MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Admissions


Eligibility | Criteria Process | Components | Interviews

MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Eligibility

General Eligibility 

You must fulfill all four of the following requirements in order to be eligible:

  • You work full-time in grades K-12 in a New York City public or charter school. 
  • You are currently in your fourth year or more teaching mathematics or science.
  • You 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.)

Early Career Teacher Option Eligibility

As MƒA values the experiences and participation of STEM teachers early in their careers, an Early Career Option is available to teachers looking to apply to an MƒA Fellowship before starting their fourth year of teaching. You may apply to the MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship using the Early Career Option if:

  • You are currently in your second or third year teaching mathematics or science.

  • You work full-time in grades K-12 in a New York City public or charter school. 

  • You teach mathematics or science for at least 60% of your schedule.

Elementary School Teacher Eligibility
In addition to the general eligibility requirements, as an elementary school teacher you must also:

  • Serve as a science cluster teacher for science or be the primary teacher responsible for teaching science to your students.


  • Serve as the classroom teacher for mathematics or teach a split program comprised of partial classroom teaching as well as serving as a math coach or math lead.

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 in late June

Important dates:

Final Praxis Exam Date Application Deadline Interview Notification Interview Dates Acceptance Notification Orientation Dates
April 15
April 19 by 11:59pm
Middle of
June 6, 7,
13, or 14
End of

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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.

2020 MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship Finalist Interview dates are June 6, 7, 13 and 14.

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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