New York State Alternative Teacher Certification

Individuals with a bachelor's degree can pursue alternative teacher certification in the state of New York. This includes completing an approved educator program and passing the required content exams. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Alternative Route to Teacher Licensure in New York

New York state's alternative certification is known as the Transitional B program. Teaching candidates will need to meet several criteria to enroll in this program.

Required DegreeBachelor's degree
Required Degree FieldAny
Required TestsEducating All Students (EAS test, edTPA, and the Content Specialty Test (CST) in desired certification area
License Renewal PeriodFive years for initial teaching certificate; Professional teaching certificate is continuously valid upon meeting requirements for the five-year renewal
License Renewal Requirements100 clock hours during the registration period for the professional teaching certificate
Average Salary for Teachers in New York (2018)*$83,010 (Elementary School Teachers)
$83,490 (Middle School Teachers)
$85,300 (High School Teachers)
Job Outlook for Teachers Nationally (2016-2026)*7% (Elementary School Teachers)
8% (Middle School Teachers)
8% (High School Teachers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Alternative Teacher Certification Route

Individuals who pursue this route usually have a bachelor's degree with subject matter expertise in a particular area, such as history or chemistry. Applicants must meet one of the below requirements for acceptance into an alternative certification (ATC) program:

  • Bachelor's degree with a major in their desired certification area
  • Bachelor's degree with 18 credits in the desired certification area and 12 credits in a related discipline

They will need to complete an approved ATC program at one of the schools in New York and receive a certification recommendation after completion.

New York Required Testing

New York requires that all teaching candidates pass three tests for initial licensure. Candidates must earn a score of 520 on the Educating All Students exam. The edTPA is a performance-based assessment that demonstrates a candidate's classroom teaching skills. Candidates will also need to earn passing scores on the Content Specialty Test for their desired area of certification.

Fingerprinting Requirement

All teaching applicants must pass a criminal background check. They can visit an approved IdentoGO scanning location or submit a fingerprint card via mail. Applicants will need to bring photo identification if they visit a scanning location.

Initial Teaching Certificate

An initial teaching certificate will be valid for five years. The application process includes an online application and verifying materials mailed to the New York State Education Department. All verifying materials must have teachers' identifying information, such as date of birth or last four digits of the social security number. Verifying documentation includes official transcripts, exam score reports, proof of relevant work experience for the initial certificate, and proof of paid teaching experience requested by the state.

Professional Teaching Certificate

A professional teaching certificate is valid for five years and will remain continuously valid as long as teachers meet the Continuing Teacher and Leader (CTLE) requirements. Teachers who received their first professional certificate on July 1, 2016, or later will automatically be registered for the five-year registration period. The registration starts on the first day of the month the certificate was issued and runs to the last day of the month prior to teachers' birth month in year five. Teachers must complete 100 clock hours if they work 90 days or more in an approved educational setting during their registration period.

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