Tucson Unified partnership with NYU Steinhardt opens pathway to teaching career

Immersive program provides opportunity to earn master's degree while teaching

Posted 04/13/17

With a continued national teacher shortage looming, Tucson Unified School District is adding a new partner—NYU Steinhardt—to provide another pathway to career in education.

NYU Steinhardt's Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching program enables prospective teachers to earn graduate degrees by pairing coursework with full-time residency experiences in classrooms.

NYU courses and faculty mentoring take place through an online platform that includes observed classroom instruction and one-on-one student contact as well as traditional academic course work.

The 12-month program is open to anyone with a bachelor's degree and prepares teachers for jobs at the middle school and high school levels.

"This is an innovative partnership that enables people with a passion for education prepare for a lifelong career," said Anna Maiden, Chief of Human Resources at Tucson Unified. "In this time of a nationwide teacher shortage, programs such NYU Steinhardt's make it possible for more professionals to enter the field and  make a difference in the lives of our students.

To learn more, please join district leadership and representatives from NYU Steinhardt for an online information session on Wednesday, April 19, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reach out to admissions@teachereducation.steinhardt.nyu.edu to learn how to participate in the session.

NYU's Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching program is in its second year. The first cohort of 10 students is expected to graduate in the summer. NYU plans to increase participation to about 75 students this year. In addition to Tucson Unified, new partners include San Francisco Unified, Syracuse City District and City School District of Albany.