Teaching Academy

As one of the largest providers of qualified teachers to the NYC public school system, the Department of Education is partnering with Touro on a this new initiative. Our candidates are placed in a school to work alongside a DOE teacher. It’s a rigorous program, with more intensive training, and a greater time commitment. You will need to be in the classroom every day.

Participating in this program can lead to preferential hiring and satisfies your practicum requirements. There are 10-15 slots available, so it is highly competitive.

What you’ll get: 

  • Guidance, support, and feedback from an experienced cooperating Collaborative Coach (cooperating teacher) 
  • Opportunities to teach every day 
  • A built-in network of other pre-service teachers at the same Teaching Academy 
  • Weekly skill-building sessions to practice and strengthen teaching techniques and edTPA support 
  • A certificate of completion 
  • Preferential hiring in NYC DOE schools 
  • Early career support and resources 

How to apply 

To qualify for the NYCTA a candidate needs to be registered for Practicum courses SEDN 695, SEDN 683 or SEDN 678. 

Below is the criteria for eligibility and selection process for the Spring 2017 Teaching Academy cohort. These are subject to change as the program is developed. We will post the new information as soon as it's available, but we strongly recommend, if you are interested in the program, that you contact us at ocp@touro.edu, for the most up to date information.


To qualify for the Touro/NYCDOE’s Teaching Academy, candidates should be able to meet the following criteria: 

  • GPA of 3.0 
  • Not hold New York State initial certification 
  • Exemplify the values and core beliefs of the NYCTA initiative (respect and professionalism, collaboration, perseverance, constant learning, high expectations, and leadership)
  • Commit time to student teaching from Monday through Friday for the duration of the semester
  • Receive advisement and register for a Touro College Practicum course no later than Wednesday November 30th.
  • Submit a Letter of Interest and supporting documentation to ocp@touro.edu with the subject line “NYCTA Interest” no later than December 2, 2016 

Screening and Selection Process 

Candidates submit a letter of interest and supporting documentation (unofficial transcript, Field Supervisor/faculty recommendation) to the Office of Clinical Practice – ocp@touro.edu.

  • Program Chair reviews candidate’s documentation. 
  • Program Chair contacts candidate regarding eligibility and next steps.
  • Program Chair sets up interviews with select candidates.
  • Program Chair makes recommendation to NYCDOE partners.
  • NYCDOE personnel notify accepted candidates about the NYCTA orientation and Teaching Academy school assignments


For more information, reach out to ocp@touro.edu