Jump Start is an accelerated teacher certification and master’s degree program. Beginning twice a year, we offer programs that get you into your own classroom after an intense series of coursework - seven months (spring start) or one year (fall start). While teaching, you attend evening classes and complete your master’s degree and earn New York State Initial Certification. Our focus is on urban public education and nearly all Jump Start teachers begin their teaching careers in the Bronx and Manhattan where the demand – and the rewards – are the greatest.
Jump Start is a unique program providing:
A cohort approach that builds strong collaborative bonds
A series of workshops that support your job search, including designing demo lessons and preparing for interviews
A strong foundation of content and pedagogy, as well as field work and observation hours that fully prepare you to teach even without student teaching
A mentor who will visit you once a week in your own classroom, as well as a weekly seminar on campus
Individual guidance throughout your program – from initial interview to final certification.
When can I start? Twice a year, at the end of August or the beginning of February. Jump Start students take a specific series of courses that prepare them to apply for an Internship Certificate; the Internship Certificate allows you to teach full time while you complete your degree and certification.
When do the classes meet? All Jump Start classes meet evenings, from 4:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fall cohort meets once a week for first spring and fall semester, then three times a week for the summer sessions. Spring cohort meets three times a week from February through both summer sessions.
How do I apply? You can send in either a paper or an online application. Accompanying that application must be official transcripts from all institutions attended, two letters of recommendation (either academic or professional), a 2-3 page personal statement addressing why you would like to become a teacher, and the application fee. Once we have received all of your documents, your application will be processed and you will be invited in for an interview with the Director of Jump Start. Please call Graduate Admissions for more information.
What is the difference between Jump Start and the traditional Master's degree program? In the Jump Start program, you will be teaching in your own classroom in 7 or 12 months, depending on when you begin. You will continue to take courses while you are teaching in order to complete your Master's degree and certification requirements. The biggest difference is that there is no student teaching component in Jump Start.
What if I've never taken an Education course before? You do not need prior experience or education coursework to enter the program.
What can I get certified in? Jump Start offers teacher education programs for certification in: Childhood/Special Education, English/Special Education, Social Studies/Special Education, Mathematics/Special Education, Biology/Special Education, Chemistry/Special Education, Physics, TESOL and Spanish. Note: Students optimize their employment opportunities by earning an additional certification in Special Education. Post-Master's certification are available to candidates who already have a master's degree in their field and seek initial certification.
Are there discounts available? Yes. There are several ways within the Jump Start program. We have a 30% discount for students interested in obtaining certification in science, math and TESOL. Manhattanville will provide a 50% tuition reduction for Returned Peace Corp Volunteers. Please check with Financial Aid for additional information.