MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Admissions

 
The 2023 MƒA Master Teacher Application will open in January 2023.
 

Eligibility | Criteria Process | Components | Interviews
 

MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Eligibility

Middle and High School Teacher Eligibility 

You are eligible to apply if, in the fall of 2023, you fulfill all four of the following requirements:

  • You will teach grades 6-12 full-time in a New York City public or charter school.
  • You will start at least your 3rd year of full-time mathematics or science teaching (including computer science).

  • You will teach 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 the fall of 2023, you fulfill all four of the following requirements:

  • You will teach grades K-5 full-time in a New York City public or charter school.

  • You will start at least your 3rd year of full-time mathematics or science teaching (including computer science).

  • You will be one of the following:

    • the classroom teacher primarily responsible for teaching mathematics or science

    • the science specialist teacher responsible for teaching science to students in a classroom setting

    • a mathematics or science coach who still retains a partial schedule teaching students in a classroom setting

  • 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 four years. We encourage you to use this policy to help decide when to apply.

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Master Teacher Fellowship Admissions Focus Areas  

Content Knowledge: Master Teachers continue exploring the content in their field, to deepen their personal understanding and help them improve student learning.

Teaching: Master Teachers seek to extend/deepen their knowledge and skills in the important dimensions of teaching that support student learning.

Students: Master teachers strive to provide equitable access and develop student agency, ownership, and identity for all students. 

Collegiality: Master Teachers are effective collaborators. They share their expertise and explore areas for growth with fellow educators in an inclusive and productive way.

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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 2023 dates:

Last Day to Take Praxis Exam Application Deadline Interview Notification Interview Dates Acceptance Notification
Saturday
March 25, 2023
Monday
April 10, 2023
End of May
2023
June 3, 4, 10,
11, 17, 24 or 25
Early
July

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MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Written Application Components​
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Observation Report(s): You will submit either your most recent formal observation or your two most recent informal observation reports.
  5. Contact Information for Two References: You will submit the contact information for two references: one reference from a current principal or assistant principal and one reference from a colleague. 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 above. 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