For those passionate about joining the teaching profession, the New Visions for Public Schools - Hunter College Math and Science Teacher Residency (MASTER) provides a direct and affordable path defined by exceptional preparation and quality, real-world experience. Schools that host the MASTER program are provided with additional supports in developing a collaborative, reflective and skilled professional culture.
A School-Based Approach
From day one, residents are fully immersed in the community of a strong public school. Residents take primary responsibility for students during one class period and spend four days per week working with students and collaborating with other teachers.
A Supportive Learning Environment
Each resident is mentored by an expert teacher who is trained in mentoring. In addition, the cohort of residents meets regularly to support and learn from one another.
Residents' graduate coursework is designed to align with school-based experiences and gives significant attention to teaching within a diverse urban context.
New York Hall of Science
Expert scientist from the New York Hall of Science work with residents to set up and teach inquiry lab modules in their host schools and will meet at the museum to conduct inquiry labs and customize additional modules to test in their classrooms.
MASTER will coordinate hiring of successful residency graduates in one of the 73 New York City public schools supported by New Visions.
Ongoing Professional Support
After graduation, residents continue to benefit from New Visions' teacher placement, support, mentoring and induction services and from the collaboration of their residency cohort.
During the 14-month residency, residents receive a stipend and the same health care coverage that full-time teachers receive through the New York City Department of Education and United Federation of Teachers. They become members of the UFT and enjoy the benefits that membership in the union entails. Residents do not pay any tuition toward the program up front. They begin their teaching careers at a higher salary step than other first-year teachers and are asked to repay $7,500 of their tuition over the first two years they are teaching full time.