First-Time Registration

Educators who are issued one or more certificates subject to registration on or after July 1, 2016 are automatically registered in the TEACH system. Educators who hold one or more certificates subject to registration, and the certificates were issued prior to July 1, 2016, were required to register during the 2016-2017 school year.

If educators who were required to register for the first time during the 2016-2017 school year have not registered yet, they should register as soon as possible. Educators who are subject to registration must have "Registered - Active" status in order to practice in ann applicable school.

While the Commissioner’s regulations allow for a late registration fee of $10 per month, the Department will not be enforcing the late fee at this time during the implementation of the re-registration process. Educators who willfully do not register, or do not provide notice that they are not practicing in an applicable school (i.e., change to “Inactive” status in TEACH), may be subject to moral character review under Part 83 of the Commissioner’s regulations.

Educators who are subject to registration, but are not registered or have not completed registration, would have either the “Not Registered” or “Registration Incomplete” registration status, respectively. They can view their registration status by clicking on “View or Change Registration Status” on their TEACH home screen or clicking on “Account Information” on their TEACH home screen and checking the “Registration Information” section.

Directions

To register for the first time:

  1. Log in to your TEACH account.
  2. On your TEACH home screen, either:
    • Click on “View or Change Registration Status” under the “Inquiry Links” heading. You will see your “Registration Status” screen. Click “here” in the phrase, “To change your registration status click here.”
    • OR
    • Click on “Account Information” under the “Inquiry Links” heading. Under “Registration Information”, click “here” in the phrase, “To change your registration status click here.”
  3. You will see a screen with information about registration and CTLE.
  4. Answer the moral character and other questions.
  5. Select one of the following options:
  6. Select Active or Inactive Status
  7. You will see a screen confirming your new registration status. You can verify your new registration status by clicking on “View or Change Registration Status” or “Account Information” under the “Inquiry Links” heading on your TEACH home screen.
  8. Individuals Certified Prior to 1983
    Please note, if certified prior to 1983, certification information may have not been entered into the TEACH system. If you are unable to find your information in our Certificate Holder Lookup Page, it may need to be researched and entered into the system manually by OTI. Please see the instructions below of how to request your certification information be researched and entered into the TEACH system:

    • Individuals granted certification prior to 1983 should visit our Certificate Holder Lookup Page here to verify that their certification information is available in the TEACH system.
    • If you are unable to locate your name in the TEACH system initially, you may use different methods to widen you search, such as a first, last,  maiden name or partial name:
      • Example: partial name using a “%” symbol after such as “Kim%” or “McMill%
    • If your information does not appear when attempting to verify your certification information, that means it was not yet entered into the TEACH online system.
    • If you do not already have a Teach account, you will need to self-register by creating a username and password. You may begin this process here and click “Create a NY.gov TEACH Account.”
    • To have your information researched and entered into the TEACH system, you will need to request a Record Search by completing the Record Search Request Form.  
    • A Record Search request will also require a certificate holder to submit copies of any certificates you currently hold and, a list of any other certificates you believe you may have had.

    Record Search Request Form

Last Updated: November 17, 2021