Description: The Math for America New York Teaching Fellowship Program focuses on the shortage
of adequately qualified mathematics teachers in our nation's public high schools.
Math for America New York Teaching Fellowship trains mathematically talented individuals
to become high school math teachers and supports them in the early years of their
careers. The program currently operates in New York City and is endorsed by the New
York City Department of Education.
Dollar Value: Fellows receive an aggregate stipend of $100,000 over five years and obtain a full
tuition scholarship to master's level teacher preparation program at Bard College,
New York University, or Teachers College/Columbia University
Number of Scholarships: 35 - 40 new Fellows will be selected each year. Math for America (MfA) will appoint
over 340 Fellows in NYC between 2004 and 2011. MfA expects to expand the program
to other cities in the future.
- Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
- Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree (or by mid-June) with substantial coursework
in mathematics. A minimum of 18 credits in math courses at the calculus level or higher
is required. Exceptions are possible for candidates with significant math-related
coursework in physical sciences, engineering, or a similar field or with experience
in a math-intensive job.
- Individuals who have completed education programs (major or minor) leading to teacher
certification are not eligible.
- Individuals who are full-time teachers or are certified to teach are not eligible.
- Candidates must be able to make a five-year commitment to the Math for America New
York Teaching Fellowship.
- Math for America staff, Board and Committee members, and their families are not eligible.
Application Procedures: All candidates must complete the application requirements. This includes submission
of the online application form, personal statement, resume, transcripts and three
letters of recommendation. Math for America Fellows must have a strong knowledge of
undergraduate mathematics. In addition to reviewing transcripts, MfA requires all
candidates to take the Praxis II: Mathematics Content and Mathematics Proofs and Reasoning
Tests. In order to be considered for a Newton Fellowship, you must receive a score
of 143 on the Mathematics Content Test, and a score of 161 on the Proofs and Reasoning
Test. It is important to notice that you must receive BOTH of these scores in order
to be considered. Finalist candidates will be invited to New York City for an interview,
at which they will be assessed on their math knowledge, teaching potential and communication
Deadline: January 2, 2013
Math for America
50 Broadway, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10004
Email: General information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions
What type of person is a good candidate for a Math for America Program?
Math for America (MfA) looks for individuals who first and foremost know and love
mathematics. After that, MfA are looking for individuals with a passion for education,
a personality that will thrive in the challenges and opportunities of public school
teaching, strong communication skills and a belief that teachers really can make a
difference. There is no set profile in terms of background or experience. While the
majority of Fellows are recent college graduates who were math, science or engineering
majors, MfA encourage career changers to apply.
Must candidates have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident?
All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents due to the certification
requirements of New York State.
If a candidate is certified or have completed certification requirements in another
state, can they apply?
The Math for America Program is meant to bring new people into careers in teaching.
If applicants have already completed a program in education leading to certification
(in NY or another state), they are not eligible to apply.
Could candidates apply their undergraduate degree was in both math and math education?
If they have a math and math education dual degree and have not completed a program
for certification, then they are eligible to apply. If they have completed a program
leading to teacher certification then they are not eligible to apply. The Math for
America Program is intended bring new people into careers in teaching.
What if a candidate already has a masters degree in math, science or engineering?
Individuals with master's degrees in fields related to what they are going to teach
do not technically need to obtain a second master's degree in education. However,
they do need to complete a program in education leading to teacher certification.
MfA's training programs provide both the certification and master's degree. If they
already have a master's, they most likely will receive a second master's degree in
Would candidates need to apply to Teachers College, NYU or Bard College in addition
to the Newton Fellowship Program?
Candidates who are accepted into the program do not need to also apply to our Partner
Universities. MfA will forward all of the application materials to the universities
for admission and admission fees will be waived. However, applicants are encouraged
to apply to the degree programs of their choosing so that if they are not accepted
into the Newton Fellowship Program, they will be able to pursue a degree in math education
on their own.
Can a selected candidate defer acceptance into the program?
Applicants who are accepted into the program may not defer acceptance. Applicants
must reapply for the program the following year.
Can unselected candidates reapply to the program next year?
Applicants may reapply to the program in any year. If reapplying, MfA recommend that
the applicants discuss how their qualifications have changed over the past year in
the personal statement.