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Certification from Start to Finish Slideshow
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
Please keep in mind that the NYSED issues your NYS Certification and the NYCDOE is your employer if you work for NYC Public Schools.
You will create two or three accounts as part of the process:
Teach NYC - if you plan to work for NYC Public Schools
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)
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.
To transfer clearance from NYCDOE to NYSED, complete an OSPRA 104 Form, do not check a box in Section 2 if none apply, and submit to the NYCDOE following instructions on form.
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
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
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.
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 IdentoGo for NYCDOE or NYSED 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)
___ If fingerprinted for NYCDOE, submit OSPRA 104 to transfer clearance from NYCDOE to NYSED
___ Apply on NYCDOE website if planning to work for NYC public schools (prior to graduation)
___ Submit Request for Recommendation Form to appropriate Box folder (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 (first of three years above), school district verifies to 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.