Join the ELT Team

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ELT is a nonprofit professional development organization focused on delivering quality professional development designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning. We offer graduate and undergraduate courses, inservice programs, seminars and group facilitation.

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ELT courses and seminars focus on practical, research-based, teacher tested strategies and skills that provide teachers with a far greater repertoire to address students' needs and to guide and challenge them to pursue greater learning. Courses are designed to enhance teaching and learning and are approved by partnering two and four-year colleges and universities and many are accepted directly by the New York State Education Department towards certification. Instructor candidates are selected on the basis of the criteria listed below:

  • academic preparation
  • Recommendation Form
  • professional performance
  • commitment to excellence in teaching and learning
  • use of innovative practices
  • five year minimum teaching experience
  • 18 credits beyond Masters
  • support of the union and geographic regional needs
Should you be interested in becoming part of the ELT Team, the following documents must be completed and submitted to ELT:
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
Documents should be sent to After submitting, candidates will receive a confirmation email that items were received. If you do not receive a confirmation, please call us at 800-528-6208.

Due to the high volume of applications received annually, all applicants will be subject to a rigorous screening process, which includes, but is not limited to: approval by ELT staff, ELT Board of Trustees as well as our partnering colleges. A personal interview with an ELT representative is also required.

Potential new instructors will be notified as to the status of their candidacy in writing upon approval by our cooperating colleges. Selected Candidates will be required to attend an ELT New Instructor Training Program as well as course content training. Both trainings will be held at NYSUT HQ. Further details regarding instructor training will be provided to candidates upon approval.

Questions? Contact us at or 800-528-6208.

New Instructor Expectations

The following describes the quality characteristics required in the NYSUT Education & Learning Trust (ELT) instructor candidates:

  • Recognized and respected professional - we seek a professional who is a NYSUT member with a reputation as an outstanding highly effective teacher, a recognized leader, and someone who is respected by his/her peers.
  • Time and commitment - the individual candidate should be available to devote the amount of time necessary to attend training sessions, to plan presentations and to network in order to promote ELT programs.
  • Knowledge of the "system" - the instructor candidate needs to understand ELT's connection to the union structure, the school district structure and teacher centers. They should have the ability to work effectively within these structures. He/she needs to know whom to contact and how to work cooperatively with them. Successful instructors need to be able to present information ,not only to teachers in training, but also to school boards, administrative groups, teacher centers, Professional Development Teams and union executive boards to obtain their support.
  • Experience in planning and conducting training for adults – instructor candidates should possess prior experience acting as a resource for other teachers. Experience in organizing sessions, setting agendas and motivating others, in designing and conducting training that is appropriate for adult learners.
  • "Special Competencies" as an outstanding professional – instructor candidates should be innovators, initiators and risk-takers who go above and beyond the usual expectations of the teaching profession as an outstanding professional. These can be demonstrated through additional trainings and graduate work, outstanding skills in specific areas, experiences with adult training in seminars or courses, and awards/recognitions.

Instructors are independent contractors serving as NYSUT ELT representatives for the programs in their areas, and responsible for the promotion and establishment of course work. Instructors work under the direction of ELT leadership and staff, and cooperatively with their regional coordinator.

The time commitment required to successfully teach a course varies. However, the planning, actual instruction of the course, preparation time and administrative requirements add up to an average of approximately 75 hours. Instructors receive an honorarium comparable to that received by adjunct faculty at colleges in New York State.


Your resume should include the following:
  • Subject area certification
  • Highest degree earned
  • Hours beyond a Master's Degree (18 hours beyond are required by some of our college partners)
  • Presentation experience
  • Examples of leadership
  • Community involvement
  • Awards, recognition
  • Professional teaching experience (suburban, urban, etc.)
  • Union activities
  • References

Personal Statement

ELT requires a one page personal statement highlighting five character traits that describe you as a person.


Please send official college transcripts, including 18 hours beyond Masters, to NYSUT ELT, 800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110

Recommendation Form

Should you be interested in becoming part of the ELT Team, the following documents must be completed and submitted to ELT. Applicants are submitted to our college partners for approval each semester with the exception of summer.