Applying for a Certificate

How to Apply

STEP 1: Log In to your NY.gov TEACH account

  1. TEACH Login
  2. Go to TEACH Online Services
  3. Scroll to "Online Applications" and click on “Apply for Certificate.”

STEP 2: Verify / Update Profile

  1. Confirm your legal name including spelling, prefixes, and suffixes.
  2. Update your mailing address, email, and phone number(s).
  3. Confirm your U.S. Citizenship status (Y/N).
  4. Enter your education information. 

Step 3: Add the certificate to the application

From the Menu:
  • Select an Area of Interest
  • Select a Subject Area
  • Select a Grade Level
  • Select a Title
  • Select a Type of Certificate
  • Then click Add.
    • TEACH will ask you a series of questions to determine the pathway that best fits your credentials.  
    • Once a pathway is selected, you will be directed back to the "Add a Certificate" page. Scroll to the bottom of that page and click "Next".

Program Code: 

Program codes are only available for applicants who completed an approved educator preparation program at a college or university located within the State of New York.  The program must match the subject area and grade level of the certificate you are applying. 

If you have any questions regarding your program code, contact the certification office at the New York State college or university that you attended.


Step 4: Continue with the Application

  • Answer Moral Character Questions
  • Sign / Click Affidavit Button
  • Sign / Click Sign Application Button
  • View and Print Application Summary Page
  • Pay the Application Fee
Step 5: Check the Status of Your Application


Last Updated: December 11, 2019