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Teacher Certification

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. Online application instructions may be downloaded or are available from your department's certification liaison. 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 program completers will need two CSTs)

Find specific exam requirements for your program.

Register and download study guides

B.  Fingerprint clearance (required both for student teaching in NYC public schools and NYS certification)

Attend an on campus NYCDOE Fingerprint session or

Once you have registered as a student teacher with NYC Public Schools you may go to the NYCDOE at 65 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 for processing. You will be emailed instructions and steps prior to student teaching.

C.  Completion of our approved teacher certification degree program

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

Professional Certificate

Valid for five years.  You will again apply online and may request NYU to recommend you if you are completing your MA with NYU.  Online application instructions may be downloaded or are available from your department's certification liaison.  You must first:

A.  Complete master's degree.

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 at question number three on the Teacher Certification Frequently Asked Questions.


For all questions and concerns related to NYU Steinhardt certification programs not addressed in these pages, please contact:

Mark J. Perez 
Certification Officer
NYU Steinhardt
82 Washington Square East, Room 229 
New York, New York 10003 
(212) 998-5033 
(212) 995-4353 fax