Teacher Opportunity Corps

18 TOC students standing in a group after a seminar

The Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) at the SUNY Old Westbury School of Education is a program that seeks educate a diverse teaching force to empower 21st century students.

The only program of its kind on Long Island, the TOC program is the result of a New York State Education Department Teacher Opportunity Corps II grant, which was made possible by the federal My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Hear what participants say about how the TOC program makes a difference for them

We encourage eligible students to join this amazing group of educators and take advantage of all that TOC has to offer.  Applications for Fall 2024 are due no later than Friday, September 09, 2024. Current members of the TOC program in good standing do not need to reapply.

Application Form

Program Goals

  • To develop future teacher leaders
  • To be an active contributor to the State’s efforts to diversify the teaching workforce
  • To recruit and support high quality teacher candidates in the undergraduate Adolescence Education, Bilingual Education, Childhood Education, and Exceptional Education programs
  • To graduate future classroom teachers who will be prepared and ready to teach all children
  • To change the world one child at a time


  • New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements – A student must be a resident of New York State and must demonstrate interest in and a potential for a teaching career.
  • SUNY Old Westbury School of Education requirements – A student must be eligible to enroll in School of Education coursework.

Selection criteria

NYSED’s guidelines for selecting participants:

  • 1st priority: Individuals who have been historically underrepresented and underserved in the teaching profession
  • 2nd priority: Individuals who are economically disadvantaged
  • 3rd priority: Individuals who do not fall into the above categories

School of Education selection criteria include:

  • Passing ED3950 with a B or better
  • Overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of all School of Education admission requirements

Program Opportunities

  • Financial support (e.g., tuition or on-campus room and board, books)
  • Reimbursement for State-mandated workshops and certification exams (e.g., CST, EAS, DASA)
  • Experiences as a volunteer working in partner schools
  • Guidance and support by mentor teachers in partner schools
  • Seminars for prospective teachers
  • Access to local professional conferences (e.g., Limaçon, Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder conferences)
  • Tutoring support (e.g., in mathematics, writing, CST)
  • Leadership opportunities

TOC Intern Responsibilities

  • Volunteer in partner schools
  • Attend required number of seminars
  • Maintain professionalism as a representative of TOC II, the School of Education, and of SUNY Old Westbury
  • Meet all requirements to be a member of the School of Education
  • Believe that all students deserve an excellent education


Email the Teacher Opportunity Corps: TOC@oldwestbury.edu

TOC Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Diana Sukhram
Dean - School of Education, Teacher Opportunity Corps

Dr. Anissa Wicktor Lynch
Assistant Professor, Childhood Education & Director,  Teacher Opportunity Corps

Dr. Blidi Stemn
Associate Professor/Chair, Childhood Education & Literacy, Teacher Opportunity Corps

Ms. Rheba Jules
Director of Academic Services and Outreach, School of Education, Teacher Opportunity Corps

Mr. Richard Diaz
Program Coordinator, School of Education, Teacher Opportunity Corps