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Office of Partnership Programs

The Office of Partnership Programs manages the alternative certification and non-traditional programs within the Hunter College School of Education and supports students in these programs. Working in partnership with a variety of local and national organizations, we offer programs in a wide range of teacher certification areas and school leadership certification. Our programs offer participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in schools while enrolled in graduate coursework at Hunter College with many providing subsidized tuition. 

Current Programs 

Collaborative Leadership Advancing School Success (CLASS)
Area of Study:  School Leadership

The Collaborative Leadership Advancing School Success (CLASS) program, offered in partnership with New Visions for Public Schools, is a unique school leadership certification program grounded in clinical experiences designed to illuminate the relationship between student learning and systems within a school. Graduates of this program go on to lead changes in their school based on these analyses. Members of CLASS study within a cohort who learn together over the course of the two-year program. CLASS is geared for students who learn best by doing, enjoy learning with and from colleagues, and desire a spiraled, scaffolded approach to school leadership that makes a positive impact on students, administrators and systems.

East Harlem Teaching Residency
Area of Study:  Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

The East Harlem Teaching Residency, a partnership between the East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) and Hunter College School of Education, is a highly selective teacher training program that develops, supports, and certifies aspiring educators to become elementary teachers in New York. The Residency is designed specifically for recent college graduates and career changers who are looking for an innovative pathway into the teaching profession. Participants are paired with an experienced mentor teacher in an EHTP public charter school in the morning and lead academic instruction in an EHTP elementary after-school program in the afternoon. Simultaneously, Residents enroll in tuition-subsidized graduate coursework leading to a Master's degree in childhood education and eligibility for New York State teacher certification. Residents who successfully complete their childhood education coursework can elect to enroll in additional coursework leading to certification in special education the following year. The Residency program is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network.

Lincoln Center Scholars Program
Areas of Study:  Dance, Music, and Theatre Education (Grades K-12)

The Lincoln Center Scholars Program, a partnership between Lincoln Center Education and the Hunter College School of Education, was developed in response to the critical need for qualified, certified arts teachers in New York City Schools. Hunter College Lincoln Center Scholars are fully subsidized students working toward their Masters in Education in the Hunter College School of Education while also teaching full-time in a New York City classroom. Candidates interested in becoming a certified teacher in Dance, Music, or Theatre may apply.

Qualified participants who enroll in the Lincoln Center Scholars program become fully-subsidized Scholars. Upon successfully completing the two-year program, participants will receive a Master's of Education degree at Hunter College and recommendation for New York State initial certification.  

While enrolled at Hunter College during the program, Scholars will be eligible for hire in full-time teaching positions in an elementary, middle, or high school. Participants also will have access to intensive training at Lincoln Center Education (LCE). Upon graduation, Scholars will be qualified as state-certified teachers, addressing the need for high-quality arts education in city schools. Program participants will continue to receive Lincoln Center's support through an alumni network of teachers and teaching artists.

The Lincoln Center Scholars initiative is made possible by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

New York City Teaching Fellows
Areas of Study:  Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), and Bilingual Education

The New York City Teaching Fellows (NYCTF) is an alternative teacher preparation program leading to New York State teacher certification. The NYCTF program is a collaboration among the NYC Department of Education, CUNY, and certain private universities in New York City. Participants teach full time in high needs New York City public schools while studying at partner universities and participating in continuous supervision and professional development. After completion of a two-year tuition-subsidized course of study, candidates earn a Master's degree and are eligible for New York State certification. Currently as a partner university, Hunter College hosts Teaching Fellows in Special Education, TESOL, and Bilingual Education. 

Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program
Area of Study:  Bilingual extension for currently certified teachers

The Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program (SBEP) is a partnership with NYCDOE which offers currently certified content and classroom teachers the opportunity to gain a bilingual extension for their current New York State certification. With New York City's diverse student population, there is an ever-increasing need for high-quality educators to serve our bilingual students. NYC public school principals nominate teachers at their schools to participate in the program. Candidates teach bilingual classes at their school while completing tuition-subsidized coursework at Hunter College leading to a New York State bilingual extension certification.

