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So you want to earn your New York Teacher Certification? We've created a guide to help you navigate getting certified to teach.

New York Initial Educator Certification

  1. Gain a bachelors degree or a masters degree. Any subject is acceptable - an education concentration may help later on in the process, but is not a requirement.
  2. Perform some student teaching. This type of internship will be required before you're able to get into a classroom.
  3. Passing the New York State Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills- Written (ATS-W), and the appropriate Content Specialty Test(s) (CST)…Read more
  4. Clear the fingerprint and background check
  5. Submit the following:
    • Apply Online
    • $50 check/money order payable to New York State Education
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Copies of test scores
    • Mail to:
      New York State Education Department
      Office of Teaching Initiatives
      P.O. Box 22064
      Albany, NY 12201
      For more information, call (518) 474-3901
  6. Do you want to renew your teaching credentials in New York?

Alternative NY Teacher Certification

There is an alternative path to get your New York Teacher Certification.

  1. Make sure you have a college education - a degree is still required for the alternative path.
  2. Read The Alternative Teacher Preparation Program (Transitional B)
  3. Learn more about the Teacher Preparation Pathways

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
  • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Part of the Colorado State University System.
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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
  • A private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1905 and open to students of any faith.
  • Has an average class size of 20 students.
  • 97% of students receive financial aid, with the average freshman receiving $10,000.
  • Offers over 25 undergraduate degree programs.
  • Has approximately 5,000 students; 60% female and 40% male.
  • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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B.S. in Child Studies
Good for Working Adults
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
  • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
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