MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Admissions

 

Eligibility | Criteria Process | Components | Interviews
 
Please Note: Due to interruptions caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the application deadline for the Master Teacher Fellowship has been extended to Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11:59pm.

MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Eligibility

Middle and High School Teacher Eligibility 

You are eligible to apply if in fall 2020 you fulfill all four of the following requirements:

  • You will be teaching full-time in grades 6-12 in a New York City public or charter school. 
  • You will be starting your 3rd year (or more) of full-time mathematics or science teaching (including computer science).
  • You will be teaching mathematics or science for at least 60% of your schedule.
  • You have never completed an MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship (If you have, you should apply through the MƒA Master Teacher II+ Fellowship admissions process.

Elementary School Teacher Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if in fall 2020 you fulfill all four of the following requirements:

  • You will be teaching full-time in grades K-5 in a New York City public or charter school. 
  • You will be starting your 3rd year (or more) of full-time mathematics or science teaching (including computer science).
  • You will be either the science cluster teacher, or be the primary teacher responsible for teaching science to your students OR the classroom teacher for mathematics, or teach a split program comprising partial classroom teaching as well as serve as a math coach or math lead.
  • You have never completed an MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship (If you have, you should apply through the MƒA Master Teacher II+ Fellowship admissions process.)

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact admissions@mathforamerica.org.

Learn about the opportunities and resources that the MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship offers.


MƒA Reapplication Policy

There is no limit on how many times a teacher may apply for a fellowship at MƒA. However, a teacher may not apply for any fellowship at MƒA more than twice in a four year period. We encourage you to use this policy when making decisions about when to apply.

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Master Teacher Fellowship Admissions Criteria

MƒA seeks applications from teachers who are committed to supporting MƒA’s mission and vision as evidenced through:

Content Knowledge: You need to demonstrate significant exposure to and deep understanding of the subject matter you teach. This typically means having completed coursework beyond the standard introductory course sequence at the undergraduate level and achieving a competitive score on the relevant ETS Praxis Content Knowledge exam.

Pedagogy: You need to demonstrate significant exposure to pedagogical theory and strong pedagogical practice that includes regular, reflective, and professional goal-setting. Successful applicants have typically pursued meaningful professional development in pedagogy, including conferences, summer institutes, and school-based efforts.

Knowledge of Students: You need to provide evidence of a commitment to understanding students as individuals and learners. Evidence of this comes through in thoughtfully constructed lesson design and in the way you build classroom culture cognizant of the lived experience of students’ families, communities, and cultures.

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MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Admissions Process

The MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship admissions process consists of multiple stages:

  1. Select your Subject Area of Focus and Complete a Praxis Exam in your content area
  2. Submit a written application (via the MƒA website)
  3. MƒA reviews written applications and grants finalist interviews to select applicants
  4. MƒA conducts finalist interviews and holistically reviews finalists’ materials
  5. MƒA issues final fellowship award decisions after interviews are completed

Important dates:

Application Deadline Interview Notification Interview Dates Acceptance Notification
Sunday
September 13
Middle of
October
Saturday October 17
Sunday October 18
Saturday October 24
Sunday October 25
Middle of
December

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MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Written Application Components​
  • Praxis Exam Score: You will submit scores from the appropriate Praxis Exam for your application subject area as part of the application (How to decide which Praxis Exam to take for your subject area). You must take the exam before the deadline listed on the chart above. Please see the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website for specific exam dates. Note: Elementary School teachers must take the Middle School Praxis Exam for your application subject area, and Middle and High School teachers must take the Content area exams for your application subject area.
  • Writing Exercises: You will complete a series of writing exercises about aspects of your Mathematics or Science instruction based on prompts provided in the application. These exercises will ask you to consider strengths and areas of growth in your practice and to analyze how you design learning experiences in a specified topic for your students.
  • Unofficial Academic Transcripts: You will upload scanned copies of unofficial transcripts from any college/university that has conferred you a degree or at which you earned relevant STEM or pedagogy credits.
  • Observation Report(s): You will submit either your most recent formal observation or your two most recent informal observation reports.
  • Contact Information for Three References: You will submit the contact information for three references: one reference from a current principal or assistant principal and two references from other colleagues. MƒA will email your references customized forms to complete.

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MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Finalist Interviews 

If selected to participate in an MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship finalist interview, you will attend a full-day interview (9:00AM-5:00PM) on one of the dates below. Due to the number of interviews MƒA will conduct, you should reserve all dates in your calendar until you are notified of your official interview date. The interview consists of both group and individual activities that will be detailed upon an invitation to interview.

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The application process made me think about how well I know my students, how I am making math meaningful to them, and how I think of myself as a teacher. It made me want to challenge myself even more.

- Geoffrey Enriquez, MƒA Master Teacher