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PK-12 Resources

For those interested in PK-12 certification requirements, please direct all inquiries to the Office of Teacher Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. They can be reached by phone at (212) 678-4057 or by email at

For general Q&A about certification, edTPA, or other related questions, please click here.

Office of Teacher Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Box 97,New York, New York, 10027

Location: Zankel Building 411
Phone: 212.678.4057
Fax: 212.678.3153

Other Resources

New York State Department of Education

The New York State Education Department is part of the University of the State of New York (USNY), one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the United States. Our mission is to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York. Our vision is to provide leadership for a system that yields the best educated people in the world.


edTPA is a preservice assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students.

Common Core Standards

The state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards was launched in 2009 by state leaders, including governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia, through their membership in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). State school chiefs and governors recognized the value of consistent, real-world learning goals and launched this effort to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, are graduating high school prepared for college, career, and life.

The standards are informed by:

  • The best state standards already in existence
  • The experience of teachers, content experts, states, and leading thinkers
  • Feedback from the public

¡Colorín Colorado!

Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

Requirements for Certification in New York State

Follow the above link for a helpful PowerPoint presentation that explains the different kinds of certifications and the steps to obtaining certification. Our MA in TESOL with PK-12 certification offers only Initial Certification.

Interstate Reciprocity List

Follow the above link for a PDF that lists each state and whether or not New York accepts their certificate to teach in the public school system.

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