The BETA Role

What do BETAs do?

What makes a BETA role unique?


Our unique instructional program is rooted in the power of individual relationships made possible by reduced student-to-teacher ratios. BETAs work with students in small groups within the classroom, creating safe spaces for students to more fully engage with rigorous content.


Teams power our work at every level. BETAs work alongside three other BETAs and an experienced lead teacher to increase academic rigor and accelerate achievement. The collaboration among these diverse teams leads to greater outcomes for students, and furthers the development of BETAs as apprentice teachers.


BETAs commit to a one-year term of AmeriCorps service. At the end of the year, BETAs may choose to participate for a second year with increased responsibilities and an increased stipend. In this second year, BETAs have the option to enroll in our partner teacher residency program to become fully certified teachers the following year.

Why do people choose to become BETAs?


Some people join Blue Engine to serve for a single year before entering graduate studies or starting their career in aligned social profit work.

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Some people join Blue Engine to explore whether a career in urban education might be right for them.

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Some people join Blue Engine as graduates of NYC Schools and connect with students just like them.

Watch Joanna's Video


Some people join Blue Engine to prepare for a career in teaching, leveraging our teacher residency program.

Watch Damian's Video

How do I become a BETA?

To take the first step in becoming a BETA, access our online portal below to start your application and learn more about the interview process. Our 2019 – 20 cohort is close to being filled so we will review applications and interview qualified candidates as needed moving forward. If you would like to be notified of when we open up our 2020-21 BETA Cohort application, please complete this short survey.

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