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International Applicants

If you do not have a US Social Security Number, you can send an email to the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) at with “TEACH Access Number” in the subject line to request a nine-digit identifier to use in the creation of your TEACH account, register for the NYSTCE exams, and for fingerprint clearance. The email must include a PDF-formatted copy of either a valid passport or a valid visa. Please note: If you are an F-1 visa holder, you must have a Social Security Number prior to applying for a teacher's certificate. United States Citizenship, USCIS Permanent Residency, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, or similar relief from deportation is required for Permanent, Professional, or Teaching Assistant Level III Certification. US Citizenship is not required for Initial Certification.