Certification

Distance Learning (Online or Correspondence Programs and Courses)

New York State Colleges and Universities

  • Distance Learning Teacher Preparation Programs

    Information regarding colleges and universities within New York State that have an approved teacher preparation program can be found at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/ded/database.html .

  • Distance Learning Courses (Individual) or Coursework to meet Unmet Requirements

    If you plan on taking individual courses at an institution that is located in New York, go to Coursework Frequently Asked Questions to determine what courses would be acceptable.

Institutions located outside of New York

The Office of Teaching Initiatives does not endorse, pre-approve, or accredit programs or coursework completed at institutions located outside the State of New York.

  • Distance Learning Teacher Preparation Programs

    If you plan on completing a teacher preparation program in a state other than New York, the program must meet the following criteria:

    • The institution must be approved by a regional accrediting agency.  To determine if a college is accredited, go to the U.S. Department of Education’s Institutional Accreditation System Website at http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspxexternal link .

    • The program must be comparable to New York State requirements for that subject. Alternative teacher preparation programs are not considered “comparable” programs. To view the requirements for New York State certification, go to Search Certification Requirements.

    • The program must lead to teacher certification in the state in which the college is physically located.  Alternative teacher preparation programs that lead to certification in another state are not considered “comparable” programs and would not satisfy the requirements for a certificate through interstate reciprocity. 

      For more information, go to Applicants from Other States (Interstate Reciprocity).
  • Distance Learning Courses (Individual) or Coursework to meet Unmet Requirements

    If you plan on taking individual courses at an institution that is not located in New York, please go to Coursework Frequently Asked Questions to determine what courses would be acceptable.
Last Updated: September 19, 2011