Eighteen CTE Teachers Are Members of the NYS Master Teacher Program
"Launched in 2013, the initiative rewards the state's highest performing teachers to ensure the best and brightest stay in the classroom and share their expertise with peers and pre-service teachers… and to strengthen the quality of our schools in communities across this state.” Governor Cuomo
In response to the call to strengthen our nation’s K-12 STEM education, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed the statewide New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in the 2013 State of the State Address. The (NYSMTP) recognizes STEM teachers for their dedication to providing the most innovative STEM education to their students, their commitment to professional growth and their enthusiasm for sharing their successful practices with colleagues in their schools and districts.
Master Teachers are strong teachers who are interested in further developing their expertise in three knowledge areas: knowledge of content, pedagogy and students. By providing students with a strong foundation in STEM, Master Teachers will help NYS education remain globally competitive. The Master Teacher Program is supported by SUNY campus partners in nine economic development regions and in partnership with Math for America in New York City.
NYS Master Teachers are members of a professional network of outstanding NYS STEM educators. In addition to their regular school responsibilities, Master Teachers commit to attending and creating intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year. In addition, they engage in peer mentoring and work closely with pre-service teachers to help recruit and retain exemplary teachers.
Through participation in the NYSMTP, selected STEM teachers receive $15,000 stipends annually over four years.
The current 625 NYS Master Teachers have an average teaching experience of 14 years with 7900+ years of combined teaching experience. Representing nearly 300 school districts, they teach all levels of STEM courses at the middle and high school levels. Fifty Master Teachers have also earned National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
To be eligible for the New York State Master Teacher program, applicants 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 discipline, teaching grades 6-12 and plans to maintain the 60% STEM course load.
For a list of the teachers and their school districts click here.
Additional information about the Master Teacher Program and the application requirements and process is available at www.suny.edu/masterteacher.