November 4, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces SUNY Accepting Applications for Second Round of New York State Master Teacher Program

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State University of New York is now accepting applications for the New York State Master Teacher Program in six additional regions, completing the initiatives statewide expansion plans. After the first selection of 104 master teachers announced last month, up to 561 additional teachers across the state will be selected to serve as master teachers in this second round of applications.


Applications for all ten regions of the state can be submitted online until January 3, 2014 at


With this second round of applications for the New York State Master Teacher Program, we are opening up this initiative to outstanding teachers from all ten regions of the state who go beyond their basic duties to help their students succeed, Governor Cuomo said. By enhancing the work of our teachers, we can help our students thrive in the classroom and be competitive in the workforce. I encourage high performing teachers from all across the state to apply to this second round today.


Securing and supporting our teaching workforce is essential as New York rebuilds its economy and prepares today's children for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, said Chancellor Zimpher. The Master Teacher program gives the best and brightest teachers added incentive to keep educating and to share their knowledge and expertise with their peers. We look forward to bringing the program to communities and schools statewide.


The New York State Master Teacher Program was established this year by Governor Cuomo to identify, reward, and support master STEM educators throughout New York State. The first cohort of 104 teachers was announced last month. The role of master teachers as professional mentors and content experts is key to developing the current cadre of outstanding educators as well as inspiring future teachers.


Master Teachers will:

  • Receive a $15,000 stipend per year over 4 years for participation in the program (total compensation of $60,000 per teacher).
  • Engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year.
  • Work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers.
  • Attend regular cohort meetings and participate in and lead professional development activities throughout the year.


Teachers will be chosen from every region of the state to participate in the program. The four regions that launched this fall (Mid-Hudson, North Country, Central New York, and Western New York) will continue to accept applications. Six new regions are accepting applications today: Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, Long Island, and Southern Tier. Special instructions to apply to the New York City program being coordinated in partnership with Math for America will be available on SUNYs Master Teacher website and at by November 15th.