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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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  • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
  • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
  • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
  • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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Give your career a boost with an education from Southern New Hampshire University. We offer certificates, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in over 100 programs in a wide variety of subjects.
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  • 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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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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