The Murphy Institute’s LEAP to Teacher (LTT) program at the College of Staten Island serves as a central resource for participating paraprofessionals with questions or concerns about any aspects of their learning journey at CSI. The main purpose of the LEAP to Teacher program at CSI is to enable employed paraprofessionals in the NYC Department of Education (D.O.E) to further pursue their education and advance their career. We help each student to enter and complete all degree requirements in a timely fashion and without undue stress. We have the best interest of each and every student at heart.

Site Coordinator
Jonathan Rubin
Office: 718-982-4081
Call/Text: 718-569-8587

2800 Victory Blvd
Building 3S, Room 209
Staten Island, NY 10314

Prospective Students

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Studies
The College of Staten Island School of Education provides undergraduate programs for teaching in Early Childhood/Pre-K programs, Elementary and Secondary schools. The College also offers a variety of programs including (but not limited to): Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering Science, Physics, English, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology/Anthropology, and World Languages and Literatures.

Graduate Studies
The School of Education provides graduate programs in Childhood Education, Adolescence Education, Special Education; and a Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate for Leadership in Education. One of the recent additions is a program called “Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MSEd. The College also offers a variety of master’s programs in other fields of study in addition to education.

LTT Academic and Career Support

Workshops and Courses

The LEAP to Teacher program offers a variety of free noncredit courses and workshops designed to enhance students’ skills to pass different certification exams and provide an opportunity to complete some NY State mandatory training for educators.

New York State Teaching Assistant Certification Exam Preparation Workshop – Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS)

The Murphy Institute’s LEAP to Teacher Program offers a free 6-week exam preparation workshop for CUNY students who have over 40 credits interested in obtaining the NY. State Teaching Assistant Certification and becoming a Teacher Assistant/ Teaching Paraprofessional to provide direct instructional services to students under the general supervision of a certified teacher. The workshop prepares students for taking the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills Test (NYS-ATAS), the required test for getting the teaching assistant certification. For more information, please contact    ATAS Workshop Schedule

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training
Under the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, The Murphy Institute’s LEAP to Teacher Program is an approved NY State DASA Training ProviderThe 6-hour training will address the training for harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention in schools. After satisfying the requirements, students will receive their DASA certification on their TEACH account. For more  information, please contact  DASA Training Schedule

NY State Teacher Certification Exam Preparation Workshops 

NY Teacher Certification Exam Preparation Workshops – Master test taking study strategies for the CST: Combined Early Childhood & Childhood Multi-Subject Test and EAS: Educating All Students.

The Combined Early Childhood & Childhood Multi-Subject (CST) exam preparation workshop focuses on the strategies required to be successful in the multi subject specialty test for grades K- 6th. This workshop will cover the overall exam format for Literacy and English Language Arts (Multiple choice and constructed written response), and Arts and Sciences.

The Educating All Students (EAS) exam preparation workshop focuses on the skills needed to effectively teach diverse populations. The workshop covers the following topics: Techniques to approach various multiple choice questions, constructing an effective constructed written response and test-taking strategies.

Test Prep Workshops Schedule

Math Connection Conference (Spring Semesters Only)

As a collaborative effort, the LEAP to Teacher Program and the School of Education at CSI organize the annual Mathematics Connection Conference every May. The conference offers a wide variety of interactive presentations, panel discussions, and activities for children, specially designed for teachers and educational students. Please contact your LTT coordinator to get more information or email

Student Success Workshops

This series of online workshops introduces LTT students to study skills and provides writing improvement tips. Here are some of the topics covered in the workshops: 1) Classroom skills and note taking; 2) Reading Difficult Text; 3) Drafting Strategies; (4) Paraphrasing/Summarizing; (5) APA/MLA Citations; (6) Revisions strategies; 7) Introductions and Conclusions, 8) Time management

Please contact your LTT coordinator to get more information or email