New York

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There are a variety of ways to meet the requirements to become a New York State certified teacher. The traditional pathway to certification involves completing a traditional teacher preparation program at a bachelor’s or a master’s degree level. New York State has a two-tier certification system. The first license issued is the Initial License, which is valid for 5 years. Professional License is the next and terminal license tier in NYS, which is issued to the educator upon completion of a master’s degree and meeting professional development requirements. Career-changers transitioning to teaching from other career paths can take advantage of the intensive alternative preparation programs, available to experienced professional with a bachelor’s or a master’s degrees. Currently, certification areas for “Language other than English (5-9)” and “Language other than English (7-12)” exists in 38 languages. In addition, a NYS certified teacher is eligible to provide Bilingual Education instruction to students by adding a Bilingual Education Extension to the existing NYS certification. The bilingual certification extension is available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Igbo, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yiddish.

For additional information about certification, please, consult the State of New York Office of Teaching Initiatives.


This is a list that the state maintains of approved credentialing programs. Use this list to search for credentialing programs that fit your needs. There is a search function on this list that allows searchers to narrow the search down to the specific language or subject desired. Select “Search for programs leading to teacher certification,” then select the language desired. The state may periodically change this list. Credential-seeking individuals must attend a program from this approved list to receive credentials in the state of New York.

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