Program Summary

I. Program in Spanish, Mathematics and Science.

Scholars participate in an intensive full-time 7-week summer program for TOP Scholars in their subject area that begins in June 2006 and ends in early August 2006. During the summer program, scholars participate in specially-designed courses on CUNY campuses and also get practical experience in New York City schools, working with students. Scholars get advisement and assistance in finding teaching positions with the New York City Public Schools beginning in September 2006. Scholars who successfully complete the summer program receive a stipend of $3,000 and earn between six and twelve credits toward their master's degree. Tuition is waived.

In order to remain in the program, Scholars must pass two New York State Teacher Certification Examinations before September 2006: the Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST) and the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) in the subject they will be teaching. The college where they are enrolled will then recommend them to New York State for alternative certification.

During the 2006-2007 school year, Scholars teach full time in New York City schools and take courses at CUNY after school toward their master's degree. Scholars are paid the appropriate teacher salary by the New York City Department of Education. Scholars also receive mentoring from a college liaison and from an experienced teacher at their school. At the end of the school year, Scholars earn an AmeriCorps Education Award worth $4,725 that can be used to pay their CUNY tuition and fees. Unused parts of the award can be used to pay off student loans or saved for future education expenses.

During summer 2007, Scholars may take credits toward their master's degree at CUNY.

During the 2007-2008 school year, Scholars again teach full time in New York City schools and take courses at CUNY after school toward their master's degree. Scholars are paid the appropriate teacher salary by the New York City Department of Education. At the end of the school year, Scholars earn a second AmeriCorps Education Award worth $4,725 that can be used to pay their CUNY tuition.* Unused parts of the award can be used to pay off student loans or saved for future education expenses.

Typically, TOP Scholars finish their master's degrees within two to three years of the start of the program. Once Scholars complete their master's degrees, they are committed to teaching for two more years in the New York City Department of Education.

II. Literacy Certification Program for New York State Certified Teachers Only

Top Scholars in literacy participate in an intensive full-time 7-week summer program that begins in June 2006 and ends in early August 2006. During the summer program, scholars participate in specially-designed courses on CUNY campuses and also get practical experience teaching literacy to New York City students. Scholars who successfully complete the summer program receive a stipend of $3,000 and earn six credits toward their masterís degree. Tuition is waived.

During the school year, Scholars work full time as teachers in New York City schools and take courses at CUNY after school toward their literacy certification. Scholars are paid the appropriate teacher salary by the New York City Department of Education. At the end of their first year in the program, Scholars earn an AmeriCorps Education Award worth $4,725 that can be used to pay their CUNY tuition and fees. Unused parts of the award can be used to pay off student loans or saved for future education expenses. They earn a second $4,725 AmeriCorps Education Award at the end of their second year in the program.*

During summer 2007, scholars may take credits at CUNY toward their masterís degree in literacy. Once participants are certified in literacy, they are committed to teaching for two more years in the New York City Department of Education.

*Funding for the AmeriCorps awards is pending. If funding is not granted, TOP scholars will instead receive CUNY tuition waivers.

 

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