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National Board Certification

Using a National Board Certificate

A teacher who holds a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) may obtain a New York State certificate in a comparable title through the National Board Pathway.

Some National Board certificate titles correspond to New York State certificate titles. If you possess a National Board certificate that does not correspond to a New York State certificate and you completed a teacher education program ion another state that led to certification in that state, you should apply using the Reciprocity Pathway. If you did not complete a teacher education program, for some titles, you may be eligible under the Individual Evaluation Pathway. To determine what certificate titles are accepted, please refer to NBPTS Certificate Titles and Comparable NYS Certificate Titles.

To view specific requirements for your certificate, click [an error occurred while processing this directive] .


How to Apply

  1. To apply online, click TEACH Online Services .

  2. During the application process, you will be asked a series of questions. Choose "No" for each question.

  3. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be presented with a list of "Pathways", select "Pathway: National Board Certification".

  4. Upon completion of your application, apply for fingerprinting using your TEACH account.
    • For information about the fingerprint process, go to Fingerprinting .

  5. Contact the registrar's office of each college/university you attended and ask that they submit official transcripts to this office.

  6. If applicable, mail a copy of your valid out-of-state certificate to:

    Office of Teaching Initiatives
    New York State Education Department
    89 Washington Ave, 5N EB
    Albany, New York 12234
Last Updated: October 2, 2018