To be eligible to be employed in the New York State's public schools as a teacher, individuals must hold a NYS Teacher certificate issued by the NY State Department of Education's Office of Teaching Initiatives.
New York State teachers are required to hold a New York State Teaching certificate for employment in the State's public schools. The Office of Teaching Initiatives issues certificates to certify that an individual has met required degree, coursework, assessment, and experience requirements.
Achieving certification in NYS requires several steps, including successful completion of coursework/degree, background check/fingerprinting, NYS Teacher Certification Exams, and application through the TEACH account. Candidates may find a searchable summary of requirements and procedures for certification application on the New York State Education Department website (NYSED).