Certification Requirements

For information on New York State teachers, administrators, and pupil service provider certification requirements, click here.

For information on who is required to take which tests, click here.

For information on the new test frameworks (all except edTPA), click here. For information about edTPA, the new performance assessment designed by SCALE at Stanford University and administered by Pearson click here. [ROCCO--can this link to the edTPA page on the website?]

Certification Requirements is an online search tool that allows one to identify the specific requirements you must meet for any given certificate. This search tool may be accessed here.

Applying for Certification with NYSED

TEACH System
The New York State Education Department has created an online system called TEACH where you must establish an account to apply for your certificates, maintain other critical certification information and to process your fingerprint application.

Paper applications are no longer accepted for certification. For more information please click here

New York State's Teacher Certification Examination Program Administered by Pearson

New York State's Teacher Certification Examination Program has been designed to ensure that teachers have the necessary knowledge and skills. The testing program is administered by Pearson for the New York State Education Department. For information about NYSED's Teacher Certification Examination Program, please click here.

Become an authorized Pearson Test Center for new certification and professional licensure tests including the NYSTCE.

Professional development for certificate holders of all classroom teaching titles, and all school leader titles, as well as the Level III Teaching Assistant certificate, must be maintained through continued professional development. For more information, please click here.