The Murphy Institute for Worker Education at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies provides educational programs and services to union members and other adult learners seeking to attain the knowledge, skills, and credentials they need to achieve their academic and career objectives.


  1. Provide education for workers in three areas: Basic skills; job-related skills; and liberal arts education
  2. Expand existing programs and services and create new higher educational opportunities for workers to advance their careers and achieve personal growth
  3. Address the economic and workforce development needs of the City and State by providing programs that give workers skills employers need
  4. Provide student support through a range of individualized services at no cost to prospective and currently enrolled students.


  • Academic and Administrative Support Programs for Union Members at partnering CUNY Colleges
  • Continuing and Professional Education
    • College Prep Courses
    • Basic Skills Education
    • Workshops and Courses for Future Teachers
      • Free Teacher Certification Exam Preparation Workshops
      • Math for Future Elementary Teachers
      • Writing for Future Teachers

Academic & Administrative Support Programs

SLU’s Murphy Institute is designed to meet the higher education needs of union members. To find specific degree and service programs for your union, please visit the Labor, Community, & Employer Partners page.


These programs provide a wide range of support services to union members and adult learners who are pursuing degree programs at other CUNY units. The Murphy Institute staff offers college admission advisement, embedded tutoring services, career counselling, and skills-based as well as teacher-certification exam preparation workshops. These services help union members enter college and succeed academically.

  • The Murphy Institute for Worker Education at Queens College
    The Murphy Institute for Worker Education has a partnership with Queens College and an on-campus office and staff who provide academic guidance and support services to union members and working adults pursuing a degree at Queens College.
  • LEAP to Teacher Program
    The Murphy Institute’s LEAP to Teacher program is a collaboration with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), enabling UFT members working for the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to pursue their education and advance their careers in teaching or other fields of study. This program has sites at four participating CUNY colleges: Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island, Lehman College, and Queens College.
  • CUNY-Wide Adult and Worker Education Project
    To increase access to higher education opportunities for workers and adult learners, the Murphy Institute offers information sessions and pre-admission services for adult learners who are interested in pursuing a two- or four-year degree program at a CUNY College. Through pre-admission services, our staff matches the educational needs of workers and union members to current CUNY academic programs. Information sessions are held in community centers, Borough President offices, union halls, and NYC district offices. To set up an information session at your site or to attend an information session, please contact Katia Tabuteau at

Continuing & Professional Education

The Murphy Institute provides the following non-credit workshops and courses at SLU’s 43rd street site and other CUNY College locations.

Basic Skills Education: We integrate basic skills into credit-bearing and vocational courses for students who might not be ready to enroll in college-credit courses. These courses boost students’ reading, writing, and math skills, and help them improve overall academic performance. Unlike other basic skills and remedial courses, these courses allow students to earn college credits while improving their academic skills. Our model includes small classes, team-teaching, additional instructional hours, and academic support.

This model is currently used in our Enhanced Math and English Program at our Queens College location. For more information about this program, visit the Enhanced Program FAQ or contact Francine Sanchez at 718-997-3060.

Cohort-based classes: We can customize integrated basic skills education for a group of students who come from a specific union, employer, or agency. Cohort-based classes would be tailored to the needs of the sponsoring organization. For more information about our cohort-based classes, please contact Dr. Sara Esfarayeni at 212-642-2062,

  • Free College Prep Courses for Union Members and Adult aged over 21:In collaboration with the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE), the Institute offers free college prep classes in Reading/Writing and Elementary Algebra for union members and working adults interested in attending a CUNY college. Classes are open to adults over the age of 21 who have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (GED/TASC). Daytime classes meet twice a week from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Evening classes meet twice a week from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For more information about these classes and to find out how to apply, contact Abraham Marcus at or 212-642-2040.

Workshops and Courses for Future Teachers:


The EAS exam preparation workshop focuses on the skills needed to effectively teach diverse populations.  The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Techniques to approach different types of multiple choice questions
  • Constructing an effective written response
  • Test-taking strategies.

Please visit the current Test Prep Workshops Schedule (on the left).


The CST exam preparation workshop focuses on the strategies required to be successful in the multi-subject specialty test for grades K – 6. The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Literacy and English Language Arts (multiple choice and constructed written response)
  • Mathematics (multiple choice and constructed written response)
  • Arts and Sciences (multiple choice)
  • Test-taking strategies

Please visit the current Test Prep Workshops Schedule (on the left).


Free courses are offered to LEAP to Teacher and UFT members

  • Math for Elementary Teachers
  • Writing for Future Teachers

For more information, please visit The Leap to Teacher page.