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Manhattanville College - Jump Start

About this program

Jump Start is a perfect fit for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers! It is an accelerated teacher certification and Master’s degree program. Beginning twice a year, we offer programs that get you into your own classroom at full pay and benefits after an intense series of coursework - seven months (spring start) or one year (fall start). While teaching, you attend evening classes and complete your Master’s degree and earn New York State Initial Certification. Our focus is on urban public education and nearly all Jump Start teachers begin their teaching careers in New York City where the demand and the rewards are the greatest.

  • Year partnership began: 2013
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 3 but there is no limit!

Application requirements

Official Transcripts, personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, resume

Admissions process

Online application

Degrees awarded

Master's Degree

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $38,025 $38,025
Value of fellowship $19,012 $19,012
Net cost $19,013 $19,013

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $25,000

Cost savings details

All Coverdell Fellows receive a 50% discount on tuition. The financial information above reflects the TESOL program (39 credits). The estimate Childhood/Special Education program (51 credits) cost+fees : $49,725 (without fellowship) and $24,862.50 (With fellowship). We are a private institution and place discounts where there is most need.


Jump Start prepares candidates for teaching and the candidates begin teaching after 7 months or 1 year in the program in NYC schools at full pay plus benefits.

Other opportunities

Fellows are awarded a Master's degree after 2 years or 2.5 years.

Jobs for alumni

Jump Start has 100% of it eligible candidates teaching! Many RPCV's are still working in NYC schools – some have moved on to suburban and rural school districts.

Nontraditional options

Contact information

Susan Bretti




[email protected]


2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577