Applying for a Certificate

  1. Who Needs to be Certified?
  2. What are the Types of Certificates?
  3. What are the Requirements to become Certified?
  4. Must I wait until I have completed all requirements for a certificate before applying for an individual evaluation?
  5. Is there more than one way to become certified?
  6. I am changing careers. Is there an easier way for me to get certified?
  7. I am a New York City teacher. How do I get my PPT or CPT?
  8. Can I apply for a certificate through a local BOCES?
  9. I completed my education in another country. How do I apply for a certificate?
  10. I hold a certificate from a another state. Do I still have to apply for a New York State teacher certificate?
  11. How do I pay for the application I submitted online?
  1. Who Needs to be Certified?
    Classroom teachers, administrative and supervisory personnel, and pupil personnel service professionals are required to hold a Certificate issued by New York State in order to be employed in the State's public schools. Certificates are issued in a wide variety of titles in each of these three major categories.  Teaching Assistants must be certified.  In addition, New York State also requires that coaches, visiting lecturers and teachers of adult, community and continuing education obtain a special license. top

  2. What are the Types of Certificates?

    The type of certificate issued to you depends upon your educational background and experience. Examples include Initial certificate, Professional certificate, and Teaching Assistant Level III certificate. For a complete list, go to Types of Certificates and Licensestop

  3. What are the Requirements to become Certified?

    The requirements for certification fall into the following general categories:

    • Academic preparation - degree/coursework, student teaching 
    • Assessment - selected tests in the New York State Teacher Certification Examination program series 
    • Experience - teaching/other work experience 
    • Additional requirements - Child Abuse Identification workshop, School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) workshop, moral character requirement, and fingerprinting. 
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  4. Must I wait until I have completed all requirements for a certificate before applying for an individual evaluation?

    No. As long as you hold the minimum degree (usually a bachelor's degree, with a minimum 2.5 GPA) required for a certificate, you may submit an application at any time. Indeed, in order to receive a written evaluation of your status for a certificate you must file such an application and submit official transcripts. top

  5. Is there more than one way to become certified?

    There are a number of pathways to obtaining your New York certification:

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  6. I am changing careers. Is there an easier way for me to get certified?

    You may be interested in an alternative teacher certification program specifically designed for career changers. While you must meet all coursework and other requirements, these programs offer a time-shortened, intensive preparation program operated cooperatively by a college and school district.  Alternative programs also allow you to be employed as a teacher while in the program.  top

  7. I am a New York City teacher. How do I get my PPT or CPT?

    New York State Education Department does not issue the PPT or CPT. These licenses are issued by the New York City Department of Education (New York City Board of Education) for employment in the City school system.  top

  8. Can I apply for a certificate through a local BOCES?

    Regional Certification Offices are located at various BOCES around the state.  You may submit an application through a Regional Certification Office in your local area, and receive expedited processing of your application.  top

  9. I completed my education in another country. How do I apply for a certificate?

    For information on how to apply for New York State certification using Non U.S. (foreign) credentials go to Individual Evaluation of Non-U.S. Credentials .

    Please note that the Office of Teaching Initiatives can evaluate foreign credentials only for persons seeking State certification. Requests for evaluation of coursework for salary or other purposes should be addressed to the agency or institution most directly involved. top

  10. I hold a certificate from another state. Do I still have to apply for a New York State teacher certificate?

    Yes, you must hold a New York State certificate to teach in the State's public schools. Reciprocity under the Interstate Agreement of Qualification of Educational Personnel is limited to coursework requirements only. Also, it applies only to the first-level regular certificate a member state issues. You must complete any examination requirements a member state may have.   top

  11. How do I pay for the application I submitted online?
    Click on TEACH Online Services to pay online with your credit card or to print out a mail-in payment coupon. top
Last Updated: October 12, 2011