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Thinking about Becoming a Teacher? New CUNY Teacher Academy at Brooklyn College Will Offer Free Tuition to Train Teachers in Math or Science for New York City High Schools and Middle Schools

Thinking about Becoming a Teacher? New CUNY Teacher Academy at Brooklyn College Will Offer Free Tuition to Train Teachers in Math or Science for New York City High Schools and Middle Schools

Brooklyn College and five other senior colleges in the City University of New York are participating in the CUNY Teacher Academy, a new program sponsored by the Partnership for Teacher Excellence and supported by a four-year, $15 million grant from the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation. Once accepted into the program, which will train and educate highly effective math and science teachers, students will receive full-tuition support for four years and paid summer and after-school internships in schools in return for a two-year commitment to teach in New York City public schools. The deadline for application is April 1, 2006. Current Brooklyn College freshmen and students entering Brooklyn College in the fall are eligible to apply.

Students in the CUNY Teacher Academy will be the beneficiaries of an innovative curriculum supported by dedicated faculty who are committed to student achievement. Modeled on the successful NSF-funded Brooklyn Outreach for Science Careers, the Teacher Academy will offer aggressive academic support—including a Bridge to College program during the summer and peer-led team learning—to help students master the mathematics and science curriculum.

Students will be enrolled in special sections that link deep knowledge of the subject matter with sound teaching practice. Designed to resemble the immersive experience of a medical school internship, Academy students will begin working in host schools in their first year to see what is happening in the public education system—how students respond to teachers, how teachers assess students, how students change over time, what makes great teaching, and what motivates students. In addition, students will receive a superb and comprehensive education in mathematics, biology, chemistry, or earth science. Through an excellent liberal arts and sciences program, CUNY Teacher Academy students will be the beneficiaries of specialized training that will bring out the best in themselves and their students.

In Fall 2006, the Academy will admit three hundred undergraduate students in math, biology, chemistry, and earth science, providing them a deep foundation in their major, a broad general education program, and education courses developed cooperatively by CUNY and Department of Education educators. The Brooklyn College School of Education will host CUNY Teacher Academy programs in mathematics (with the possibility of a dual certification in mathematics and physics) and earth science.

Visit the CUNY Teacher Academy Web site for more information, incentives, frequently asked questions, and application forms.

For more information, please contact the Teacher Academy at (212) 794-5323 or e-mail teacher.academy@mail.cuny.edu.