Applicants from Other States

Professional Certificate

In addition to a Masters Degree, specific Graduate-Level coursework, and three years of head classroom teaching experience in the subject of the application, the applicant must also satisfy one of the pathway requirements for the Initial certificate.

Applicants who apply for a Professional certificate will not be eligible for a Conditional Initial certificate.

Initial Certificate

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

Pathway: Completion of a College Teacher Education Program in another U.S. State

  • 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

Pathway: Endorsement of Classroom Teaching Certificate:

  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , U.S. State or Territory certificate in the subject of the application. View our List of Acceptable Types of Certificates
  • 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

To receive a review, an application and fee must be on file, and the following documents must be submitted by mail:

  • College Transcripts
  • Photocopies of every certificate you have received in a U.S. State or Territory (including those that have expired).

We cannot comment on an applicant’s eligibility for certification through reciprocity until we have reviewed their credentials. 

Conditional Initial certificate

To receive a One-year Conditional Initial certificate, the applicant must satisfy the requirements below:

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. 

Failure to complete the requirements for the Initial certificate prior to expiration of the Conditional Initial will result in the "disapproval" of the Initial certificate. At that time, the applicant will only be eligible for certification in that 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 in 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.

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. Official Transcripts: 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 copies of your out-of-state certificates (valid and expired)

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: June 22, 2016