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.

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.

Undergraduate Studies

In addition to Education programs, Queens College offers over 70 undergraduate programs on campus. These programs include (but are not limited to): Accounting, Business, Computer Science, English, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law and Pre-Med.

To apply, visit Undergraduate Admissions.

Graduate Studies

There are over 100 master’s degree programs on campus. Whether you are pursuing your Master’s degree for professional and career advancement, personal fulfillment, public service or scholarly adventure. We are here to help you take the first step.

To apply, visit Graduate Admissions.

Academic Support

On-Campus LTT Services

  • Assistance with admissions and registration process
  • Assistance with special opportunities including: scholarships, D.O.E Career Training Program (CTP) vouchers and financial assistance
  • Tutoring Services
  • Academic Advising
  • Advisement post-graduation
  • Special Opportunities-
    • ACE Program
      Queens College offers adults over age 25 with few transfer credits the opportunity to pursue an accelerated bachelor’s degree program. ACE participants may apply for up to 36 tuition-free life achievement credits based on personal or professional experience. Thereafter, these students choose majors and electives.  For more information speak to a Murphy Institute Advisor.
  • The Murphy Institute Writing Center
    The Murphy Institute Writing Center at Queens College offers all writing support for students in the LEAP to Teacher program. The Writing Center also provides workshops, writing tips of the week, discussion forums, and newsletters. Students may schedule a phone, online, or in-person session by accessing the WCONLINE online scheduler. LEAP to Teacher students can contact Jean Soto, the Writing and Research Consultant, at 718-997-3079 or by emailing

Off-Campus LTT Services

The LEAP to Teacher program offers a variety of free non-credit courses and workshops designed to enhance students’ math and writing skills, and to prepare them for the New York State Teachers Certification Exams.

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) is an approved DASA Training Workshop Provider and through the Murphy Institute’ s LEAP to Teacher Program offers DASA training. The 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. Please visit the DASA training schedule to apply. For more information please contact

New York State Teaching Assistant Certification Exam Preparation Workshop

Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS)

The  Murphy’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), which is the required test for getting the teaching assistant certification. Please visit the test preparation workshops schedule to RSVP. For more information please contact

Educating All Students (EAS)

The EAS exam preparation workshop focuses on the skills needed to effectively teach diverse populations. Please visit the test preparation workshops schedule to RSVP.

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Techniques to approach various multiple choice questions
  • Constructing an effective constructed written response
  • Test-taking strategies

Combined Early Childhood and Childhood Multi-Subject (CST)

The CST exam preparation workshop focuses on the strategies required to be successful in the multi subject specialty test for grades K- 6th. Please visit the test preparation workshops schedule to RSVP.

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

The Mathematics for Future Teachers Course certificate program is a free course  that focuses on how to efficiently teach Pre-K and elementary mathematics. Running consecutively on Saturdays, students learn the importance of becoming an effective problem solver, how to identify common math misconceptions, as well as how to prepare for the CST exam.  Embedded tutoring is also provided. To apply for this course, please contact your LTT Site Coordinator to complete an application.

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, activities for children, specially designed for teachers and educational students. Please contact your LTT coordinator to get more information or email