The Murphy Institute’s LEAP to Teacher program (LTT) at Queens College provides a wide range of free support services to help our participants succeed academically and to accomplish their career objectives. The LEAP to Teacher program was started in conjunction with the Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers and the City University of New York. Keep in mind, however, that you do not have to be pursuing a teaching career to participate in this program. A career change is another option to consider as you plan to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree; we can serve as your support system to accomplish your goals.


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Prospective Students

Academic Programs

Whether you are looking for initial or professional certification in teaching, or want to become a school counselor, school psychologist or school leader, Queens College is a great choice. Queens College was named one of top 20 best value colleges for teaching degrees and most affordable overall. A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area.

Queens College offers 97 registered programs that prepare teachers and other school professionals for New York State certification, including undergraduate programs in art teacher education, childhood education, English adolescent education, family and consumer science education teacher, mathematics adolescent education, music teacher education, physical education teacher, science adolescent education, social studies adolescent education, linguistics, and world languages.  All of the programs are approved by the New York State Education Department and lead to state certification. We are also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), as well as the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). Students can earn a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree or a post-master’s certificate in education.

If you are interested in furthering your education but do not want to teach, schedule an appointment with our LEAP to Teacher Coordinator to help you find a suitable program.

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