Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC II)

Teacher Recruitment for Urban Schools Today (TRUST)

The 2015 data on the numbers of certified teachers in New York State show that males and ethnic/racial minorities are noticeably underrepresented in the teaching field. Less than 25% of certified teachers in New York State are male (24.1%), and the representation of ethnic and racial minorities constitutes less than 20% collectively (American Indian .2%, Asian 2.6%, African American 8.4%, Latino 7.4%, and Pacific Islander .008%).

The Teacher Opportunity Corps II  is a New York State Education Department grant-funded program developed to increase the number of historically underrepresented individuals entering the teaching field. NYSED's effort is to not only recruit and retain more people from underrepresented groups into the teaching field but, by doing so, to help resolve the shortage of teachers who are both qualified and prepared to teach students that have been placed at risk in severely underserved areas.

Oswego State's School of Education was awarded a five-year, $1.63 million grant to upgrade the Teacher Opportunity Corps program. The grant will award the School of Education $325,000 per year for their TOC program. The year funding through the state's My Brother's Keeper (MBK) program will more than double the capacity of Oswego's nine-year-old Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) to serve 50 students, from first-year students through graduate school, and to support graduates in their early years of teaching.

Oswego's MBK TOC II program provides financial assistance, academic, social, professional, and other financial support to aid students in successfully completing their teacher education program at SUNY Oswego. Every TOC II scholar receives $2,500 a year. The $2,500 is in addition to merit and other forms of financial aid you may receive. Juniors, seniors, and graduate scholars completing clinical experiences, field experiences, or student teaching, will receive travel reimbursements or may be eligible for transportation to and from the experience and receive financial support to pay for all certification exams. In addition, there are clinical residency and employment opportunities, professional development, mentorship, and networking opportunities available. Check this out! 

Ready to apply? Here is the application!

Interested in learning more or ready to apply? Contact us!

Ms. Nichole J. Brown, Project Director

TBA, Graduate Assistant

175 Wilber Hall 

Oswego, NY 13126

315-312-2834 (Office)