Certification

Applicants from Other States - Program Completers (Conditional Initial Certificate)

Important

The Office of Teaching Initiatives can not determine eligibility for certification until an application has been submitted, and a review of your credentials has been completed.

New York State does not pre-approve teacher preparation programs completed in other U.S. States or Territories.

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A One-Time Conditional Initial certificate is available to individuals who completed a comparable educator preparation program at a college located in another U.S. State or Territory and possess a valid comparable educator certificate/license from another U.S. State or Territory in the subject in which they are applying. 

If you do not possess a valid educator certificate/license in another U.S. State or Territory, refer to the requirements for the Initial Certificate

If your Conditional Initial certificate has expired, refer to: Initial Certificate

Classroom Teachers

To receive a Conditional Initial (1-year) certificate, you must satisfy the requirements below:

  • Submit an application and fee for a certificate Conditional Initial (1-year) certificate
  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , certificate in another U.S. State or Territory in the subject of the application.  
  • Complete a comparable1  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
  • Educating All Students Exam (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST) in your subject area
  • Complete all required workshops
  • Fingerprint Clearance
how to apply   Certification Requirements

 

School Building Leaders
(Principal, Assistant Principal, and all other single building administrators)

To receive a two-year Conditional Initial certificate, you must satisfy the requirements below:

  • Submit an application and fee for a certificate two-year Conditional Initial certificate
  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , certificate in another U.S. State or Territory in the subject of the application.  
  • Complete a comparable.1 approved principal-level school administration program at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that:
    1. Would result in a recommendation for principal-level certification in the State the College is located.
    2. Includes at least 21 semester-hours of graduate level coursework in school leadership, plus a comparable administrative internship
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master's degree
  • At least three years of Classroom Teaching or Pupil Personnel Service experience.
  • Complete all required workshops
  • Fingerprint Clearance
how to apply   Certification Requirements

School District Leaders
(Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and all other District-wide administrators)

A Conditional Initial is not available for this title.  Please refer to the following page for more information: Initial Certificate

School District Business Leader

A Conditional Initial is not available for this title.  Please refer to the following page for more information: Initial Certificate

Pupil Personnel Titles
(Social Worker, Psychologist, Counselor, etc)

A Conditional Initial is not available for this title.  Please refer to the following page for more information: Initial Certificate

 


1. Program must be similar to a New York State-registered teacher preparation program completed at a New York State College/University. Comparability based on Official Compilation of Closed, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (8 CRR-NY 52.21External Web Site).
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. A list of acceptable-level certificates can be found at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/levelcert.html.
Last Updated: October 2, 2019