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Office of Teacher Education

Teacher Certification

Students wishing to obtain information and materials in matters pertaining to teacher certification should contact the Office of Teacher Education (OTE). Please visit the office located in 411 Zankel Building or our website at for event dates and forms. The office provides general teacher certification information sessions at least twice per semester, teacher certification applications, testing guidelines and preparation guides for the NYSTCE. Students are encouraged to review the student teaching handbook or to meet with OTE certification staff for information on certification in New York and other states.

Student Teaching

The Office of Teacher Education offers student teachers and cooperating teachers a wide variety of professional development opportunities and houses student teaching records. Please visit the office at 411 Zankel Building or their website for event dates and forms. In the beginning of each semester, student teachers are required to obtain a clearance letter upon submission of proof of:

  1. Fingerprint Clearance
  2. Online registration with the New York City Department of Education

In addition, student teaching hours are to be submitted at the end of the semester (please download the student teaching packet for the forms and checklist).

Office of Teacher Education

411 Zankel Building
(212) 678-4057