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About the Master Teacher Program

About the Master Teacher Program

The New York State Master Teacher Program, established in 2013, recognizes outstanding K-12 public school STEM teachers and counselors and sustains a statewide professional network of educators dedicated to professional growth and development. Master Teachers and Master Counselors are educational leaders committed to sharing best practices and to creating engaging and inspiring learning environments for all K-12 students as well as support for teacher and counselor preparation programs.

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

New York State Master Teacher logoThe New York State Master Teacher Program is a vibrant professional network of more than 1400 outstanding public school K-12 STEM teachers throughout the state who share a passion for their own STEM learning and for collaborating with colleagues to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

In January of 2022, Governor Hochul announced the expansion of the NYS Master Teacher Program to create a cohort of counselors and to encourage more teachers with CTE certificates related to STEM careers that are projected to be in high demand to apply.

New York's teachers are the vital force behind our state's leading education system, and it is crucial that teachers are provided opportunities to grow within their field. I am incredibly proud of the teachers we have in our state, who prove time and time again that they will go beyond the scope of their responsibilities to do right by our children.
- Governor Kathy Hochul

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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 teachers and counselors and offers high-quality professional learning focused on three domains:

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.

Master Counselors work with their SUNY counterparts to determine the location of professional learning opportunities.

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

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