Certification

Career and Technical Education Certificate Types

Individuals can choose the Transitional A or the Initial certificate type when they first apply for a Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate in a specific subject area. The Transitional A certificate is valid for three years and allows individuals who need time to complete specific education coursework and student teaching/teaching experience requirementspdf for the Initial certificate to work in a classroom as a certified teacher. To be eligible for the Transitional A certificate, individuals must have a commitment from a New York State school, school district, or BOCES to employ and mentor them while they complete the Initial certificate requirements.

The Initial certificate is valid for five years, during which time individuals work on completing the requirements for the Professional certificate. The Professional certificate requirements include completing additional specific education coursework, three years of full-time teaching experiencepdf or its equivalent, and passing the Educating All Students (EAS) test external website link.

The following table compares the Transitional A, Initial, and Professional certificate features, including the requirements and validity period of the certificates. The baseline certificate requirements for each pathway/option are the same across all certificate types (e.g., Option A requires an associate’s degree or higher within the Transitional A, Initial, and Professional certificate types).

Certificate Features

Transitional A
Certificate

Initial
Certificate

Professional
Certificate

Diploma/Degree

Varies by
pathway/option

Varies by pathway/option

Varies by
pathway/option

Education coursework at the college level

None

9 semester hours

18 semester hours (SH), including the previous 9 SH from the Initial certificate

Employment commitment

Yes

No

No

Certification test

Option B only: Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (CQST) external website link

None

Educating All Students (EAS) test external website link

Work experience

Varies by
pathway/option

Varies by pathway/option

Varies by
pathway/option

Teaching experience

None

Student teaching or 40 days of paid teaching experience

Three years full-time or 540 full-time equivalent days

Validity

3 years

5 years

Continuously valid

 

Last Updated: November 23, 2018