Have a passion for a trade?
Become a CTE teacher.

For over three decades, New York City has been successfully recruiting Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers through the Success Via Apprenticeship (SVA) program.

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The Success Via Apprenticeship (SVA) Program was established in 1984 as a collaborative project of the New York City Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), and the City University of New York (CUNY). The program is designed to prepare highly motivated graduates of CTE high schools to become CTE teachers over a five year period.

New York City Department of Education United Federation of Teachers CUNY - New York City College of Technology

In order to prepare our future educators for success, our program is divided into three sections for a total of 5 years.

2 Years

of mentored teaching

  • Apprentices learn the dynamics of teaching under the supervision of an expert teacher for a high school semester.
  • Apprentices are required to design and deliver a minimum of two lessons per week.

3 Years

of industry experience

  • Apprentices are immersed in the industry setting, following the working hours and rules of a company for 12 to 14 months.
  • Apprentices receive day to day experience on the job, in supervision of trained industry professionals.

5 Years

of College courses*

  • Apprentices complete the necessary pedagogical coursework and college requisites necessary to be licensed by the New York State Education Department as a CTE teacher.
  • 44 credits of tuition are paid for by the Success Via Apprenticeship Program.
* College courses run concurrently to teaching and industry sequences.

The Success Via Apprenticeship Program boasts one of the highest retention rates amongst similar teacher preparation programs.

I am extremely proud to be a part of such a great program. I am given the ability to not only network with people in my trade area, but also to bring those networks into my classroom and better engage my students. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, but the SVA program gives me the opportunity to do so while showing students the benefits of a postsecondary education. -- Mr. Hunter, Architectural Drafting Teaching Apprentice
The Success Via Apprenticeship Program is an incredible opportunity for a young person who has both a love for a trade, and a love for educating others. The program provides us with the industry training we need to be successful in the classroom, as well as the important pedagogical skills needed for a teacher to succeed. -- Mr. Pierre, Web Development Teaching Apprentice

Learn how you can become a part of the Success Via Apprenticeship Program

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