Jump Start - Accelerated Teacher Certification and Master’s Degree Program
With Manhattanville College’s Jump Start program, you can get your teaching certification, as well as your master’s degree, in as little as seven months! Beginning twice a year (in August and in February) 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 to complete your master’s degree and earn New York State Initial Certification.
Students will join a cohort and attend workshops that include topics such as designing lessons preparing for an interview. The Jump Start program even features a mentor who visits with students once a week and provides a seminar every week. 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.
Teaching Certification Options
Manhattanville College offers the following certification options:
MAT - Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
MPS - Childhood Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6)
MPS - English and Special Education (Grades 5-12)
MPS - Mathematics and Special Education (Grades 5-12)
MPS - Science and Special Education (Grades 5-12)
MPS - Social Studies and Special Education (Grades 5-12)
MPS - TESOL - Teaching English as a Second Language (All Grades)
MAT - Spanish (Grades 7-12)
There are so many benefits to joining our Jump Start program! Classes are conveniently offered in the evenings and the program requires no prior education coursework to enroll. Students who look to become certified in science, math, or TESOL qualify for a 30% tuition discount. Visit our our financial aid page for more information.
Want to learn more about Manhattanville College’s Jump Start program and how you can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and the New York State Initial Certification in a year or less? Request more information today!
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.
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: Early Childhood Education, 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.