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Apply to the Master Teacher Program

The application deadline was 11:59pm, February 22, 2020..

All applicants who submitted an eligible application by the February 22, 2020 deadline were sent an email update on Friday, May 24, 2021.

If you did not receive the email, please contact the NYS Master Teacher Program at

We are delighted that you are interested in joining our professional network of outstanding STEM teachers. To be eligible for this program, you must be a certified, full-time, K - 12 NYS public school teacher with at least 4 years of teaching experience.

Successful applications include specific evidence of deep mastery of and goals for growth in each of the three NYSMTP knowledge domains in all of the application components:

Domains - Knowledge of STEM Content, Knowledge of Pedagogy, Knowledge of Students, Their Families, Their Communities

For those who teach in New York City, please contact our partner organization, Math for America, for information about how to apply for a fellowship.


To be eligible for the New York State Master Teacher program, you must:

  • Be a certified NYS full-time public school teacher, grades K - 12, with at least four years of teaching experience.
  • For K-6 teachers: you are teacher of record* for Science, Technology/Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) content. For 7-12 teachers: your course load is at least 60% STEM courses.
  • Be rated "effective" or “highly effective” on your Annual Professional Performance Review

*  Teacher of record indicates that the teacher is responsible for preparing and implementing the curriculum, and assessing students.

The NYSMTP professional network extends to include eligible K -12 teachers who also have specialized training and expertise to support STEM instruction for students who have been designated dual language or ESL/ELL, or students with disabilities. We encourage applications from NYS teachers who meet all of our eligibility criteria and

  • Hold an extension certificate in bilingual education, or
  • Hold certification in English as a Second Language, or
  • Hold dual certification in a STEM content area or at the elementary level and Students with Disabilities.

Admissions criteria include:

  • Personal Statement: This is a written response to a prompt that is available in the online application materials after a candidate registers as an applicant.
  • Complete Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) from most recent, completed academic year. A complete report must include the summary or composite score, and comments, if comments are available.
  • Two Recommendations: one from your principal or building administrator and one from a colleague (Recommenders will not upload a letter. The recommendation is a short questionnaire to be completed that will be sent to the individuals you identify).
  • Optional Recommendation from a former student (The student will be sent a short questionnaire about their experience with the Master Teacher applicant. They will not be asked to upload a formal recommendation letter.)
  • Praxis® Subject Assessment (formerly the Praxis II® Content Exam). Please review the Praxis Guide and FAQ below for specific information.
  • Updated resume
  • Transcripts

Please know that only complete applications submitted by the deadline are reviewed for admission. Past applicants have found the transcripts and letters of recommendation require the most time; please plan accordingly so that all the required application materials are submitted by the application deadline.

The NYSMTP staff is committed to helping you navigate the application process. If after reviewing the information on this website, you have additional questions, email the staff at Due to the great interest in the NYSMTP, please allow 24-48 hours for a response to your email.

General FAQ

I live in a different region from the school district where I work – which region should I apply to?

You must apply to the region in which you work. No exceptions will be made. 

Which region is my school district in?

Please see the school district/county/region list in the Additonal Documents section below if you are unsure of which region your school is in.

How much time will I have to spend? What activities will I have to do? When will they be?

See the information in the Master Teacher Participation Requirements, “What Does Being a Master Teacher Entail”.

I applied in a previous round…

…do I have to re-do my entire application?
All applicants are required to create a new application ID and file. If you are re-applying you must also create a new ID. There are questions on the application for you to indicate if you have already sent official transcripts and your Praxis score.

…do I have to write a new personal statement and get new recommendations?
You are welcome to re-submit your personal statement if it is a response to the prompt on the application, if you wish, but you will want to make sure that all components of your application reflect the height of your talents in content, pedagogical skill and engagement of students.  

Recommenders will not upload a letter. The recommendation is a short questionnaire to be completed that will be sent to the individuals you identify in the recommendations section of your online application.

…can I get feedback on a past application?
We do provide an opportunity for feedback about your application if you are considering submitting for the next round of admissions. We won’t be able to discuss specific details of your application, but if you are interested, please email and a staff member will get in touch with you about the feedback process.  

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline has passed for the current application cycle. The next deadline will be posted when the application cycle begins.

Praxis® Subject Assessments FAQ
(formerly the Praxis II® Content Exams)

What is the Praxis exam and why do I need to take it?

The NYS Master Teacher Program is dedicated to ensuring that all Master Teachers have a strong knowledge of STEM disciplines. To determine content knowledge, the Screening Committee reviews Praxis exam scores in addition to all application materials.

I took my state certification and content exams – do I still need to take a Praxis exam?


Which Praxis exam do I need to take?

The NYS Master Teacher Program application requires one of the Praxis® Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II® Content Exams) that is listed on the Praxis Exam Guide below. The application process equally regards knowledge in all STEM content areas, so, we recommend that you register for the exam that will best demonstrate your mastery of a STEM content area. Information on what is covered on specific exams can be found using the preparation materials section on the ETS website.

I teach more than one subject, which Praxis exam should I take?

You should take the test in the area for which you will be applying to the program. If you make it to the in-person interview stage of the process, you will be asked to make a 10-minute presentation in your content area. Since the application process regards content knowledge, pedagogy and understanding of your students equally, you should consider applying in the area where you can best demonstrate mastery of content and take the associated Praxis exam.

Should I take the computer or paper exam?

We recommend the computer-delivered exam, for which you will receive your score immediately upon completion. They are also offered more frequently and registration can be completed up until a few days before the first date of the exam period. 

I tried to register for an exam and there were none available before the program deadline.

Paper exam registration may no longer be available, but computer-delivered exams are being offered in the required time period. Click here for computer-delivered test dates.

What exam should I take if I am a technology/engineering teacher?

We suggest that technology and engineering teachers take either the Computer Science or Math Content Knowledge Exam. The NYS Master Teacher Program seeks to reward, support, and retain teachers with a strong knowledge of mathematics or science; therefore, the list of accepted Praxis exams are exclusively ­content­, not pedagogy exams.

How do I sign up for and take the Praxis exam?

Visit to register for the Praxis exam. Download an exam guide to help in your preparation. Be sure to list the New York State Master Teacher Program as a score recipient using our state/agency code 7780. It is the applicant’s responsibility to take the Praxis exam by the application deadline.

Do I have to take the Praxis exam before submitting my online application?

All applicants must take the exam by the required deadline for the application cycle. You may submit the online application prior to taking the exam.  When registering for the exam, be sure to list the New York State Master Teacher Program as a score recipient using our state/agency code 7780. It is the applicant’s responsibility to take the Praxis exam by the application deadline, and to ensure that the NYSMTP is a score recipient.  

What is an acceptable Praxis score?

Your Praxis Content Knowledge exam score is one of many components considered in your NYS Master Teacher Program application. Throughout the online application, candidates are encouraged to share specific examples of their STEM content knowledge and how they are working to deepen or broaden their knowledge of the science, technology/Computer Science, engineering or math content that they teach. Below is a list of recommended score ranges for the various Content Knowledge exams. Please note that a score within your subject's range does not guarantee admission.

  • Biology: 157-200
  • Chemistry: 160-200
  • Computer Science: 150-200
  • Earth and Space Sciences: 158-200
  • General Science: 166-200
  • Mathematics: 156-200
  • Physics: 153-200

Additional Documents and Information:

Praxis Reimbursement Request Form available when application is open.

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If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact the NYS Master Teacher Program office at

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