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Programs Leading to Certification

 Teachers College offers many certification programs. Each program has its own requirements and restrictions which candidates have to meet in order to be eligible for the certificate. If a candidate is not a participant in the specified program or has not satisfied the requirements of the program, then the candidate will not be recommended for certification under the guidelines of that program. The programs, their requirements and restrictions are listed below:

Leading to Certification - IRDF

Leading to Certification - TC/NYSED

Leading to Certification - NYSTCE

NYSTCE (New York State Teacher Certification Examination):

Applicants for New York State teacher certification are required to take the NYSTCE:

  • Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST),
  • Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W), and
  • Content Speciality Test (CST) - Several subject areas require more than one CST.

    Registration booklets for exams are available on-line. In addition, test preparation guides are available at our office, Zankel Hall 411 (for Teachers College students ONLY).

    Please note that exams are not given on a monthly basis.

    For sample test questions and further information, go to

  • Public School Building Leadership
    & Public School District Leadership
    program completers must take the NYSTCE School Leadership Assesments.

    Leading to Certification - Reciprocity

    Completion of New York certification requirements and Teachers College programs does not automatically translate into certification or licensure in other states.

    If you plan on seeking certification outside of New York State, it will be to your advantage to investigate certification requirements for that state. While there is reciprocity between New York and many other states, there may be additional courses and exams required by the state where you seek certification. In most states, applicants may be issued a temporary license for one to two years, during which additional requirements must be completed.

    More information can be found by contacting the State Department of Education or visiting the website of the state in which you are interested.

    Please note, individual state requirements and contact information are subject to change.

    For information regarding interstate agreement for Applicants from Other States, please click here.

    Approved Teacher Preparation Program
    The Approved Teacher Preparation Program as referred to on the  certification requirements page of the Office of Teaching Initiatives website, refers to all registered and approved education programs within the institution.  Each approved teacher preparation program at Teachers College has been registered with and approved by the New York State Education Department as meeting the requirements for NYS certification in their respective areas.

    A candidate may only be recommended for a certificate in the subject area and grade level of the program they have completed.  Additionally, they may only be recommended for the certificate type the program has been registered as leading to.  Graduate programs may lead to either Initial or Professional certification, depending on several factors including but not limited to, current certification status, requirements previously met, and years of full-time paid teaching experience.
    Our programs have been designed to meet not only the coursework requirements for the certificate, but also the Student Teaching experience requirement, and the reporting of Child Abuse and School Violence Prevention two workshops training requirements.
    Completion of these programs, therefore, makes the candidate eligible for a NYS certificate in that subject area, pending satisfaction of the New York State Teachers Certification Exams - NYSTCE, fingerprinting, and experience requirements. Candidates are expected to complete the programs as outlined in their program planning sheets.
    Any deviation must be approved and documented by the program advisor. Some deviations, such as not completing student teaching, may allow a candidate to graduate but void their eligibility for an Institutional Recommendation.
    The admissions and completion requirements for these programs are listed on their program planning sheets, which are distributed to each candidate upon admission to the program. Programs requirements are also listed in the college bulletins which are available in the Office of Admission.
    Candidates are also highly encouraged to meet with their advisor to make certain they are on a certification track and are fulfilling all the approved teacher preparation program requirements.
    Alternative Teacher Certification Program (Trans-B)– Peace Corps Fellow (PCF)
    The Alternative Teacher Certification Program for the Peace Corps Fellows is an alternative route to New York State certification.  Peace Corps Fellows admitted into a Master's degree program are required to complete the program as outlined on their program planning sheet, distributed to them upon admission to the program.  Completion of the program leads to an Initial or Professional certificate, depending on satisfaction of the 3 years of teaching experience requirements
    Candidates in the Peace Corps Fellows program are issued a Transitional B certificate at the commencement of their program, upon completion of a prescribed pre-service component, which enables them to teach in the classroom while completing the degree.

    The Transitional B is valid for 3 years during which candidates are expected to complete the degree program and then apply for an Initial or Professional certificate. The Initial certificate would be valid for 5 years, with the same effective begin date as the Transitional B. In effect, the Initial Certificate would extend the candidate's eligibility to teach for 2 years beyond the Transitional B certificate.

    NYSED Trans-B Description - CLICK HERE

    Fellows MUST apply for their certificates via Institutional Recommendation. The NYSED will reject any application for Individual Transcript Evaluation submitted by a Fellow as long as the Transitional B certificate remains valid.
    Peace Corps Fellows are held to stringent State standards, and are required to complete the Child Abuse and Maltreatment and School Violence Prevention seminars, as well as receive fingerprint clearance before entering the classroom. The Peace Corps Fellows program consists of 200 hours of pre service preparation, assignment to a teaching position, and continued coursework leading to a Master's degree. Fellows are supported by their Department’s mentors, school site coaches, and monthly school site visits.
    Internship Certificate
    The Internship Certificate as described by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is a certificate issued to a candidate in a registered or approved graduate teacher education program, permitting the holder to serve an internship in a public school. The internship certificate is issued at the request of the college or university, provided that the student has completed at least 50% of the program's requirement
    Candidates for the Internship Certificate program must already be admitted in an approved graduate program leading to initial certification. Furthermore, candidates must have completed a minimum of 50% of the required coursework for that degree. Candidates must also be currently employed by the New York City Department of Education or have a written offer for a position.  Candidates must also have completed the Child Abuse and Violence Prevention workshops, and must have received NYS fingerprint clearance.
    To qualify for an Internship Certificate recommendation, candidates are required to provide, to the OTE Certification Officer, a letter of recommendation from their program/academic advisor, along with a letter of nomination from a school principal. The candidate must enter the electronic internship certificate application in the NYSED-TEACH system.

    Once it has been confirmed that the candidate has satisfied at least 50% of all of the requirements of the program, the OTE Certification Officer will notify the candidate of having processed the electronic recommendation for the internship certificate requested, and will provide the candidate with a letter to that effect.

    NYSED Internship Cert. Description - CLICK HERE

    The Internship certificate is valid for two years. The certificate may not be renewed, reissued, or extended. Candidates are expected to complete the program and fulfill the remaining requirements for an Initial Certificate within the two-year period.