Undergraduate and graduate programs at Syracuse University that include certification will lead to New York State Certification – either Initial Teaching Certification, Professional Teaching Certification, or Permanent Certification.


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New York State Teacher Certification

Initial Certification is the first certification one receives, and is effective for 5 years from the issuance date. Requirements:

  • 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.

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. Requirements:

  • Must be earned before initial certificate expires
  • Completion of an eligible master’s degree:
    • 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.
  • Three years full-time teaching employment.
  • Mentorship experience.

Required New York State Teacher Certification Exams

Visit the Office of Teaching Initiatives to see which exams you are required to take, which will generally include the edTPA, the Educating All Students test (EAS), and a Content Specialty Test (CST) or School Building Leader assessment (SBL). The NYS Teacher Certification Examinations website has information on test framework, prep and study materials, and registration.

Applying 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.

Out-of-State Teacher Certification

Each state has specific teacher certification requirements for people applying for certification that already hold certification in New York State. Students seeking out-of-state teacher certification are encouraged to research the state’s requirements and contact Career Services for additional assistance throughout the process, and completion of any required forms.

Certifications by Program

Undergraduate Programs

  • Art Education: Visual Art (All Grades)
  • English Education: English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)
  • Health and Physical Education: Health Education (All Grades) and Physical Education (All Grades)
  • Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education: Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Inclusive Elementary and Special Education: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
  • Mathematics Education: Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
  • Music Education: Music (All Grades)
  • Physical Education: Physical Education (All Grades)
  • Science Education/Biology: Biology (Grades 7-12)
  • Science Education/Chemistry: Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
  • Science Education/Earth Science: Earth Science (Grades 7-12)
  • Science Education/Physics: Physics (Grades 7-12)
  • Social Studies Education: Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
  • Spanish Education: Spanish (Grades 7-12)

Graduate Programs

  • Art Education Preparation M.S.: Visual Arts (All Grades)
  • Art Education Professional Certification M.S.: Visual Arts (All Grades)
  • Early Childhood Special Education M.S.: Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Educational Leadership C.A.S.: School Building Leader and School District Leader
  • English Education Preparation M.S.: English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)
  • Inclusive Special Education Preparation (Grades 1-6) M.S.: Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
  • Inclusive Special Education Preparation (Grades 7-12 Generalist) M.S.: Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12)
  • Inclusive Special Education: Severe/Multiple Disabilities M.S.: Severe & Multiple Disabilities Annotation (on existing certification)
  • Library & Info Science: School Media M.S. (School of Information Sciences): Library Media Specialist (All Grades)
  • Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 12) M.S.: Literacy (Birth-Grade 6) and Literacy (Grades 5-12)
  • Mathematics Education Preparation (Grades 7-12) M.S.: Mathematics Grades (7-12)
  • Music Education Preparation M.S.: Music (All Grades)
  • Music Education Professional Certification M.S./M.Mus.: Music (All Grades)
  • Science/Biology Preparation (Grades 7-12) M.S.: Biology (Grades 7-12)
  • Science/Chemistry Preparation (Grades 7-12) M.S.: Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
  • Science/Earth Science Preparation (Grades 7-12) M.S.: Earth Science (Grades 7-12)
  • Science/Physics Preparation (Grades 7-12) M.S.: Physics (Grades 7-12)
  • School Counseling M.S.: School Counselor K-12 (Provisional)
  • School Counseling C.A.S.: School Counselor K-12 (Permanent)
  • Social Studies Preparation (Grades 7-12) M.S.: Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (College of Arts and Sciences) M.S.: Speech & Language Disabilities (All Grades)
  • Teaching English Language Learners M.S.: English to Speakers of Other Languages (All Grades)