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New York Teaching License

Interested in starting a teaching career in New York? Each state has its own requirements for teachers to earn a teaching license. For example, most of the states require teachers to obtain a degree from state accredited universities.

But in New York it doesn’t matter from which state is the degree. So, here you can learn how to use the NYS department of education license lookup tool to check the validity of the license. Moreover, learn how to get a New York teaching license.

How do I get certified to teach in New York?

In New York the most important step of becoming a teacher is getting a teaching license. Here are the steps:

  • Firstly you will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The degree can be in any subject. That is to say, it doesn’t have to be in teaching or education. But it should be from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Secondly, complete an approved teacher preparation program. Here is the list of the state approved programs. You have completed your teacher prep program in another state?

If it is comparable to the programs in New York, you won’t need to pass it again.

After that pass two New York State Teacher Certification exams: Educating All Students (EAS) and edTPA. Moreover, you may also need to pass a subject-related exam.

Additional requirements

Then pass the criminal history background check. The New York State Education Department fingerprints all applicants as part of the criminal background check process. For this you will need to pay $99.

Depending on what type of teaching certificate you want additional workshops and training may be needed.

Now you can submit your application online through the TEACH system website. Along with your application submit:

  1. Official transcript and diploma
  2. Teacher preparation program certificate
  3. Proof of experience (if you have or needed)
  4. Exam scores
  5. Your name, date of birth and 4 last digits of your social security number

As a license and application fee you will pay $50.

How do I transfer my teaching license to New York?

Thinking of transferring your teaching license from another state to New York? There are two options you can choose from. On the NYSED official website you can choose how to apply? As a certified teacher who has three years of teaching experience or the one who completed a teacher or school administration program at a college in another U.S. State.

And, almost all the states signed a Teacher Reciprocity Agreement with New York State. This will help you to get your New York Teaching license easily.

Can you teach in NY without certification?

To work in public or private schools you will need to obtain a teaching license. But, New York State doesn’t require substitute teachers to obtain a license. A Bachelor’s degree and completion of a teacher preparation program are enough to be a substitute teacher. But you must also pass a basic and teaching skills test. Certain districts may require a license. And you can’t teach more than 40 days per school year without a license.

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