The Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Preparation Project

The NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI) has partnered with the NYC Department of Education and 5 of the City University of New York's (CUNY) senior colleges to launch the Pre-K Teacher Preparation Project in support of the Mayor's initiative to expand Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) throughout the city of New York.

Our work involves helping to prepare current and aspiring UPK teachers for certification and connecting qualified candidates with opportunities to teach Pre-K.

If you are currently a UPK teacher (or will be by September 2015) and fit one of the categories below, we encourage you to submit your application for consideration today!

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We are currently only accepting applications from uncertified individuals seeking a B-2 Certification.

Fast Track Study Plan

Uncertified individuals who have already earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Early Childhood Education through an approved teacher preparation program can apply to the CUNY Pre-K Teacher Preparation Initiative to be supported to complete an expedited study plan.

Selected participants will meet with an advisor to determine a plan for completing their remaining requirements to earn certification by August 2015.

Candidates selected to participate would receive:

  • Support to prepare for and take any relevant NYS Teacher Certification Exams, and
  • Support to apply for NYS certification

To learn more about this project, visit or contact our Career Develpoment Services Center:

Career Development Services Center

Raedell Wallace
Career Services Project Manager
(718) 254-7353 prekteacher@earlychildhoodny.org

You can also
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More information is also available from the:
NYC Department of Education