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Teacher Certification

*NYSED Certification Guidance for NYS Registered Educator Preparation Programs Impacted by COVID-19

 

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. You will be recommended for an:

Initial Certificate*

Valid for five years.  The NYS Education Department requires: 

A.  Passing scores on the required New York State Teacher Certification Exams:

  • edTPA - Teacher Performance Assessment* 
  • Educating All Students Test 
  • Content Specialty Test(s) (dual certification program completers will need two or three CSTs)

Find specific exam requirements for your program, registration and preparation information.


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 the NYCDOE at 65 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. You will receive instructions prior to student teaching.

OR

Complete NYS Fingerprint Process
 

C.  Completion of your approved teacher certification degree program
 

D. Your application and fee to the NYSED and NYU Recommendation

The next level of certification in NYS is a Professional Certificate.

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 in FAQ 17

B. Complete three years of teaching experience including one year of mentored teaching experience (you will be assigned a mentor in your school).

The Professional Certificate must be renewed every five years by completing 100 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE).

 

New York City Public Schools Employment

NYC Public Schools require that prospective employees apply online.

Please see details in FAQ 3

 

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 prior to student teaching

___  Register for and pass required NYS Teacher Certification Exams (while in program)

___  Apply online for NYS Certification on NYSED TEACH system (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)

___  Graduate

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.