Admission to the Childhood / Middle Childhood Special Education Teaching Fellows Program at Hunter College
For Prospective Teaching Fellows
New York City Teaching Fellows are career changers and recent college graduates who do not have degrees in education and who wish to become teachers. Once accepted to the program, Fellows assigned to Hunter College participate in an intensive 7-week summer program beginning in mid-June, and begin teaching in a New York City public school the following September while pursuing a subsidized master’s degree in education.
If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Fellow, you must first apply directly to the New York City Teaching Fellows at. Hunter does not accept applications to the program. Students accepted to the Teaching Fellows and assigned to Hunter must meet Hunter’s prerequisites before being accepted as matriculated students. Students must have 3.0 undergraduate GPA; a 30-credit liberal arts or sciences major or interdisciplinary concentration (Adolescent English applicants need the equivalent of an English major); and a general education liberal arts core that includes courses in math, science, English, foreign language, social studies, the arts, and information retrieval.
For New Special Education Teaching Fellows
Welcome to the Hunter College School of Education as a New York City Teaching Fellow. As a student at Hunter, you will participate in an intensive 7-week summer program beginning in mid-June, and begin teaching in a New York City public school the following September while pursuing your master’s degree.
II. Admissions Process
New Teaching Fellows begin their studies as non-matriculated students for the 7-week summer program in the summer and for the following Fall semester. For the Spring semester, Teaching Fellows must become matriculated students in order to continue in the program. You will fill out an application for matriculation during the Teaching Fellows Orientation in June. Applicants for matriculation must meet Hunter’s admission requirements, which include:
Childhood/Middle Childhood Special Education:
1. Undergraduate BA or BS degree from an approved college, with a GPA of 3.0 or better
2. A liberal arts or science major or interdisciplinary concentration of at least 30 credits and a general education core in liberal arts and sciences to include a minimum of 6 credits in English (including a course in English composition with a grade of B or better) or a writing intensive course in any discipline with a grade of at least , 6 credits in social studies (with at least one course in history or geography), 9 credits in math and science with at least one course in math and one course in science (a college course in calculus meets 6 credits of this requirement), 3 credits in the arts, 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of high school study in the same foreign language with grades of C or better documented by high school transcript meets this requirement); and 3 credits in information retrieval (library studies, research, computer literacy, or educational technology).
III. Admission with Conditions
Students who have not met all the liberal arts and science prerequisites for their program are given admission conditions when they are accepted for matriculation, and are informed of these conditions in their acceptance from the Office of Admissions.. The School of Education's prerequisites are based on New York State Education Department liberal arts and science requirements, as well as each program's focus and curriculum. Admission conditions must be met by the end of the third semester of matriculation (see instructions below). Students may not be admitted with more than 12 credits of admission conditions.
Once you have satisfied your admission condition(s), please fill out the Admissions Conditions Request Form (you can download it here: http://ww4.hunter.cuny.edu/school-of-education/admissions/Admin_Condit_Req_Form.pdf), attach an official transcript or score report, and bring it to the Office of Educational Services, Room 1000 West.
How to Complete Admission Conditions:
- Complete an undergraduate or graduate course at Hunter or elsewhere in
the subject in which you are conditioned with a grade of C- or better.
In order to take courses at Hunter outside of the School of Education,
contact the department office that offers the course you need in order
to obtain advisement and permission to take the course. You may need
to explain to the department advisor that you are a graduate student in
Education who needs to meet certain conditions for admission.
- Take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam in the subject in which you are conditioned and pass with a score of 50 or higher. There are CLEP tests in algebra, calculus, biology, chemistry, natural sciences, American History, American Literature, French, German, and Spanish. For more information, go to .
- You can satisfy 6 credits (one year at the college level)
of the foreign language requirement by showing proof of three years of
the same foreign language in high school with grades of “B” or higher,
or proof of completion of grade 10 or higher in a high school where
courses are taught in a language other than English. Coursework in
American Sign Language also satisfies this requirement.*
- You can satisfy a science requirement by taking an on-line course
developed by the Museum of Natural History and offered for credit
through the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Students can register
through the CUNY e-permit system. Recommended courses include “The
Diversity of Fishes” and “In the Field with Spiders.” For more
information, go to
- A score of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam in the subject for
which you are conditioned, or documentation on your transcript of
college credit for an AP exam in the subject.
* Students with a disability that prevents them from satisfying the foreign language requirement, including satisfying it with courses in American Sign Language (ASL), must register with and provide documentation of the disability to the Office of AccessABILITY at Hunter College: Room 1124 East; 212-772-4857. Students whose disability prevents them from completing a foreign language (including ASL), as assessed by the Office of AccessABILITY, will be allowed to substitute coursework in the culture or literature of another country, culture, or civilization. A list of approved Hunter College courses is available in room 1000 West.
Please be sure to satisfy Hunter College’s immunization requirements immediately. You will not be permitted to register without meeting these requirements. If you have questions, you can contact Health Services at 212-772-4800 or refer to the Health Services section of the Hunter College Website at