• The New York State certification process varies on teacher pathway and license. Here, you can find links to key sites that can best help you navigate the process.

    Certification Pathways

    The NYC DOE values the unique experiences teachers bring to the table, and offer a wide range of pathways to the classroom. All aspiring teachers must have a valid teaching certificate from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to be eligible for a permanent position teaching in our schools, but there are many different paths to fulfill those requirements. Learn more about the various pathway options to become a certified teacher in NYC.

    New York State Certification

    The DOE website has information and key links that you will need to ensure that you are following the correct steps to being certified. If you graduated with a teaching degree, you should also contact your counselor at your college or university who may be able to provide you with guidance.

    Teachers Seeking Interstate Reciprocity

    NYC DOE Reciprocity Overview: This site has information and links for those who are seeking interstate reciprocity.

    International Teachers

    If you are a teacher from another country, you may be eligible to earn New York State certification on the basis of your foreign credentials. To be eligible for consideration, you must meet these criteria. In addition, you must be eligible to work in this country to be considered.

    Other key links:

    The New York State Education Department: This website has information on being certified through the state, including the exams and workshops you must take.

    TEACH System: This is the system through which you will apply for your certification.

    New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: Use this website to register for your required certification exams.

    Once you confirm your participation in the program, NYC Men Teach will provide support to help you with your hiring process, not limited to those listed below.

    • Certification exam practice sessions
    • Resume and cover letter support
    • Interview and demonstration lesson support
    • Invitations to NYC Men Teach and city-wide hiring fairs
    • School visits
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    To find out more about certification, visit the Office of Higher Education for New York State or call 518.474.3901.