A bachelor's degree and licensure are usually required to teach in public schools in New York. Undergraduate and graduate teaching degree programs are available at colleges and universities for those interested in teaching elementary, middle school or secondary school students, as well as specific subject areas, including music, math, dance, English, science or foreign languages. Most programs geared toward initial teacher licensure require that students practice teaching for a semester to gain experience teaching their chosen age group or subject area.
New York University
New York University (NYU), located in New York City, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Students can pursue several fields of teacher education, such as bilingual education, music education and science education.
The music education bachelor's program teaches students about melody, harmony, conducting, score reading and performance, and students begin supervised student teaching during their senior year. Students in the bilingual education master's program need to be certified teachers, and the program includes supervised teaching and courses in bilingual education theory, teaching literacy, language arts and English language structure. Designed for aspiring educational leaders, the science education doctoral program has four doctoral themes of study, including literacy, language and culture, teaching and education reform.
CUNY Hunter College
At CUNY Hunter College, located in New York City, students have several options for undergraduate teacher education programs, as well as specialized programs at the graduate level. Some of the fields students can study include dance education, foreign languages, adolescent English, math, science and educational psychology.
The Quality Urban Elementary School Teacher (QUEST) bachelor's degree program is for students interested in teaching grades 1-6 and requires the declaration of an arts and sciences major. Students in the dance education bachelor's program participate in student teaching and practice teaching dance for preschool to grade 12. Those in the adolescent English bachelor's program study the foundations of literacy and young adult literacy, and complete student teaching. Students interested in teaching Chinese, French, German, Hebrew or Spanish can pursue the bachelor's degree in teaching languages other than English.
Designed for teachers with initial certification in childhood education, the master's degree program with math and science specialization prepares graduates for professional or permanent certification in childhood education after three years of teaching. The master's program in educational psychology allows students to choose from two areas of study, including assessment, research and evaluation or general educational psychology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|New York University||4-year, private nonprofit; large city|| BA in Music Education,
MA in Bilingual Education,
PhD in Teaching and Learning in Science Education
|CUNY Hunter College||4-year, public; large city|| BA in Quality Urban Elementary School Teacher,
BA in Dance Education,
BA in Adolescent English,
BA in Teaching Languages Other Than English,
MS in Childhood Education with Math and Science Specialization,
MS in Educational Psychology
|$7,182 (in-state), $14,852 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator