New York State Master Teachers holding a conference workshop during the 2015 Conference.
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Master Teacher Program

Responding to the call to strengthen our nation’s K-12 STEM education, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with The State University of New York and Math for America. The NYSMTP celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities. Introducing motivated teachers to like-minded professionals and high-quality growth experiences keeps our best teachers in the classroom. Inspiring our state’s best teachers and rewarding their efforts ultimately attracts talented students into careers in STEM fields, including STEM education. Through participation in the NYSMTP, selected STEM teachers receive $15,000 stipends annually over four years.

The application period for the NYS Master Teacher Program closed on May 14, 2016.

As part of the program's selection process, each finalist must participate in an in-person interview at the base campus for their region. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for a finalist interview by the end of June/beginning of July.

The interview dates for each region are listed below. All applicants are advised to please hold the day indicated for their particular region in the event that they are selected as finalists.  Finalists must interview in the region for which they applied.

Capital Region

Thursday, August 18

Central NY

Monday, August 22

Finger Lakes

Saturday, August 27

Long Island

Science, Technology & Engineering:
Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24

Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4


Saturday, August 27

Mohawk Valley

Saturday, August 27

North Country

Tuesday, August 9

Southern Tier

Tuesday, August 23

Western NY

Saturday, August 13

On March 11, 2016, Governor Cuomo announced the expansion of the NYSMTP.

The expansion of the NYSMTP will enable more outstanding secondary school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers to join the existing statewide network of 623 Master Teachers, which is hosted at SUNY campuses in nine economic development regions and in partnership with Math for America in New York City. Ultimately, allowing more of New York’s students to benefit from excellent teaching.

In addition, three regional programs (Central New York, Long Island, and Western New York) will host a pilot program to extend the Master Teacher Program to outstanding STEM teachers with training and expertise in working with English-language-learners and special education designated students. 

The NYS Master Teacher Program is hosted at ten sites across the state that serve as the home base of each regional cohort’s activities and partner with other educational institutions and organizations in their region to provide a robust program tailored to the professional growth and development goals of the Master Teachers in the cohort. 

“The Master Teacher Program allows for our best classroom leaders to share their expertise with their peers, furthering student success and helping to build the foundation for college readiness and the skilled workforce that will keep New York competitive in the 21st century global economy."

Chancellor Zimpher



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