The Coordinator of Career Services and Certification can assist students throughout the certification process and answer any certification questions.
Requirements for New York State Initial Certification - Initial certification is the first certification one receives, and is effective for 5 years from the issuance date.
Complete School of Education undergraduate or graduate teacher preparation program.
Pass New York State teacher exams.
Complete fingerprinting process prior to graduation.
Apply for certification before graduation and no later than two years after graduation to be eligible for School of Education’s recommendation through the TEACH Online Services.
Submit an authorization recommendation form to the Coordinator of Career Services and Certification to receive an institutional recommendation.
New York State Professional Certification - Professional certification is permanent certification. Professional certificate holders must register with the department of education every five years to maintain certification and teach in New York State. Further detail can be found here: Registration Memorandum.
Must be earned before initial certificate expires
Completion of a master’s degree*
Three years full-time teaching employment.
*Master's degree for professional certification must meet one of the following:
Master’s degree leading to professional certification in area of initial certification.
Master’s degree in a new certification area.
Master’s degree in an unrelated area of study with at least 12 graduate semester hours of content related to the initial certificate. Semester hours can be part of the Master’s or in addition to it.
Required New York State Teacher Certification Exams
For test framework, test prep, testing information, and registration visit NYSTCE. Visit the certification requirements page to see which exams you are required to take.
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Content Specialty Tests (CST)
Initial School Building Leader:
School Building Leader Assessment (SBL)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Safety Net Information
There are a series of Safety Nets in place in the event that someone fails a New York State certification exam. For additional assistance with navigating the safety net process, contact the Coordinator of Career Services and Certification.
What is an Institutional Recommendation for Certification?
An institutional recommendation is required for students that apply for New York State certification. The School of Education can upload an institutional recommendation for candidates once they submit a recommendation authorization form to the coordinator of career services and certification and their degree is cleared by the Registrar's office. Speak with your academic advisor to ensure your degree will be cleared on time.
Directions to Apply for Certification (Includes program codes)
Recommendation Authorization Form (To be submitted after one applies for certification)
Out-of-State Teacher Certification
The School of Education Career Services Office has created a document to help students navigate the reciprocity guidelines for other states: Out-of-State Teacher Certification Guidance.
Each state has specific teacher certification requirements. Students seeking out-of-state teacher certification are encouraged to research the state's requirements and contact Brenda Hoefler at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance throughout the process. Any out-of-state college program verification forms must also be sent to Brenda Hoefler.
* Program offered through School of Information Studies
** Program offered through College of Arts & Sciences