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NYU Certification Flowchart
New York State Certification
NYU Steinhardt will recommend you for certification to the New York State (NYS) Education Department upon request and program completion/graduation. You will first apply online. Instructions can be found on the NY State Certification Application Instructions page.
School Counseling students, please see NYS School Counseling Certification From Start to Finish and School Counseling Certification Flowchart
You will be recommended for an:
Valid for five years. The NYS Education Department requires:
A. Passing scores on the required New York State Teacher Certification Exams:
- Educating All Students Test
- Content Specialty Test(s) (dual certification program completers will need two, three or four CSTs)
Find specific exam requirements for your program, registration and preparation information.
When registering for exams, the NYCDOE Program selection question is not applicable. Click Next without making a selection.
B. Fingerprint clearance (required both for student teaching in NYC public schools and NYS certification)
If student teaching in NYC Public Schools you will be fingerprinted at an IdentoGo location following NYCDOE process. You will receive instructions prior to student teaching.
Later, if your fingerprint information does not appear in your NYSED TEACH account, complete the OSPRA 104 Form, do not check a box in Section 2 if none apply, and email the form to HRCServiceCenter@schools.nyc.gov
Complete NYS Fingerprint Process
C. Completion of your approved teacher certification degree program
D. For graduate students only - completion of any coursework deficiencies identified upon admittance
E. Your application and fee to the NYSED and NYU Recommendation
The next level of certification in NYS is a Professional Certificate.
Valid for five years. You will again apply online to the NYSED. NYU will have recommended you for Professional if you are completing your MA with NYU in the same areas that led to Initial Certification. Please see application instructions
A. Complete master's degree. Undergraduates please see options at NYSED Master's Degree Requirement for Professional Certification and NYSED FAQ
B. Complete three years of teaching experience including one year of mentored teaching experience (you will be assigned a mentor in your school).
Maintain validity of Professional Certificate(s) by completing 100 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) every five years.
New York City Public Schools Employment
Apply at TEACH NYC click on Apply Today (top right) or Apply Now (bottom) in orange.
Please see details and Letter of Expected Completion in NYU Teacher Certification FAQ 3
Please also review the NYCDOE Application Process and FAQ
New York State Public Schools Employment Outside NYC
Visit the On-line Application System for Educators serving school districts in several regions of New York State. Many school districts now use this system as their primary source for filling jobs. Districts can view applicant information, resumes, and cover letters. Candidates are able to apply to specific positions using one application and/or have an option of granting all districts access to their application.
Out of State Certification
Many states have signed an interstate agreement on reciprocity but it does not necessarily waive exam or fingerprinting requirements. Nor is it a simple exchange of one certificate for another. Some states, like California, require that you hold the NYS Certificate to apply for certification in their state. Please see details in FAQ 15
Requirements for all states can be found easily online by searching for “state name + teacher certification” or at U.S Department of Education
New York State Certification Timeline
___ Enrolled in Teacher Certification Program
___ Fingerprinted by NYCDOE or via NYSED/IdentoGo process prior to student teaching
___ Register for and pass required NYS Teacher Certification Exams (during program)
___ Apply online for NYS Certification on NYSED TEACH system (at any point during program or closer to graduation)
Check if fingerprints have been transferred from NYCDOE, if not file OSPRA 104
___ Apply on NYCDOE website if planning to work for NYC public schools (prior to graduation)
___ Submit Request for Recommendation Form to advisor (near graduation)
NYU recommends you for NYS Initial Certification
Initial Certificate(s) issue online in NYSED TEACH system only, valid for 5 years
___ Complete master’s degree
___ Teach for 3 years full time paid in an accredited school
___ If employed in a NYS public school, mentored first year, school notifies NYSED
___ Apply online for NYS Professional Certification
Professional Certificate(s) issue, paper copies mailed
___ Maintain validity of Professional Certificate(s) by completing 100 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) every five years.