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Lehman Urban Transformative Education-Teacher Opportunity Corps (LUTE-TOC) Program

About the Program


Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) represents the School of Education's Conceptual Framework, which advocates empowering learners, educating for equality, realizing potential, and affirming diversity. LUTE-TOC funds will support 50 participants at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate LUTE-TOC scholars will have opportunities to develop a passion for a professional teaching career through an exploratory field experience in a high needs school, to bolster their content knowledge through face-to-face and virtual supplemental instruction, and to participate in a learning community focused on cultural responsive pedagogy and career exploration.

LUTE-TOC scholars who are enrolled in graduate programs will participate in a well-designed sequence of field/clinical experiences situated in schools that serve minority students from low-income families. Through careful planning and coordination with Bronx building leaders, the LUTE-TOC program intends to supervise candidates at their work sites and provide a paid, capstone, yearlong clinically rich experience.

The LUTE-TOC Program offers:


  • Support of tuition and fees;
  • Paid internships to work with public school students;
  • Internship placements at New York City Department of Education partner schools;
  • Academic assistance in the School of Education and on campus;
  • Support of textbooks and instructional materials up to $500;
  • Support of the LUTE-TOC scholars to obtain a New York State initial teaching certificate;
  • Study with exceptional faculty in disciplinary and education departments;
  • Hands-on experiences in New York City public schools;
  • Possibility of a full-time teaching position in a New York City middle school after successful completion of the program.

Admissions Criteria and Process


Undergraduate applicants to the LUTE-TOC program must meet the following criteria:

  • Academic performance in the major: overall GPA of 2.75 and 3.00 in the major;
  • Personal statements;
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a Lehman College or CUNY faculty who can comment on the student's academic achievement;
  • Commitment to teaching in a high needs school, excluding one year as an intern.
  • A New York State resident;
  • A US citizen or permanent resident.

Graduate applicants to the LUTE-TOC program must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum GPA 3.00 in the undergraduate transcript;
  • Submission of GRE test scores;
  • Personal statements;
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a Lehman College or CUNY faculty who can comment on the student's academic achievement;
  • Commitment to teaching in a high needs school, excluding one year as an intern.
  • A New York State resident;
  • A US citizen or permanent resident.

How to Apply

Pick up an application package from the Center for Schools and College Collaboratives (Carman Hall, Room 176)

Complete an application form (including Personal Statements), and have your professors each complete the recommendation form and close it in a sealed envelope. You will submit the application package which includes: a. the application form, b. two letters of recommendation, c. undergraduate and/or graduate transcript(s), and d. Personal Statements.

Application Deadline