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Classroom teachers need to achieve and maintain a professional certification in New York State.
After meeting certain requirements, new educators are granted initial certification. Educators then have five years to earn professional certification.
To maintain this professional certification, educators are required to complete 100 hours of Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) coursework every five years.
Understand the requirements to move from initial to professional certification, options for obtaining additional certificates and CTLE requirements to maintain your certificate(s).
Understand the requirements for a teaching assistant certificate, how to progress from Level I to Level II and III and CTLE requirements.
We receive hundreds of questions per year about certification. These are some of the most frequently asked, and will likely get you the answer you need.
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TEACH is the SED's online portal that allows you to apply for certification, track the status of your application and get other compliance-related services.
SED offers a dynamic search feature that will allow you to enter information such as grade level and subject area to determine your specific certification requirements.
The initial certification requirements vary depending on your level of education and the subject of your undergraduate or post-graduate degree. Generally speaking, these are the requirements for obtaining an initial certification in New York:
Content course work
Pedagogical course work
Field experience and student teaching/practical
State certification exams
If you’re reading this, you probably already have your initial certification. However, an increasing number of new teachers are seeking additional initial certifications. Having more than one type of initial certification provides flexibility and will increase your marketable skills.
Holders of initial certificates are expected to progress to the professional teaching certificate, within the stated five-year period, by completing the requirements for professional certification:
Successful completion of an appropriate master's degree
Three years of teaching experience
One year of teaching with a mentor
Completion of the 6-hour DASA training workshop
Joining the ranks of New York's educators takes rigor and perseverance. But it's that commitment to excellence that makes our teachers and support staff among the nation's best.
Professionally certified teachers and Level III Teaching Assistants are required to complete 100 Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) hours during each five (5)-year registration cycle.