Teacher Certification Guide
Initial Certification: Students who do not currently hold any certification in the subject/content and/or grade level they would like to teach must apply to an initial certification program. Initial certifications will eventually lead to professional certifications, providing that, after obtaining initial certification, the student follows NY State regulations for obtaining the professional certification. If students have not yet completed a teacher preparation program and/or obtained certification, they must apply to an initial certification program.
Professional Certification: Professional certification programs are designed for students who already hold initial certification in the respective subject/content and/or grade level and would like to obtain the advanced level certification. These students either completed a teacher preparation program and obtained initial certification at the undergraduate level or have completed an alternative path to certification. Please note that some professional certification programs are available to applicants who have professional experience in the field, but who do not hold or are not seeking certification. For more information regarding eligibility for each program, please consult the Interactive Guide to Admission.
We strongly encourage students to explore the Teachers College Office of Certification and Compliance website for more information about certification requirements and for links to helpful sites within the New York State Department of Education website.
To help you find programs of interest based on certification and/or grade levels, please answer the following questions. A list of programs will be provided based on your answers.