Certification/Licensure

Our Anchor Program is the heart of NYC Men Teach

NYC Men Teach calls its incoming teachers ‘Anchors.’ In a relay race, the anchor runs the final leg of the race to ensure that the entire team has the best chance at winning. Anchors drive to have a strong finish and rely heavily on their teammates – the ones who ran before them to ensure the win. In NYC Men Teach, our ‘team’ is made up of current and retired teachers, school administrators, community members, and the NYC Men Teach programming team in the Department of Education. As a classroom teacher, you will be the Anchor in this race to pass the baton on to your students to increase educational opportunities for them.

Anchors are able to start their path towards teacher certification through either an alternative certification program or a traditional certification program.

Alternative certification programs place you directly into a full-time classroom teaching position with salary and full benefits. You would experience a robust training period in order to begin teaching, and then continue taking night classes working towards certification at a partner university.

Traditional certification programs are found at New York State colleges and universities most likely in the School of Education. You would enroll in a two-year Master’s degree program to then be placed in a classroom after successful completion of coursework. NYCMT is proud to partner with The City University of New York to offer Anchors a variety of traditional certification programs both at the graduate and undergraduate levels across 9 senior campuses.

Alternative Certification Programs


  • – Bachelor’s Degree
    – 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    – No more than 17 Education credits
    – US citizenship/permanent residency

  • – Bachelor’s Degree
    – 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    – No more than 17 Education credits
    – US citizenship/permanent residency

  • – Bachelor’s Degree
    – 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    – No Education majors
    – US citizenship/permanent residency

  • – Bachelor’s Degree
    – 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    – All majors accepted
    – US citizenship/permanent residency

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Traditional Certification Programs

CLICK HERE to learn more about the NYC Men Teach program at The City University of New York.


  • Brooklyn College

    Program Manager – Shemeka Brathwaite: Shemeka.Brathwaite97@brooklyn.cuny.edu
  • Graduate Admissions
    – Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    – Two letters of recommendation
    – Resume
    – One page biographical statement
    – GRE
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Spring Deadline: multiple deadlines

    Fall Deadline: multiple deadlines

  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065 per semester

    Part-time: $425 per credit


  • City College

    Program Manager – Walter Greigg: wgreigg@ccny.cuny.edu
  • Graduate Admissions
    – Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    – Two letters of recommendation
    – Resume
    – Biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words
    – GRE
    – $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Fall Deadline: October 15th

    Spring Deadline: March 15th

  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065 per semester

    Part-time: $425 per credit


  • College of Staten Island

    Program Manager – Altovise Gibson: altovise.gipson@csi.cuny.edu
  • Graduate Admissions
    – Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    – Two letters of recommendation
    – Resume
    – 1-2 page biographical statement
    – GRE
    – 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    – $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Fall Deadline: November 25th

    Spring Deadline: April 25th

  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065 per semester

    Part-time: $425 per credit



  • Hunter

    Program Manager – Jonathan Gaines: jg2785@hunter.cuny.edu
  • Graduate Admissions
    – Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    – Two letters of recommendation
    – Resume
    – 500-word statement of purpose
    – GRE
    – $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Fall Deadline: October 15th

    Spring Deadline: March 15th

  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $10,436.90 per semester

    Part-time: $560 per credit



  • Lehman

    Program Manager – Fatima Sherif: fatima.sherif@lehman.cuny.edu
  • Graduate Admissions
    – Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    – Two letters of recommendation
    – Resume
    – 500-word statement of purpose
    – 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
    – GRE
    – $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Fall Deadline: October 15th

    Spring Deadline: April 15th

  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065.00 per semester

    Part-time: $560 per credit



  • Queens College

    Program Manager – William Anders: william.anders@qc.cuny.edu
  • Graduate Admissions
    – Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    – Two letters of recommendation
    – Resume
    – 500-word statement of purpose
    – 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
    – GRE
    – $125.00 application fee
  • Graduate Deadlines
    Fall Deadline: multiple deadlines

    Spring Deadline: multiple deadlines

  • Graduate Tuition
    Full-time: $5,065.00 per semester

    Part-time: $425 per credit


  • Medgar Evers College School of Education website

    There are currently no graduate education programs at this campus. You can learn more about undergraduate opportunities here or at any of the CUNY campuses through the campus website or by reaching out to the Program Manager.

    Program Manager – James Johnson: jjohnson@mec.cuny.edu


  • City Tech Department of Career and Technology Teacher Education

    There are currently no graduate education programs at this campus. You can learn more about undergraduate opportunities here or at any of the CUNY campuses through the campus website or by reaching out to the Program Manager.

    Program Manager – Emani Ramos-Byam Johnson: eramosbyam@qcc.cuny.edu


  • York College Department of Teacher Education

    There are currently no graduate education programs at this campus. You can learn more about undergraduate opportunities here or at any of the CUNY campuses through the campus website or by reaching out to the Program Manager.

    Program Manager – Richard France: rfrance1@york.cuny.edu

If you are interested in pursuing a degree at an Associate’s level, NYCMT also partners with 6 of CUNY’s junior campuses.






If not yet ready to commit to a traditional certification program or not yet eligible for an alternative certification program, we encourage you to explore our Village Pathway programs, which are for aspiring teachers still working towards a degree or those with no previous classroom experience interested in becoming a teacher.

If you are already certified to teach in a state outside of New York and want to teach in New York City, we urge you to research the NYS Teacher Reciprocity Process.

  • Have you already graduated from a certification program and already attained New York State certification, and now looking for placement in a DOE public school?

    You might be eligible to go straight into the classroom! If so, all you need to do is complete a New Teacher Application at http://www.teachnyc.net.