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 that was 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 through the New York State Department of Education to upgrade the Teacher Opportunity Corps program.  The grant will award the School of Education with $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 freshmen through graduate school, and to support graduates in their early years of teaching.

Oswego's MBK TOC II program provides tuition 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 will 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!

Interested in learning more or ready to apply, contact us!

Ms. Nichole J. Brown, Project Director

     Jennifer Asitimbay,
Graduate Assistant

Ashley Claris, Graduate Assistant

175 Wilber Hall 

Oswego, NY 13126

315-312-2834 (Office)