- NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development has partnered with four public school districts across the country to offer a 12-month online teacher residency program that would allow teachers to create their graduate programs while working in high-need areas.
- The Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching launched in 2016 with teachers at Brooklyn Prospect Charter Schools and Great Oaks Charter Schools in Connecticut, Delaware and New York, and this summer will mark the first time public school districts are participating.
- Experienced teachers in the partner schools will assist NYU faculty with offering guidance to the enrolled teachers.
This program combines all of the top trends in higher education today: online learning, on-the-job training, workforce development and close institution-employer collaboration. And on the K-12 side, pairing teacher training with mentoring at the school level seems a perfect formula for success.
The thing about programs like this one and one in Montana, which sees students completing online modules while working at job sites across the state, is that they allow students to work while obtaining their credentials, addressing worker shortage issues without compromising on credentials. Unlike the Montana program, however, NYU Steinhardt's is not underwritten by a corporate partner, meaning the burden of recruitment still falls on the institution.