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:
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)
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.
Complete NYS Fingerprint Process
C. Completion of your approved teacher certification degree program
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 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
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)
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.