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About the Master Teacher Program

About the Master Teacher Program

The NYS Master Teacher Program's professional network now includes eligible K - 12 STEM and computer science teachers.

New York State Master Teacher logoResponding 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.

We created the Master Teacher Program to attract our best and brightest teachers to the classroom and strengthen the quality of our schools in communities across this state. By expanding this program we are giving more talented professionals in STEM education the opportunity to develop their careers and help lay the foundation for a world-class workforce.
- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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I am invigorated and excited every time I meet with Master Teachers and have engaging professional conversations and networking opportunities
- NYS Master Teacher

The NYS Master Teacher Program fosters collaboration among New York’s outstanding STEM educators and offers high-quality professional learning focused on three domains:


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.

Regions throughout New York State

MTP Cohort RegionsMaster Teachers join colleagues for professional learning and collaboration at nine SUNY host campuses across the state, aligned with New York’s economic development regions. Each SUNY site serves as home-base for the region and partners with other educational institutions and organizations to provide a robust program tailored to meet their Master Teachers’ unique professional growth and development goals.

Visit our Meet the Master Teachers page to learn more about Master Teachers in each region.

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