About Master Teacher Program The New York State Master TeacherProgram seeks to identify, reward, and support master teachers throughout NewYork State. The role of master teachers as professional mentors and contentexperts is key to developing the current cadre of outstanding educators as wellas developing skilled future teachers. Adequately documented is the shortage ofSTEM teachers in the k-12 system, and by engaging directly with those teachingmath and science in grades 6-12 today, New York State can ensure that studentswill be college and career ready for the jobs of tomorrow. Eligibility To be eligible for the New YorkState Master Teacher program, you must:
Be a certified, currently employed teacher in New York State, with a minimum of 4 years of experience teaching STEM disciplines. Have a current course load of at least 60% in STEM disciplines, teaching grades 6-12 and plans to maintain the 60% STEM course load. Be rated "effective" or ?highly effective? on your Annual Professional Performance Review
Each region has been allocated 70Master Teacher positions. Since none of the regions has met the maximum amount,there will be subsequent rounds of interviews beginning this fall withapplication deadlines prior to that. To keep informed of admissionsinformation, please visit our website at www.suny.edu/masterteacher.
The New York State Master Teacher Program is dedicated to ensuring that allMaster Teachers have a strong knowledge of their STEM disciplines. The PRAXISII exam is a subject specific exam. It is one measure of content knowledge inthe application. All candidates for the New York State Master TeacherProgram are required to take a PRAXIS II exam as part of their application.
Even though the application process has not opened up yet, you canstill start the process by preparing for this exam and sign up for it as it isnot offered all of the time. It is better to sign up for the online version.
We remind all prospective candidatesthat there are three main areas of ability and growth that we?re looking at inan application: content knowledge, pedagogy, and a deep understanding of yourstudents. There are many ways for a teacher to continue to grow in thesethree areas. As for narrowing down the ways in which you, personally, canimprove your application, I would ask you to spend some time reflecting onwhere you see yourself able to grow in these three domains and then set somespecific goals for the upcoming school year. Then, you?ll have specificthings that you can reflect on in the written application.
I will emphasize, that each of thematerials submitted (resume, personal statement, recommendations, etc.) shouldindividually highlight all of the three areas of ability above.
Master teachers are outstanding classroom teachers who are committed to developing their knowledge of content, craft of teaching and understanding of students even further. They are required to spend a minimum of 50 hours working on this while earning a stipend of $15, 000, yearly; $60,000 for the four year contract period.
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Iva Jean Tennant BU Coordinator of New York State Master Teacher Program Past President of Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State
Past President of AMTST People to People Student Ambassador Delegation Leader