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): Click here to create a TEACH account
DO NOT create multiple TEACH accounts as this will cause confusion and delays.
TEACH Account Setup Information
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.
Please note for international students: If you are an F-1 visa holder, you must have a Social Security Number prior to applying for a teacher's certificate.
Important Information for students graduating before Sept 1, 2021 - Here
- Programs and Academic Preparation
- Certification Examinations
- Applying For Your Certificate
- Teaching in Other States
- edTPA Safety Net eligibility
- NYSED COVID Information
- Contact Information for NYSED
Bill Kovari firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Certification & Educational Technology
Pace University, School of Education PLV & NYC