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Certification Resources and FAQ

New York State teachers, administrators, and pupil personnel service providers are required to hold a New York State certificate in order to be employed in the state’s public schools. The certificates are issued by the Office of Teaching Initiatives and certify that an individual has completed the required degree, coursework, fieldwork experiences, and certification exam requirements.

All undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs in the School of Education lead to teacher certification in NY State. This page and others in the certification section will provide you with information and resources regarding the teacher certification process, including the requirements to be recommended for certification, the required examinations, and suggested resources to aid in your preparation for the exams. Candidates who seek to become certified teachers in NYS must create a TEACH account with New York State Education Department (NYSED). DO NOT create multiple TEACH accounts as this will cause confusion and delays.