Our Application Process

The Peace Corps Fellows Program at Teachers College seeks to attract candidates that feel inspired by our mission statement:

To recruit exceptional Returned Peace Corps Volunteers into the teaching profession, prepare them to excel in New York City's high need public schools, and support them to make long-term, professional commitments to public education.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2019-2020 cohort. If you are dedicated to educational justice and equity and would like to join our community of educators, please consider applying and take a moment to complete our online survey below to receive information about the program. If you choose to apply, you can visit the Teachers College Application portal and complete the application and supplemental questions for the Peace Corp Fellows Program.

Please note that you must have completed Peace Corps service to be eligible for this program.

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Applicants apply through the Teachers College application portal and complete both the Teachers College application, the Peace Corps Fellows Program supplementary application questions and GRE scores.

Click here to apply for the Peace Corps Fellowship Program via the Teachers College Admissions.



Deadline for a mid-January Start Date: November 1, 2018

Programs with a January Start Date

Deadline for a mid-May Start Date: January 15, 2019


Programs with a May Start Date


Peace Corps Fellows Program Supplementary Application

The completed PCFP supplementary application includes:

  • Peace Corps Fellows Applicant Information Form

  • Peace Corps Description of Service (official, signed DOS)

  • Peace Corps Fellows Essays

  • After the TC application and Peace Corps Fellows supplementary materials have been reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted regarding individual interviews.


The Interview Process

The staff of the Peace Corps Fellows Program will interview selected applicants. Please bring your resume and any other supplementary materials you wish to share with your interviewers. As an applicant, you may be asked to do a school visit that typically consist of an applicant observing a current Fellow teaching and then interviewing with program staff. Interviews via Skype or other online conferencing services can be arranged for applicants who are unable to visit between September and February.

Financial Aid

  • File the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-20 academic year
  • Complete the Scholarship Application Form


For further details regarding the application process and requirements, please visit TC Admissions.

If I already have valid teaching certification (in New York or other states), can I apply to the Peace Corps Fellows Program and pursue a master's degree in a different teaching area?

Yes, and you may be eligible to enter a professional certification track. Your course schedule may be somewhat different from other Fellows in your program.

If you have certification in elementary education, you may enter the professional certification program for elementary education.


What type of New York State certification will I obtain?

The Alternative Teacher Certification Program for the Peace Corps Fellows Program leads to a Transitional B Certificate that is valid for 3 years during which candidates are expected to complete their degree program and then apply for an Initial and then Professional certificate. The Initial certificate is valid for 5 years, with the same effective begin date as the Transitional B. In effect, the Initial Certificate would extend the candidate's eligibility to teach for 2 years beyond the Transitional B certificate.

Peace Corps Fellows are held to New York State standards, requiring the completion of the following:


  • Three workshops: Child Abuse and Maltreatment, Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) and School Violence Prevention

  • New York fingerprint clearance.

  • Two written tests: Educating All Students (EAS) and the Content Specialty Test (CSTs)


The Peace Corps Fellows Program requires:

  • 200 hours of pre-service preparation (ISI) and fieldwork observations

  • Employment as a full-time teacher of record

  • Completion of coursework leading to a master's degree from Teachers College within 3 years


Completion of the program leads to Initial Certification and then Professional Certification upon graduation.


Do I need to complete my Peace Corps service before becoming a Fellow?

To qualify for the Program, applicants must have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service and must meet the admissions requirements of Teachers College. A Volunteer is considered to have satisfactorily completed Peace Corps service if s/he: has completed the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service, or the full tour minus up to 90 days, if returned home on emergency leave; has been granted an “Early Close of Service” or an “Interrupted Service” due to circumstances beyond the Volunteer’s control; or has been medically separated as a Volunteer.


How can I see the work of your teachers or learn about how your program works with your teachers?

We invite all applicants to inquire about scheduling a school visit with a Peace Corps Fellow who is teaching in the applicant’s content area. During this visit, the applicant will have the opportunity to ask the Fellow questions about the program, New York City Schools, time management, courses at Teachers College, and other areas of interest. Prospective students can also request to be e-introduced to current Jaffe Fellows.

Interest Survey

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