Men Teach is a program Mayor de Blasio created to recruit minority male teachers to teach in the city’s public schools. While males of color make up 43% of students in the city’s public schools, only 8.3% of the city’s teachers are Black, Latino or Asian.
To help increase the diversity of the city’s public school teaching force, the city is providing financial and academic support to students who are interested in becoming teachers.
To be accepted into the Men Teach program applicants should have a 3.0 GPA and, in the community colleges, have completed 24 credits towards an associate’s degree. Students who have a 2.75 GPA and have completed fewer credits can still apply to the program however and receive some of the program’s benefits.
CUNY students at all CUNY campuses can access an online application. Please complete the application on your computer and not your phone.
You will be required to upload a transcript (official or unofficial) with your application.
You will also have to answer two short essay questions. It is strongly suggested that applicants carefully proofread your essay questions or ask a professor or advisor to go over your essay questions.
The CUNY NYC Men Teach program provides academic and financial supports to Men Teach students, with the goal of supporting them through the certification and hiring process so they can enter the NYC teaching workforce as effective urban educators. Men Teach students may receive monthly metro cards, free certification exam practice tests and other financial incentives, as well as access to a dedicated program counselor who will help with advisement and academic supports.
If you are would like to discuss the program, or talk about teaching in New York City’s public schools, please contact the Men Teach Program Coordinator, John Gunn, in the Education and Language Acquisition department.