NYC DOE/Adelphi University Urban Teacher Residency Program

NYC DOE/Adelphi University Urban Teacher Residency Program

Preparing diverse teachers to support New York City students in math and science—an initiative to reverse historical inequities and increase access.

Apply by March 4 to learn, teach and grow along with other educators.

Offered through a partnership between Adelphi’s College of Education and Health Sciences and the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), the Urban Teacher Residency (UTR) is a graduate program where you will earn a Master of Arts degree in education and gain New York state teacher certification in science or math while centering your learning on the needs of NYC DOE students, specifically Black, Indigenous and students of color. You’ll use a school-based approach that puts student learning at the center of your professional development.

Designed to immerse residents in the teaching experience, this residency program supports upcoming educators who will join a school community five days a week for the full school year.

Why Join the Urban Teacher Residency?

As a resident, you will participate in a community of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) teachers committed to collaborating on interdisciplinary curriculum planning and instruction. You’ll engage in coursework and professional learning aimed at supporting your individual growth, cultural competence and understanding of the systemic inequities currently and historically embedded in the education system.

As you work during the day and attend school at night, your salary will be paid for your first year by the NYC DOE—and you’ll get health benefits. In 2020–2021, first-year teacher apprentices in this program received $22,500. After year one, you’ll be eligible for a higher salary step ($60,000-plus) than traditional first-year teachers as a full-time teacher of record at a NYC DOE school.

During the residency, your Adelphi graduate coursework is specifically designed to align with your clinical experiences teaching in a public school classroom alongside a cohort of other upcoming educators. The program strives to embody the vision of the New York State Education Department’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework and prepares educators committed to fully engaging with their students and school communities and their curriculum and instruction.

of students who completed their Urban Teacher Residency have been hired as full-time teachers.

Support and Mentoring

In the Urban Teacher Residency, your success is supported by being paired with a teacher mentor from day one.

Your professors and mentors will work together to provide personalized, targeted support as you master curriculum, instruction and assessment. You’ll benefit from not only a personal teaching mentor, but also job placement assistance and ongoing support after the residency year.

Once hired by a school for the residency year, you will teach a part-time course load, engage in the school community, build your teaching practice, receive critical feedback and continue to be supported by program staff, University faculty and your cohort members.

Upon Successful Completion of the Program

Candidates will be recommended for New York State Education Department teacher certification in their particular discipline: grades 7–12 mathematics education, grades 7–12 earth science education, grades 7–12 physics education, grades 7–12 biology education, grades 7–12 chemistry education, grades K–12 computer science education.


You will work full-time in New York City and go to school in the evenings at Adelphi’s Manhattan Center in the SoHo district. Courses will be a hybrid between in-person experiences and virtual sessions.

You’ll take courses leading toward a master’s degree in adolescent education and will apply what you’re learning in real time with the students you teach.

Application Requirements

March 4 application deadline for the initial cohort, starting in Summer 2022.

Our goal is to build a math and science cohort of diverse ages, races and genders that represents, in demographic, the students we intend to support.

Applicants must submit:

  • An application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An undergraduate transcript

Applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Meet Adelphi graduate admissions requirements (with preference in content aligned to math and science programs)
  • Live in New York City to participate in this program, but can move from anywhere

Those under consideration will be invited to join a virtual interview. You’ll also be asked to join an NYC DOE school interview event, where you’ll meet with potential schools interested in hiring. This may repeat until you have an offer from a host school. Residents must be hired by a DOE school in order to maintain their status in the UTR program. (The program staff does its best to take applicants’ geographic and other preferences into account when scheduling candidates to visit prospective host schools.)

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