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Lehman Urban Transformative Education-Teacher Opportunity Corps (LUTE-TOC) Program

About the Program


Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) represents the School of Education's Conceptual Framework, which advocates empowering learners, educating for equality, realizing potential, and affirming diversity. LUTE-TOC funds will support 50 participants at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate LUTE-TOC scholars will have opportunities to develop a passion for a professional teaching career through an exploratory field experience in a high needs school, to bolster their content knowledge through face-to-face and virtual supplemental instruction, and to participate in a learning community focused on cultural responsive pedagogy and career exploration.

LUTE-TOC scholars who are enrolled in graduate programs will participate in a well-designed sequence of field/clinical experiences situated in schools that serve minority students from low-income families. Through careful planning and coordination with Bronx building leaders, the LUTE-TOC program intends to supervise candidates at their work sites and provide a paid, capstone, yearlong clinically rich experience.

The LUTE-TOC Program offers:


  • Support of tuition and fees;
  • Paid internships to work with public school students;
  • Academic assistance in the School of Education and on campus;
  • Support of textbooks and instructional materials up to $500;
  • Support of the LUTE-TOC scholars to obtain a New York State initial teaching certificate;
  • Study with exceptional faculty in disciplinary and education departments;
  • Hands-on experiences in New York City public schools;
  • Possibility of a full-time teaching position in a New York City middle school after successful completion of the program.

Admissions Criteria and Process


Undergraduate applicants to the LUTE-TOC program must meet the following criteria:

  • Academic performance in the major: overall GPA of 2.75 and 3.00 in the major;
  • Personal statements;
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a Lehman College or CUNY faculty who can comment on the student's academic achievement;
  • Commitment to teaching in a high needs school, excluding one year as an intern.
  • A New York State resident;
  • A US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Application documents:

Graduate applicants to the LUTE-TOC program must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum GPA 3.00 in the undergraduate transcript;
  • Submission of GRE test scores;
  • Personal statements;
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a Lehman College or CUNY faculty who can comment on the student's academic achievement;
  • Commitment to teaching in a high needs school, excluding one year as an intern.
  • A New York State resident;
  • A US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Application documents:

How to Apply


Complete an application form (including Personal Statements), and have your professors each complete the recommendation form and close it in a sealed envelope. You will submit the application package which includes: a. the application form, b. two letters of recommendation, c. undergraduate and/or graduate transcript(s), and d. Personal Statements to the following office:

Ms. Traci Palmieri, Director
The Lehman College LUTE-TOC Program
School of Education
Carman Hall Room 176
Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Phone: 718-960-5137
Email: traci.palmieri@lehman.cuny.edu

Application Deadline