New York: Teacher Credentialing in New York

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One thing that is important to remember is that major changes in the certification process were implemented in the state of New York beginning on February 2, 2004. For those who have not yet been certified, it is essential you follow current guidelines and not anything that may have been in effect prior to the last change in rules for credentialing in New York. One of the changes is that of the initial certificate replacing the provisional certificate and the certificate for initial entry into teaching within New York State. Additionally those holding these certificates will be working toward a professional certificate rather than a permanent certificate as they did under previous certification guidelines.

An applicant for certification in New York must complete the prerequisite requirements through one of the following methods:

  1. Applicant has successfully completed a teacher preparation program that is registered with the New York State Education Department.
  2. The State Education Department will conduct an evaluation of the applicant's educational background.
  3. The applicant has completed a program at a facility that participates in the Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Educational Personnel.
  4. The applicant must hold at least a baccalaureate degree in addition to having a certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  5. Applicant has completed an Alternative Certification or Intensive Program. These programs are not available in all parts of the state of New York.

In order for an applicant to receive an initial certification, he or she must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit an application with the appropriate fee
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Must have completed the general education, content, and pedagogical coursework cores
  • Must have completed student teaching requirements (applicant may use employment as a teacher to meet this requirement)
  • Must have achieved passing scores on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test, Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written, and a Content Specialty Test in the area in which you are seeking certification. There is no need for a CST for the initial certification in the Speech and Language Disabilities certification title)
  • Must have completed the Child Abuse Identification and School Violence Prevention workshops
  • Must have cleared a fingerprint submission

Applicants who are seeking professional certification must meet the following prerequisite requirements:

  • The applicant must have satisfied the requirements for the initial certificate
  • Must submit application with the appropriate fee
  • Must have three years of teaching experience with the first year within a mentored environment
  • Must hold a master's degree
  • Must have completed the CST for the Speech and Language Disabilities certification
  • Must be a natural born or permanent resident of the United States

It is also necessary for all individuals to complete 175 hours of professional development coursework every five years in order to maintain the validity of their certification. This coursework must meet with the Professional Development Plan of the school district in which they are employed. Holders of permanent certificates do not need to meet this requirement.

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