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NYC DOE Teaching Fellows

Welcome, New York City Teaching Fellows!

The New York City Teaching Fellows program is preparing a critical mass of exceptional teachers committed to a better future for the New York City students who need them most. The partnership between Pace University’s School of Education, New York City Department of Education and New York City Teaching Fellows has been ongoing since 2001. The School of Education MST program will prepare these students to become successful teachers in the classroom as they learn how to become reflective practitioners who promote justice, create caring classrooms and school communities and enable all students to be successful learners.

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Your Support Team

Dr. Cassandra Hyacinthe
Alternative Certification Program Officer
Zoom Office Hours: (no appointment necessary) Monday, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. and Thursday, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Request a Zoom meeting.

Dr. Jennifer Pankowski
Program Coordinator Alternative Certification Programs
Phone: (212) 346-1059

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School Placements

Securing a teaching position is a critical part of the New York City Teaching Fellows Trans B program. Newly admitted candidates must secure a teaching assignment that begins no later than the semester immediately following the Pre-service Component of their program. The DOE will host hiring events during the Pre-service period, and the appropriate accommodations will be made by instructional faculty to allow for participation in those hiring events.

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Academic Progress

Candidates in the Fellows/Trans B program are required to progress through the program with their cohort, following the Scope and Sequence of courses disseminated during Orientation. Candidates who have extenuating circumstances that require modification of their program must request that modification ahead of time, or during the semester in which the extenuating circumstances occur. Such requests are handled in writing to Craig Thompson. Those requests will be evaluated by a committee and the candidate notified in a timely manner of the committee’s decision. Candidates who drop courses, or stop attending classes, without first receiving permission to modify their program will be dropped from the program and/or not allowed to resume studies at a later date.

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The academic record of all candidates admitted to the Fellows program will be evaluated to ensure that NYSED requirements in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as the State’s requirements for the major/concentration, have been met. Candidates who have course deficiencies will be notified of the deficiencies no later than the candidate’s first semester/summer session(s) at Pace. All identified course deficiencies must be addressed prior to the final semester of the candidate’s program. It is the candidate’s responsibility to take care of any deficiencies. It is strongly advised to have Craig Thompson approve any course work intended to address deficiencies prior to taking the course. (Note: identified deficiencies can be addressed at a community college or a 4-year school. Candidates may also engage in online learning opportunities. However, all course work must be completed at an accredited institution that can produce a credit-bearing college transcript. Candidates may also address course deficiencies through CLEP where applicable.) An official transcript that indicates completed course deficiencies must be submitted to the School of Education to clear any “deficiency holds” on the candidate’s record. Please note that the Registrar will not award a degree to a candidate with unmet course deficiencies.

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Academic Policy

Candidates are expected to (1) maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, and (2) earn a “B” or better in each education course for which they register. Candidates who fail to meet either of these expectations will be placed on academic probation. A candidate is considered academically deficient when the conditions of academic probation is met, whether or not they receive written notification of this status. Candidates who fail to raise their cumulative grade point average to a minimum of 3.00 after completing the probation semester will be dismissed from the program. Provisionally admitted candidates who do not (1) earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and (2)"B" or better in their provisional semester will also be dismissed from the program. Non-Degree Seeking (NDS) students who earn less than a "B" in their education course(s) will not be allowed to register for additional courses. Candidates must be in good academic standing at Pace University in order to continue their employment in the DOE. Candidates who lose their position in the DOE for any reason will not be permitted to continue their Pace University Trans B Teaching Fellow program. This is true regardless of the candidate’s academic standing at Pace University. In addition, any candidate dismissed by the DOE from the Fellows program is not eligible to transfer into any traditional graduate Education programs at Pace.

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edTPA Safety Net for Certain Candidates Who Are Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis During the Spring 2020 through Summer 2022 Terms

Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements below for the edTPA safety net may pass the Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) exam in lieu of passing the edTPA. Either version of the ATS-W exam (Elementary or Secondary) is acceptable; it is the candidate’s choice which version they want to take. To qualify, the candidate must take the ATS-W exam by September 1, 2024.

Eligibility Requirements for the Safety Net

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Trans B Certificate/Certification

The Trans B certificate is valid only for the period in which the candidate is actively enrolled in a Trans B program. Once a candidate has completed all course work and the University has “awarded” the degree (i.e.: “degree awarded” listed on the s candidate’s academic record with the award date), the School of Education is obligated by NYSED to enter a recommendation for the Initial certificate. Pace University’s recommendation for the Initial certificate will automatically expire the Trans B certificate. Please note that the Initial certificate will not issue unless the candidate has successfully completed the other certification requirements (fingerprint clearance and all exams, including the EdTPA). This is why it’s important for candidates to finish the EdTPA project in the penultimate semester, as required. Candidates without a valid and current teaching license are not allowed to remain in their teaching placement. Please also note that there is no way to “extend” the Trans B license after program completion. The Trans B certificate is linked to the Trans B program.

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