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
- 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.
- Perform some student teaching. This type of internship will be required before you're able to get into a classroom.
- 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
- Clear the fingerprint and background check.
- 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
- 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.
- Make sure you have a college education — a degree is still required for this alternative path.
- Read The Alternative Teacher Preparation Program (Transitional B).
- Learn more about the Teacher Preparation Pathways.
- New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/
- Office of Teaching Initiatives, NYSED.gov, http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/home.html