Important Information for International Students
Fingerprinting by the NYCDOE (NYC Public Schools) for student teaching
3. Bring in the following items – currently valid, not expired – to your fingerprint appointment:
- Student Visa
- Proof of enrollment in our education program (which your student teaching coordinator will provide you)
- NYU ID card
- Payment of $115 for the fingerprints (Money Orders, Personal Checks or Credit Card: Visa or MasterCard)
4. Post fingerprinting bring your receipt of payment to: The Office of Clinical Studies, 239 Green Street (East Building), 3rd Floor
Registering for the NYS Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE)
If you do not have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) enter all 9s when prompted to enter your SSN. Once you have an SSN you will need to fax the NYSTCE a copy of your SSN card and passport with a cover letter including your assigned NYSTCE ID number requesting that they change your temporary SSN replacement with your actual SSN. NYSTCE fax number is 413-256-7088. You should follow up a few days after to ensure they have received your fax by calling 413-256-2882.
Registering for the edTPA
Applying for OPT and NYS Certification
If you do not have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) you should wait until you have one before creating an account on the NYSED TEACH system. If you apply for OPT - Optional Practical Training (see NYU Office of Global Services link here) the process will generate an SSN which you will use to create your TEACH account and apply for certification. You should apply for OPT as soon as you can but the earliest you can apply is 90 days prior to your completion date. Steinhardt will recommend you for certification using your SSN.
Fingerprinting Once You Have a Social Security Number
Once you have a Social Security Number, generated by either an on campus job or OPT (see above), you may complete the fingerprinting process through the NYCDOE as you would have for student teaching (see steps from Office of Clinical Studies) if you have not yet been fingerprinted. If you have already been fingerpirnted but without a SSN you must inform the NYCDOE so that they may connect your new SSN to your previously taken fingerprints.
NYCDOE (NYC Public Schools) Employment with OPT Once Your NYS Certificate Has Issued
According to the most recent information available from the NYCDOE, International Students cannot apply for employment with New York City public schools on teachnyc.net until they have a Social Security Number. International Students may qualify for employment in New York City public schools once they hold NYS certification (the NYCDOE often stipulates in designated shortage-area subjects that vary from year to year) and hold an OPT visa. You will be ineligible to apply to work for the NYCDOE unless you hold OPT, have a SSN and have applied on NYSED TEACH and your NYS certificate(s) has issued. Candidates fitting the above criteria may apply online to the NYC Department of Education. Once application is received and reviewed, further instructions will follow. The NYCDOE welcomes all applications but please be advised that candidates who do not fit the above criteria are not eligible for consideration. This policy is subject to change at any time.