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Certification is Complicated.
We Can Help.
We know that certification in New York State can be complicated and stressful. That's why NYSUT has an office that's entirely devoted to helping our members navigate the certification process. While the State Education Department manages all certifications, our certification experts are here to give you honest answers and help you through the process.
NYSUT is pleased to offer a new range of free webinars to help our members with their certification questions. These webinars are designed to help NYSUT members with specific challenges they encounter understanding and managing their certifications.
Space in each webinar is limited. Please sign up only if you plan to attend.
Webinars are free for NYSUT members.
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.
Quick Reminder! NYSUT's Education & Learning Trust offers a wide variety of discounted courses, many of which satisfy CTLE requirements.
There are different ways to obtain a teaching certificate in New York State. The three most common methods include: