Become a Founding Cohort Member of the New York City EnCorps STEM Teaching Fellows

The Need

After 12 years of success on the west coast, EnCorps will expand its work to New York City, partnering with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in helping to fulfill a critical need to expand the city’s STEM teacher pipeline. New York is often called a land of innovation and opportunity, but while the city is driven by world-class finance, healthcare, retail and manufacturing industries, there remain significant educational inequities.

In 2019, NYSUT Research and Educational Services reported that New York State officials estimate a need of over 180,000 new teachers over the next decade. From 2009 to 2019, enrollment in teacher education programs in New York State declined 53%. The teacher shortage is impacting a growing number of subject areas, especially in high poverty schools. Big city districts report severe staffing challenges. EnCorps’ vision is to ensure all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, have a strong STEM foundation to help them navigate an increasingly complex world.

Fall Deadline for 2023A cohort:
September 9, 2022

Applications are reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. 2022B EnCorps Fellows will be matched to a partner school to begin their Guest Teaching semester with an experienced Host Teacher in August/September 2022.

Where We Work

Guest Teaching partner school sites are located in New York City.

The Program

EnCorps supports professionals from the fields of science, IT, engineering, research, etc. who use their previous experience to inspire students in the STEM fields.  Fellows commit to Guest Teaching with a Host Teacher from one of our partner sites for 2-5 hours/week over the course of a semester. During this time, Fellows gain valuable experience in working in a classroom setting, attend professional development sessions, and receive support in exploring certification program options.  This can all be completed while still working in industry.

In New York City, Teaching Fellows can earn teaching licenses in the core subjects of math, chemistry, biology, earth science and physics.

EnCorps supports traditional teacher certification routes as well as alternative routes that allow Teaching Fellows to earn their certification while teaching.

NYC EnCorps fellows receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of their semester-long guest teaching experience, as well as a complimentary 1-year membership to the New York Academy of Sciences.


EnCorps Fellows are passionate about equity in STEM education and are interested in transitioning into a career as an educator in underserved areas.  Candidates must:

  • Live or be willing to commute to New York City for a semester of guest teaching
  • Have at least 1 or more years of work or research experience as a STEM industry professional OR possess an advanced degree in a STEM field.
  • Be fully eligible to work in the United States (US Citizen or Permanent Resident)
  • Possess a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (foreign degrees must be independently evaluated to determine equivalency)
  • Not currently hold a teaching credential / license / certification in a core subject in the state in which you are applying

Learn More

EnCorps offers an Accelerated Pathway and a Standard Pathway, as well as many financial options and support.

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