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Columbia University Teachers College — Office of Teacher Education

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Office of Teacher Education
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Arts (MA), Teaching Certificate
Admissions Deadlines:

Teachers College final admissions deadline varies by department. Peace Corps Fellows Program deadline: November 1 for January start; January 15 for May start

Admissions Cycle:

Notifications of Peace Corps Fellows awards sent out by December 1 for January start, and March 15 for May start

Program Start:
Mid-January or Mid-May
Program Founded:
April, 1985


Scholarships covering 20%-65% of tuition costs (varies by teaching subject area); starting teacher's salary of $48,836, depending on experience and prior academic credits; full health coverage under Teachers' Union contract; professional teaching credential (after three years, with fulfillment of requirements); scholarship and loan forgiveness opportunities after teaching begins. New York State certification currently has reciprocity in 43 states.


Fellows are placed in full-time, salaried positions in public schools throughout New York City and attend Teachers College classes part time in the evenings. Applicants choose programs of study leading to a Master of Arts in one of five education areas. The program involves a three-year teaching commitment. Many Fellows become tenured at their schools. Summer training for first-year Fellows, monthly cohort seminars, and team meetings are required components. These gatherings are as much for support of the group as they are a forum for presentation and discussion of topics of interest and importance. Participants often live on campus, and when possible, share classes and are together in schools, thus making interaction with other Fellows (including alumni and other RPCVs teaching in the public schools) an integral part of the program. The positive and negative aspects of the nation's largest city (as well as the largest school population of 1 million children) help to shape the nature of the program. The inherent demands and challenges are both grueling and exhilarating.

There are two program start options based on teaching content area:

Spring Semester, mid-January for Teaching of English (Grades 7-12), Intellectual Disabilities/Autism (Special Education, Grades 1-6 or 5-9) or Teaching of Social Studies (Grades 7-12); Spring Semester start includes a 5 month fieldwork observation component at a NYC school site (stipend/tuition points provided in exchange).

Summer Session A, mid-May of each year for all programs including Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Spanish, Grades 1-6 or 5-9) Teaching of English (Grades 7-12), Intellectual Disabilities/Autism (Special Education, Grades 1-6 or 5-9), Teaching of Math (Grades 7-12), Teaching of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics; Grades 7-12), or Teaching of Social Studies (Grades 7-12).


Eligibility to be a PCF Fellow is dependent both upon acceptance to Teachers College and acceptance to the Program. Peace Corps Volunteer service (not necessarily in teaching); strong commitment to teaching in the demanding urban environment of New York City; completed Teachers College application; Peace Corps Description of Service. Telephone and/or personal interviews may be required at the discretion of the Peace Corps Fellows Program Office.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Nicolas Stahelin

Box 90, 525 West 120th St.
New York, New York 10027
(212) 678-4080
(212) 678-3153

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