LEAP to Teacher

several people looking at handouts

The Murphy Institute’s LEAP to Teacher program is a collaborative program between the CUNY School of Labor Studies (SLU) and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). LTT provides paraprofessionals working for the New York City Department of Education (DOE) with a set of free, ongoing support services to assist you in pursuing your education and advancing your career in any field of study, including education.

The LEAP to Teacher program at BMCC serves as a central resource for paraprofessionals who have admissions questions or concerns about any aspects of their learning journey at BMCC. Our LEAP to Teacher coordinator helps students to embark upon and complete their degrees in a timely fashion and without undue stress.

Eligibility for Leap to Teacher

  • UFT and DC37 paraprofessionals, teachers, daycare workers, and other school personnel
  • Attending or planning to apply to an undergraduate or graduate program at one of the LTT partnering CUNY colleges, such as BMCC

Program Benefits

  • Assistance with the admission and registration process at BMCC
  • Free college prep classes in math and English
  • One-to-one advisement to ensure a positive and rewarding college experience
  • Tutoring and writing support
  • Assistance with special funding opportunities including:
    • scholarships
    • financial aid
    • Department of Education Career Training Program (CTP) vouchers and reimbursement programs
  • Career advisement and alumni access to valuable career opportunities
  • Free workshops to prepare for NY State Teacher Certification:
    • Educating All Students (EAS)
    • Combined Early Childhood and Childhood Multi-Subject (CST) grades K-6
    • Content Specialty Test (CST) – Students with Disabilities
    • edTPA
    • Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W)
    • Mathematics for Future Teachers course

Learn More about Leap to Teacher

Please fill out an interest form if you would like to learn more about Leap to Teacher.