April 18, 2018

New York Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $57,354
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $49,590

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in New York schools. Undergraduate coursework requirements vary according to the subject being taught. For a discussion of teaching certification requirements, see this Web site:
Office of Teaching Initiatives:
You will, however, need to complete a New York-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
Approved Teacher Preparation Program: http://www.highered.nysed.gov
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the New York Alternative Teacher Preparation Program:


For teacher certification in New York, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills and specific subject areas:
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Official Site: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/ | NYSTCE Test
The Assessment of Teaching Skills Written test is required for all applicants.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of New York has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about New York Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in New York for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the New York State Education Department about teacher certification at this address:
New York State Education Dept.
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234

Or you can call the Teacher Certification office at (518) 474-3901.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the New York teacher certification process:

New York State Education Department:

Teacher Certification: