New York State Master Teacher Program
Thank you for your interest in the NYS Master Teacher Program. The application period is now closed. All submitted and complete applications will be reviewed. Candidates selected for the finalist round will be notified the week of January 27th. Each finalist must participate in an in-person interview as part of the program's selection process.
The dates for each region are listed below. Please hold the day(s) indicated below for your particular region. Finalists must interview in the region for which they applied.
||University at Albany
||March 8 (9, snow date)
||Feb 15 & 16 (22, snow date)
Congratulations to the inaugural class of New York State Master Teachers!
To see the list of Master Teachers and their school districts, read Governor Cuomo Announces Selection of Inaugural New York State Master Teachers.
The next round of applications will be open from November 1st until January 3rd, with final selections being made in Spring 2014.
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The New York State Master Teacher Program seeks to identify, reward, and support master teachers throughout New York State. The role of master teachers as professional mentors and content experts is key to developing the current cadre of outstanding educators as well as developing skilled future teachers. Adequately documented is the shortage of STEM teachers in the k-12 system, and by engaging directly with those teaching math and science in grades 6-12 today, New York State can ensure that students will be college and career ready for the jobs of tomorrow.
Modeled after the successful Math for America (MfA) program currently operating in New York City and other sites nationwide, Master Teachers will:
- Engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year.
- Work closely with pre-service and early career educators to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers.
- Receive a $15,000 stipend per year over 4 years for participation in the program (total compensation of $60,000 per Fellow).
Master Teachers will be required to attend regular cohort meetings as well as participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year. They will also be required to participate in the training of pre-service and early career educators as part of the Master Teacher program.
Additionally, each regional program will be paired with a research institution to give participants additional content exposure. This access will keep Master Teachers engaged in the cutting-edge developments in their field, serve as an incentive to retaining them in the profession, and improve their content knowledge.
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School Districts by County & Region
Program Participation Requirements
Teachers will be selected from each region of New York State to participate in the Master Teacher Program.
- Mid-Hudson: SUNY New Paltz to serve as base/host campus.
- North Country: SUNY Plattsburgh to serve as base/host campus.
- Central New York: SUNY Cortland to serve as base/host campus.
- Western New York: Buffalo State College to serve as base/host campus.
- Long Island: Stony Brook University to serve as base/host campus.
- Southern Tier: Binghamton University to serve as base/host campus.
- Capital Region: UAlbany to serve as base/host campus.
- Finger Lakes: SUNY Geneseo to serve as base/host campus.
- Mohawk Valley: SUNY Oneonta to serve as base/host campus.
- New York City: in partnership with Math for America.
To be eligible for this program, you must:
- Be a certified, currently employed teacher in New York State, with a minimum of 4 years of experience teaching STEM disciplines.
- Have a current course load of at least 60% in STEM disciplines, teaching grades 6-12.
- Be rated "effective" or “highly effective” on your Annual Professional Performance Review
Other admissions criteria include:
- Personal statement (prompt in online application materials)
- Most recent observation report
- Annual Professional Performance Review score
- 2 letters of recommendation: one from your principal or building administrator and one from a colleague
- optional third recommendation from a current or prior student (student will be sent an email containing questions about their experience with the Master Teacher applicant)
More About Master Teachers:
There are three areas of ability and commitment to growth that are essential to successful participation in the Master Teacher community: content knowledge, pedagogy, and a deep understanding of students. Master Teachers have clear goals for further developing their breadth and depth in all of these areas:
- Knowledge of content: Master Teachers have been exposed to and grappled with ideas that are central to their discipline at advanced levels. Like any STEM professionals, however, they view their knowledge as incomplete.
- Knowledge of pedagogy: Master Teachers have a deep understanding of professional knowledge for teaching, and strive to incorporate successful practices in their work. They continually evaluate, refine, and adapt their practice to better meet the needs of their students.
- Knowledge of students: Master Teachers possess a deep knowledge of their students’ neighborhoods, cultures, and values. Master Teachers see a student’s family and community as resources in their efforts to inspire them to study STEM disciplines.
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