Teach For America
Areas of Study:  Special Education and Bilingual Education

Teach For America (TFA) is a national teaching corps that recruits and trains recent college graduates or career changing professionals to teach in some of the most high-needs schools in New York City. Teach For America Corps Members teach full time in public schools, charter schools, and Early Education Centers (EEC) in subjects/grade levels assigned by TFA while studying at partner universities in order to receive their teacher certification. They also participate in continuous supervision and professional development. After completion of a two-year course of study, candidates earn a Master's degree and are eligible for New York State teacher certification. Currently as a partner university, Hunter College hosts TFA Corps Members in Special Education and Bilingual Education.

TESOL Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI)
Area of Study:  TESOL supplemental certification for currently certified teachers

The Hunter College TESOL Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI) offers currently certified content and classroom teachers the opportunity to gain additional New York State certification in PreK-12 English as a Second Language (ESL). It includes 5 courses (15 credits) that lead to a New York State supplemental certification in ESL. Tuition is significantly subsidized by the New York State Education Department.  In addition to coursework, candidates will receive specialized mentoring and coaching feedback to support English Language Learner's academic language development across the content areas.

For more detailed information about Hunter's TESOL ITI Programs, click here: Hunter TESOL ITI 

Urban Teacher Residency
Areas of Study:  Adolescent Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English Language Arts, and Special Education (Grades 7-12); and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) Grades K-12

The Urban Teacher Residency (UTR) program, a partnership between Hunter College, New Visions for Public Schools, and the New York City Department of Education, is an 18-month teacher preparation program that integrates the graduate coursework of the aspiring teacher with intensive, hands-on experiences in New York City schools.  The program consists of a residency year in which participants (residents) are fully immersed in a host school alongside an experienced mentor teacher and an induction year in which participants become full-time teachers of record.  Residents enroll in tuition-subsidized graduate coursework at Hunter College leading to a Master's degree and eligibility for New York State teacher certification.   

Subsidized TESOL Advanced Certificate (STAC) Program

The Subsidized TESOL Advanced Certificate (STAC) Program, a partnership between Hunter College School of Education and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), offers NYC public school teachers the opportunity to gain additional NYS certification in PreK-12 TESOL. STAC consists of 6 courses (17 credits) that lead to NY State certification in ESL as an additional certificate to your current certification. The program will be completed in 3 consecutive semesters: summer, fall, and spring. Courses are offered through the nationally recognized TESOL program at the Hunter College School of Education. In addition, students will receive specialized mentoring and coaching feedback from Hunter faculty. Tuition for the program is fully subsidized by NYCDOE.

Hunter College/New-York Historical Society Gifted Education Scholars Program

The Hunter College/New-York Historical Society Gifted Education Scholars Program, a partnership between Hunter College School of Education and the New-York Historical Society, offers NYC public school teachers the opportunity to gain NYS certification in gifted education while learning new and exciting ways to enliven the curriculum and challenge students with innovative strategies to make teaching and learning come alive. Participants will enroll in a four course, 12-credit certification program in gifted education at Hunter College and conduct field hours at the New-York Historical Society working directly with 400 years of primary source materials under the guidance of historians, curators, and educators. This intensive summer program runs June-August of summer 2016. Tuition is fully subsidized by the New-York Historical Society, and upon successful completion of the program participants will become eligible for the Gifted Education K-12 extension certificate and accrue 12 credits that can be applied towards Masters +30.

For More Information

For detailed information about eligibility requirements or the application process for each program please visit:  https://sites.google.com/a/huntersoe.org/office-of-partnership-programs/. 

For more information about a specific program, please contact soe.opp@hunter.cuny.edu.

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