Teacher Opportunity Corps

Group of thirteen TOC interns

The Teacher Opportunity Corps 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 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.


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 College’s 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, edTPA)
  • 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, edTPA)
  • 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: soetoc@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