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details about your new reference: name, email, phone number, and relation to you. She will update your records and send a reference form via email.
I applied to Tutor Corps before and was not accepted. Can I apply again?
Of course! We encourage candidates to strengthen their applications by taking relevant course work and engaging with the content more to make them a better fit for Tutor Corps. You will need to submit a new application for each hiring cycle.
Do you offer training for tutors?
Yes! Incoming tutors must complete an orientation before officially starting work. We offer a five-day orientation, which is the best way for tutors to learn the ins and outs of the program, and understand their role; in addition, we offer a one-day orientation for those who cannot attend the weeklong session. The five-day session is preferable for tutors, especially since you will be paid for it!
What do I need to do before I can start working?
There is a series of documents that must be completed before tutors can work for Tutor Corps. Tutors are hired through individual campuses, and each campus requires its own specific set of new-hire documents. Upon receiving a welcome email, you will receive instructions on how to complete those documents.
In addition, you must be fingerprinted by the Department of Education at 65 Court Street; this is a requirement for all staff working in an NYC school. If you have been fingerprinted by the DOE in the past, please notify the administrative coordinator at Tutor Corps and we will look up your records.
What will I do in the classroom?
Tutors work alongside the host teacher in the classroom, either one-on-one with a student or with a group of students that the teacher designates. Each classroom is set up differently, depending on the teacher and the needs of the students. The host teacher is expected to dedicate time to reviewing weekly/daily lesson plans with tutors as well, so that the tutors are prepared.
Do I need to do anything else besides tutor?
Tutors are expected to keep records of the specific students that they work with, and what they work together on. This information is collected by Tutor Corps so that we can track the impact that our tutors have in the classroom. Tutors are also expected to attend (paid) monthly professional development workshops held by Tutor Corps staff.
What are professional development workshops? Do I need to attend them?
Tutor Corps offers monthly PD workshops for tutors that cover topics of career development, pedagogy, and anti-racism dialogues. These are intended to help tutors build their skills, and prepare them for success in school and in the future. Tutors only need to attend one session per month, and they are paid, taking place of the hours that they would otherwise be in the classroom. Failure to meet this expectation may jeopardize a tutor’s ability to participate in Tutor Corps.