Queens College CUNY is actively seeking applicants for the newly launched Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC). The program is a teacher preparation initiative. It is open to all academically qualified undergraduate and
graduate students who are enrolling or are currently enrolled in a first time teacher preparation program leading to initial teacher certification, and who are committed to do academic field work and to subsequently receive job placement upon degree completion, teaching in a culturally diverse and high needs NYC public schools in Queens Districts 27, 28 and 29 (e.g. Southeastern Queens schools in the communities of Jamaica, Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Cambria Heights, and etc).
Three imperatives of the TOC program are to:
- Develop highly effective teachers, who are uniquely trained to address the specific needs of diverse learners (particularly boys and youth of color) in Southeastern Queens public schools
- Provide mentoring by “DOE master teachers, an enriched 10-month internship working at a school, job placement and mentoring support for new teachers committed to working long term in high needs schools to create stability and continuity for learners
- Enhance the proportion of historically underrepresented and under-served individuals in the field of teaching
At the undergraduate and graduate level, students participating in the TOC program will receive support during the academic year (i.e. Fall & Spring) totaling approximately $3,200 for tuition, plus an additional stipend for books and commuting expenses.
Most importantly participants are prepared to be day one ready teachers in high needs schools, through experiential professional development workshops, delivered on a monthly basis by the NYC DOE's Queens South Field Support Center, with field visits and guidance from a program residency supervisor, monthly internship seminars, input about certification preparation and exam workshops to help you time the right steps to graduate, get certified, and become a 1st time (initially certified) New York City teacher.