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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B-2 Certified Applicants

Individuals who already have certification in Early Childhood Education can pursue an additional certification in Bilingual Education or to teach Students with Disabilities.

Candidates selected to participate would receive:

  • The cost of tuition and fees to complete 12-15 credits during the Spring & Summer 2015 semesters (January – July)
  • Support to prepare for and take any relevant NYS Teacher Certification Exams, and
  • Support to apply for NYS certification

1-6 Certified Applicants

Individuals who already have Childhood Education Certification can pursue an additional certification in Early Childhood Education.

Candidates selected to participate would receive:

  • The cost of tuition and fees to complete 12-15 credits during the Spring & Summer 2015 semesters (January – July)
  • Support to prepare for and take any relevant NYS Teacher Certification Exams, and
  • Support to apply for NYS 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