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 public school 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, 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

Specific Information Regarding:

Applicants Who Possess a Special Education Certificate from Another State
New York State issues the following special education certificate titles:

  • Students with Disabilities (Birth – Grade 2)
  • Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
  • Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12 Generalist)

An applicant who holds a K-12 Special Education certificate in another state may be eligible for Students with Disabilities certificates at multiple grade levels if their program, or experience, satisfies the requirements for certification through reciprocity.

Speech and Language Disabilities
Although clinical programs (CAA or ASHA) may lead to teacher certification in another State, New York will only accept the completion of a teacher certification program that includes pedagogical coursework and a school-based practicum.  For applicants who apply through the “Endorsement of Certificate” path, experience will only be accepted if completed under a “comparable” teaching certificate from another single U.S. State or Territory.

Endorsements / Add-on Certificates

In many cases, endorsements / add-on certificates from other states do not satisfy the requirements for reciprocity in New York.  Eligibility for certification through reciprocity cannot be determined until this office has a chance to review your credentials.  To receive a review, you must apply for certification through TEACH online . How to Apply

Applicants from Other Countries
Please refer to:  Individual Evaluation of Non-U.S. Credentials

Leadership (Administration) Certification for Applicants from Other States


Pupil Personnel Certification for Applicants from Other States

(School Social Worker, School Psychologist, School Counselor, School Nursing, School Dental Hygiene, School Attendance)

Pupil Personnel Titles are not reviewed through reciprocity.  Please select the “Individual Evaluation” pathway when applying for certification.

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: December 1, 2015