New York City Teacher Certification Program Overviews

The New York City area has roughly 40 schools that offer teacher certification programs. Get some information about the degree programs, and see some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Teacher Certification Programs Offered at New York City Schools

There are many degree programs offered at schools in and near New York City for those who want to become a public school teacher. Many of these programs result in a bachelor's or master's degree and prepare students to teach in specific content areas. Two New York City universities and their teacher certification programs are discussed at length below. Read on to learn about some of their degree options, and see general statistics about the schools.

  • New York University is found in the downtown Manhattan. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees for aspiring NYC teachers.
  • Columbia University has multiple master's degree programs for content area, early education and gifted student educators. The main campus is also located in downtown New York City.

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Comparison of Schools

When researching a teacher certification program, you may want to learn more about the school itself before choosing where to enroll. Below are facts and figures regarding the population, tuition, acceptance rates and more for these two schools.

New York University Columbia University
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 49,274* 27,589*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $47,750* $53,000*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 60%* 53%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 35%* 7%*
Retention Rate (2014) 92%* 96%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 83%* 95%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.'

New York University

New York University (NYU) is a private, not-for-profit school with a student population of more than 44,000. NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development has many degree options for aspiring teachers. Upon successful completion of NYU's education degree programs, graduates are eligible to sit for state exams to become licensed teachers in New York.

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education

This degree program prepares students to teach infants, toddlers, pre-K and kindergarten to second grade (K-2). Courses prepare graduates to teach both general and special education. Students learn about child development, elementary curriculum and creating learning environments.

Bachelor of Science in English Education

Upon successful completion of this program students can teach English to 7th-12th graders. Courses discuss the relationship that students have with reading materials and writers. Students learn to develop materials and strategies for teaching.

Bachelor of Science in Science Education

Students prepare to teach 7th-12th grade science through coursework that emphasizes science, technology and society. They can teach biology, chemistry, earth science or physics. The degree program also teaches students to adapt class materials to a multicultural classroom.

Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education

Graduates who complete this degree program can teach social studies to middle school and high school students. Along with studying history and social science classes, students take courses in humanities, language, science and math. While the emphasis is U.S. history, students can also select a specialization area.

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This degree program leads to a teaching certification from New York State. Courses cover linguistic foundations, second language research and teaching methods. Students also complete placement teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Columbia University

Columbia University is a private not-for-profit school with a student population of more than 23,000. It has a student-to-teacher ratio of 6:1. Columbia's Teachers College has many degree program options for future educators. Upon successful completion of these education programs and any additional requirements, students are eligible to take state certification exams to become licensed teachers in NY.

Master of Arts in Gifted Education Extension Certification (GIFT-EXT)

This degree program is for students who have already completed an undergraduate education program and want to get initial teaching certification. While focusing on teaching gifted students, future educators gain knowledge about the needs of these children and methods of teaching them.

Master of Arts in Reading Specialist

Students prepare to get two state certifications, one for teaching literacy to birth-to-age-six and a second for age 5-12. Courses cover identifying reading strengths and weaknesses, administering tests to diagnose dyslexia and intervention strategies. Students learn to teach others one-on-one and in groups.

Master of Arts in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education

This is a dual-certification program that prepares students to teach early childhood and children birth to age eight with disabilities. Students learn about development, language, literacy, teaching in inclusive classrooms and partnering with families. Students gain field experience and complete student teaching internships.

Master of Arts in Social Studies

Students are prepared to teach social studies to grades 7-12. Once this program is successfully completed, students are recommended for initial teaching certification from the state. Classes cover teaching methods, the history of teaching, urban education and education philosophies.

Master of Arts in Elementary Inclusive Education - Initial Certification

With this degree students can teach all students in 1st-6th grades. Coursework prepares students to teach in a classroom with a varied student population. Students also learn to develop a curriculum.

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