Certification Info and Resources
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 at the Pace University School of Education lead to teacher certification in New York State. This page and others in this 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.
TEACH Account Setup Guide
For more information about certification in New York State, you may access a helpful webinar produced by the CUNY (City University of New York) Office of Academic Affairs as part of the CUNY Teacher Education Preparation series, which includes short videos (ranging in duration from 12–16 minutes) about important topics related to certification. You may access the video of the Webinar “Getting Certified in New York State” via YouTube. We are grateful to the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs for allowing us to share these resources with our candidates at Pace University.
If you do not have a US Social Security Number, you can send an email to the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) at email@example.com 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. www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/citizenshipreq.html
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