Application Process

Future Applicants

We are excited to see your interest in applying to the Teaching Residents at Teachers College teacher preparation program! Choosing to pursue a career in teaching is an important decision, so as you continue along in the first steps of this process, we encourage you to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Information Sessions

Want to know more? Attend an information session here at Teachers College!

  • Thursday, October 24, 5pm-6pm, Horace Mann 152




TR@TC2 runs on established cycles that begin in January and end in the June of the following year. The application for our 2020 cohort can be accessed here. Please submit all application materials by November 8, 2019.

As you complete the application requirements, be sure to follow the directions carefully and accurately. 

Finding applicants who are a good fit for TR@TC2 is a process that we take very seriously. Because of this, the final step in our application process will include a two day in-person interview for application finalists only. Dates for the interview process will be November 21 and 22, 2019. Once interviewed we will contact finalists with invitations to participate in this event. Applicants who are finalists in the admissions process will be asked to be in attendance on both days. For invited finalists living outside of the NYC area, we will discuss and organize travel arrangements with you when we reach out with an invitation to participate.


  • Take the GRE: Regardless of educational background, if you have not taken the GRE in the last five years, you must complete this requirement. If you have taken the GRE in the last five years, these scores may be submitted. Your application is not considered complete until your GRE scores have been submitted.

  • Update your resume: Your resume should be a chronological listing of your employment history, educational history, academic endeavors, and other significant activities.

  • Write your TC Statement of Purpose: The Statement of Purpose should be 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced. It should describe your academic and professional background, plans for graduate school, your professional goals, and how and why you are a good fit for the program and specific certification area. It should be tailored to Teachers College and your specific program of interest.

  • Write your TR@TC2 supplemental essay: The TR@TC2 supplemental essay is an academic essay that requires applicants to respond to a prompt by both synthesizing both their own personal experience and assigned sources. The TR@TC2 supplemental essay is available upon request prior to the opening of the application. To request supplemental essay materials, email us at

  • Select a writing sample: Select a piece of writing of any genre (e.g. an academic paper from a previous class, a story you’ve written, a poem or lyrics you’ve penned) that makes you particularly proud and that captures your voice. This piece can be of any length and will be uploaded as part of the supplemental TR@TC2 materials when the application is open.

  • Complete your TC electronic application: The TR@TC2 application is open and accessible through the TC Admission Portal. 

  • Submit transcripts from schools you have attended: Be sure to make arrangements for official transcripts from all higher education institutions to be submitted to Teachers College, even if you took only a few classes and/or did not finish a degree from the school.
  • Check submitted components: Make sure that all components of the application are complete and accurate. Your electronic application will not be reviewed by TR@TC2 until all components are fulfilled and the application is fully submitted.
  • Wait to hear about Round 2 of the application process: Some applicants will be invited to participate in the TR@TC2 Admissions Institute, dates for the upcoming Admissions Institute to be announced. Arrangements for this event will be communicated with all applicants who are being invited to attend. Participation in the Admissions Institute is necessary for all applicants who wish to be considered for the program.

What is the time commitment for the TR@TC2 program?

Teaching Residents are full time students, meaning that their primary commitment over the course of their program is to their studies. Schedules vary based on program (i.e., IDA, TESOL, SCI, MATH) and students have obligations at times during the day and in the evening, based on their course schedule, fieldwork obligations, etc. Also, students have course commitments for the entire first summer (including the week of July 4), are in their residency for the full New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) school year (including times when TC is not in session, such as during Winter Break and Spring Break), and complete their residency at the end of June.


What is the process for partnering me with a Mentor Teacher?

When placing Teaching Residents in a school and partnering them with a Mentor Teacher, we consider many factors including strengths, weaknesses, interests, personality, and where you live. This process happens in the summer prior to beginning your residency, once we have had an opportunity to get to know you and you have had a chance to become more familiar with the program and NYC schools.


I already work in a school.  Can I continue in that position or at that school during my residency?

No. Each Teaching Resident is paired with a Mentor Teacher in one of our Partnership Schools, where they co-plan and co-teach for an entire school year. During this time, Teaching Residents are not teachers of record and do not earn a salary or wage from the school. They fill the role of student teacher in placements that we assign.


Following my residency, what is the process for finding a job?

Teaching Residents are responsible for finding their own positions in NYCDOE high-need schools. TR@TC2 offers support with this job search through job counseling, assistance in the development of resume and application materials, as well as offering access to our wide network of schools where our alumni work. To date, none of our alumni have been unsuccessful in finding an initial position.


I am already certified as a teacher in another state or certification area. Do I qualify to apply for this program?

No. This is a program that only accepts candidates who do not hold teacher certification in any area. However, if you have previously completed a teacher preparation program, but never received certification, you do qualify to apply.


What financial supports do Teaching Residents receive while in the program?

All candidates who participate as Teaching Residents in the program receive:

  • $30,000 living stipend

  • A substantial scholarship

  • Health insurance assistance

  • In exchange for this financial package, residents agree to teach in high-need schools in New York City for a minimum of three years. All finalized financial support offerings will be expressed in writing within the program acceptance package.