Manhattan Receives Three-Year Grant To Continue Supporting Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) Initiatives

Program now offers bilingual component for teachers.

As part of Manhattan College’s school of education’s longstanding commitment to preparing highly effective teachers, the Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) initiative is lending a hand by facilitating more local teachers to advance their education in partnership with the College. The New York State Education Department Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs Teacher Development Programs is sponsoring the TOC initiative for another three years, and the initiative provides nearly a half a million dollars in funding towards graduate education at Manhattan for teachers working in high need public schools in New York City (Districts 10 and 11) and Yonkers.

A new component to the TOC initiative at Manhattan is a bilingual extension option with the master’s in education degree. The master’s offers certification in New York State childhood (grades 1-6) and special education.

“Through the TOC program and its specialized coursework and mentoring programs, scores of teachers and prospective teachers are better prepared to address the learning needs of at-risk students,” says Walter Matystik, J.D., associate provost at Manhattan College. “We look forward to our continuing participation in this highly effective program that is complementary to the College’s mission and its heritage.”

Funding for the TOC initiative at Manhattan College started in 1987 to improve special education in Districts 10 and 11, and was developed in response to the critical shortage of highly qualified educators. The program also strives to increase the large number of minority and historically underrepresented teachers.

This TOC program has a 25-year history of success at Manhattan College. Since 2001, 87 percent of the participants have completed the program and 11 percent are continuing in the program, while teaching in high need schools.

For more information, visit Manhattan College’s school of education website.