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How to Become a Teacher in New York: Teacher Certification

This is a guide to the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of New York. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For details about teaching salaries in New York, see here.

New York Initial Educator Certification

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or a master's 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 this alternative path.
  2. Read The Alternative Teacher Preparation Program (Transitional B).
  3. Learn more about the Teacher Preparation Pathways.

Sources:

  1. New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/
  2. Office of Teaching Initiatives, NYSED.gov, http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/home.html

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