Certification

Applicants from Other States (Interstate Reciprocity)

To receive an Initial certificate through reciprocity, an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

College Teacher Education Program (outside New York)

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program, in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA in a Bachelor’s or higher degree
  • Satisfactory passing score on all required exams for Initial certificate sought
  • Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:


Endorsement of Certificate:

  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , U.S. State or Territory certificate in the subject of the application
  • Have three years of certified teaching experience in that subject, within five years of the application date 
    • Note:  Experience must be completed in one U.S. State or Territory
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA in a Bachelor’s or higher degree
  • Satisfactory passing score on all required exams for Initial certificate sought
  • Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:

We cannot comment on an applicant’s eligibility for certification through reciprocity until we have reviewed their credentials.  To receive a review, an application and fee must be on file, and the following documents must be submitted by mail:

  • Official transcripts from every college attended
  • Photocopies of every certificate you have received in a U.S. State or Territory (including those that have expired).

 

Conditional Initial certificate

If it is determined that an applicant satisfies one of the requirements above, they may be eligible for a one-year Conditional Initial certificate.

To receive the Conditional Initial certificate, the applicant must apply for the Initial certificate.   Once the Initial certificate application has been manually evaluated, the Conditional Initial certificate will appear on the applicants TEACH account.   

To receive the Conditional Initial certificate, the applicant must satisfy the requirements below:

  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , U.S. State or Territory certificate in the subject of the application.  
  • Fingerprint Clearance
  • Pass the EAS, ALST, and CST exams required for the Initial certificate
  • Complete all required workshops

 

The Conditional Initial certificate is valid for one year, during which time the applicant must complete the New York State edTPA assessment for Initial certification.

Upon completion of the edTPA assessment, an Initial certificate will issue with the same effective date as the Conditional Initial certificate and be valid for five years from the date of the Conditional Initial. 

  • Conditional Initial certificates are not eligible for time-extensions.
  • The Conditional Initial certificate does not apply to Professional certificate applications.

If an applicant does not meet the requirements for the Initial certificate prior to the expiration of the Conditional Initial certificate (did not pass the edTPA), the Initial certificate application will be “disapproved”.  The applicant will only be eligible for certification in the same subject by completing one of the following:

  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for the Professional certificate through the Individual Evaluation pathway (if available)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “College Teacher Education Program (outside New York)” pathway
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “Endorsement of Certificate” pathway

List of acceptable out-of-state certificates

How to Apply

  1. To apply online, click TEACH Online Services .

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

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

  4. 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

1. Program must be similar to a New York State approved teacher preparation program completed at a New York State College/University.
2. Certificate must be active in the state of issuance.
3. A “regular” certificate, in an equivalent subject area and similar grade-level, that has no limits/restriction.
Last Updated: October 2, 2014