In this section of the application, you will be asked to provide information about the educational institutions that you attended and to upload final transcripts from these universities. As part of our screening process, the NYC Teaching Fellows completes a thorough review of each candidate’s university level coursework on behalf of our university partners in order to determine what subjects or content areas you might be qualified to teach.
Applicants with a bachelor's degree from an international university:
Please note that we are not able to evaluate transcripts from foreign universities and require all candidates with a bachelor’s degree from a foreign university to submit a full course-by-course evaluation of their degree. Please note that a translation of your degree and credits is not sufficient. We require a course-by-course evaluation because we need to understand U.S. equivalency for ALL courses you have taken in order to assign you a subject area.
A full course-by-course evaluation includes the following:
- Listing of all completed coursework
- Grades for each course
- Credits earned for each course
- Degree equivalency in the United States
- Final cumulative GPA
Accepted foreign degree evaluation companies: We accept and review foreign degree evaluations from a variety of different organizations, as long as it is a course-by-course evaluation. We cannot accept credential evaluations or authentication reports. To locate an organization that provides an accepted foreign degree evaluation, please visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Some of their member organizations include:
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
- Evaluation Service, Inc.
- Globe Language Services Inc.
- International Education Evaluations, Inc.
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
- SpanTran: The Evaluation Company
- Transcript Research
- World Education Services Inc.
We recommend you allow sufficient time to obtain your degree evaluation as the process of receiving, reviewing, and approving all documents, and receiving payment can take several weeks.
Applicants with a cumulative GPA lower than a 3.0
It is a current New York state requirement for university placement in an alternative teaching certification program that a candidate’s undergraduate GPA must be a 3.0 or above. This remains true regardless of how long ago you earned your undergraduate degree and/or whether you have advanced degrees with higher GPAs.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between a 2.5 and 3.0 ARE ELIGIBLE to apply to the NYC Teaching Fellows. If you are in this situation, you will be asked to submit a GPA statement to provide more context about your GPA. The GPA statement should outline any factors that may have impacted your undergraduate GPA and why you feel you will be able to succeed in a rigorous master’s degree program.
We will review applications from candidates who have an undergraduate GPA lower than a 3.0
holistically—meaning we will take into consideration GPA statements, essays, accomplishments and demonstrations of leadership.
If you have obtained a graduate degree, please note that we are required to look only at your
undergraduate GPA for eligibility. If your undergraduate GPA was between a 2.5 and 3.0, you MUST write a GPA statement. We cannot accept your graduate GPA in place of your undergraduate GPA.