Manhattanville College - Jump Start

Why you should consider 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.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 38,025 $ 19,012 $ 19,013
Out of state $ 38,025 $ 19,012 $ 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 the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

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.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

3 but there is no limit!

Other benefits or opportunities

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

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 25,000

Application fee waived?



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.

Jobs for program 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.

Other details

Program length

2 or 2.5 years

Application requirements

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

Admissions process

Online application

Program begins

January and September

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Susan Bretti, Director

2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577