We cannot accept any applicant who has a final cumulative undergraduate GPA below a 2.5.
It is a New York state requirement for university placement in alternative teaching certification programs that a candidate’s final cumulative undergraduate GPA must be a 3.0 or above. Applicants with a final cumulative undergraduate GPA between a 2.5 and 3.0 are eligible to apply but are required to submit a GPA Statement that provides more context about why their GPA fell below the New York state and university requirements.
We are bound by our university partnerships and state regulations in this aspect and are unable to offer further exceptions to our GPA requirement, regardless of where your GPA was earned or any other academic or professional achievements.
We are often asked if it is possible to incorporate transfer credits or additional credits earned after graduation when calculating the final cumulative undergraduate GPA. As this time, our university partners do not allow this. The cumulative GPA that appears on your final undergraduate transcript is the only GPA that will be considered by the NYC Teaching Fellows and our university partners when determining your eligibility to participate in this program.
We recommend that you independently research and pursue other teaching certification pathways with different eligibility requirements. You may also consider contacting your undergraduate institution to inquire if they have recommended methods that allow you to increase your final cumulative undergraduate GPA. You may also want to visit http://teachnyc.net to learn more about other opportunities within the NYC Department of Education.