Requirements Teaching Assistant - Pre-Professional Certification

  • If you have never held a New York State Teaching Assistant Certificate, you must apply, and meet the requirements for a Level I Teaching Assistant certificate.

  • If you have at least one year of teaching experience in New York as a classroom teacher under a NYS classroom teaching certificate, you may proceed to Level III Teaching Assistant.

In addition to the requirements for the Level I, you must complete the following:

  • A letter must be submitted on your behalf, by the Registrar, head of the Education Department, or the Certification Officer of a NYS college/university. This letter can be mailed, or scanned into PDF format and emailed to tcert@nysed.gov. The letter must verify:
    • The applicant’s full name – as it appears in TEACH, and either their date of birth or the last four digits of their SSN.
    • The applicant’s current enrollment in an approved teacher preparation program at their institution.
    • The name of the degree program and the teacher certification to which it leads (e.g., - Childhood Education – Grades 1-6 – Initial certificate).
  • College Coursework - 18 semester hours
  • Verified Experience as a Teaching Assistant - 1 Year

If you complete/withdraw from your program, and want to continue working as a teaching assistant, you must apply and complete the requirements for Level III certification

How to Apply How to Submit Documents


Last Updated: January 12, 2021
January 12, 2021