Prerequisite Coursework in New York
All states require, at the minimum, a bachelor’s degree to become a teacher. New York additionally requires 30 semester hours of subject-specific coursework (in the subject you want to teach), in addition to general and pedagogical requirements. Enrollment in and completion of an approved New York State Teacher Preparation Program will satisfy all credit requirements. To search for specific requirements to become a teacher, visit the Department of Education’s search page.
New York Teacher Certification Programs
Teacher certification programs are available both online and on-site. They usually involve an educational theory and classroom skills seminar along with a fieldwork component that includes student teaching. The New York Education Department allows you to search for approved teacher preparation and certification programs in New York State.
Required Tests for New York
Most states require tests to show competency in basic skills as well as in the desired subject area. In New York, the pedagogical knowledge is assessed through the Educating All Students (EAS) test and edTPA, and the subject area component is fulfilled by the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST). More information can be found on Testing Requirements by Certificate.
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting Teach.coms’ Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.
Initial Teaching Certifications
To earn a New York teaching credential you must complete the required undergraduate coursework and testing, as well as an accredited teacher certification program.
New York offers two types of teacher certificates. The Initial Certificate is valid for the first five years of teaching, and the Professional Certificate is renewable every five years. Initial and Professional certificates specify the grade level and subject you are able to teach. A number of additional supplementary and transitional certificates are available for alternative teacher certification candidates (those who are not certified via the traditional teacher certification route), teachers being certified in additional subjects, and teachers in areas of shortage. Visit the Education Department’s Types of Certificates page for a full description of all available certificates.
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