Certification

Classroom Teacher Professional Certificate Experience Requirement

For the Professional certificate in the classroom teaching service, individuals must complete at least three school years of teaching experience or its equivalent (540 full-time days). A maximum of 180 days will be accepted per school year (July 1 through June 30). Therefore, in order to satisfy this requirement, teaching experience must span at least three different school years.

Initial Certificate Issued Date

For individuals who were issued their first Initial teaching certificate on or after February 2, 2014, their teaching experience must be in the subject area of the certificate held to be acceptable for the Professional certificate. The issue date of the Initial certificate can be found in the Certificates section on the Account Information page in your TEACH account. The Issued/Effective Date is the date on which the certificate was issued and became valid (active).

For individuals who were issued their first Initial teaching certificate before February 2, 2014, their teaching experience does not need to be in the subject area of the certificate held to be acceptable for the Professional certificate.

Multiple Initial Certificates

Individuals who hold more than one Initial certificate may combine teaching experience gained under each of their certificates to satisfy the experience requirement for the Professional certificate.

  • For example, if an individual who holds/held a Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) certificate that was valid while teaching 4th grade for one year and holds/held a Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) certificate that was valid while teaching this population in this the grade level for two years could combine the three years of experiences and apply for the Professional certificate in either area as his/her first Professional certificate.

However, individuals who taught three or more years in one subject area must apply for the Professional certificate in that subject area as their first Professional Certificate.

Once an individual has been issued a Professional certificate, the experience requirement will be satisfied for any future Professional classroom teaching certificate applications.

Acceptable Teaching Experience

Experience for the Professional certificate may be gained in the following settings.

  • Public schoolsexternal link, BOCES, or approved Early Intervention providers in New York State while holding a valid and appropriate certificate.

  • Non-public or charter schools in New York Stateexternal link

  • Public, charter, or nonpublic schools in another U.S. state or U.S. territory, where the school is recognized by the public-school district or other governmental entity in which it is located.

  • Schools located outside the United States, where the school is recognized by the public-school district or other governmental entity in which it is located.

  • Registered, non-public nursery schools or kindergartensexternal link

  • Universal Pre-K (UPK) or Head Start

  • Licensed day care centerexternal link

  • Substitute teaching experience in New York State, both day-to-day (per diem) and long term, is acceptable if it is completed according to State regulations. Make sure to keep track of the days that you teach each subject.

  • Itinerant teaching experience in New York State, such as experience gained as Special Education Itinerant Teachers (SEIT) or Speech and Language Disabilities teachers who are required to hold the respective certificates.

  • Homebound teachingexternal link

  • Tutor during the regular school day working with students in a home, hospital or school setting, teaching content as required by NYS Learning Standards where a certificate is required by the New York State Commissioner’s Regulations. The tutor must be an employee of a NYS public school district and considered the “teacher of record”.

  • Hospital with an approved K-12 educational program.

  • Department of Corrections, Division for Youth, or Office for People with Developmental Disabilities with an approved K-12 educational program.

  • Adult education teaching while holding an adult education certificate or NYS classroom teaching certificate and teaching curriculum that counts towards a high school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE).

  • Teaching experience while holding a valid Transitional B, C or Internship certificate is acceptable, as long as the certificate holder is enrolled in the program and employed under the certificate. Experience completed under any of these certificates must be in the subject of the certificate to be acceptable.

  • Alternative educationexternal link teaching to the NYS Learning Standards to students who remain on the day school record.

  • Teaching experience while holding a valid Transitional B, C or Internship certificate is acceptable, as long as the certificate holder is enrolled in the program and employed under the certificate.

  • Teaching experience while holding a valid Transitional G certificate in a public, non-charter school.

  • Peace Corps service if the teacher submits an abstract of services provided by the Peace Corps.

Examples of Unacceptable Teaching Experiences

  • Teaching assistant experience

  • Teaching a subject area different than the subject area of the certificate title held.

  • Tutoring in an after-school program.

  • Private tutoring

  • Home schoolingexternal link

  • Teaching at the college level, or teaching college students high school-level courses.

  • Teaching high school students at the college level as an individual employed by the college.

  • Student teaching experience

  • Volunteer teaching experience

  • Coaching

  • Employment by museums, nature centers, zoos, camps, etc. as personnel (guides, instructors, counselors, scientists.

  • Employment by a company (where the educator is not an employee of the school).

  • Independent contractor experience
Last Updated: July 20, 2020