The Initial Certificate is the entry level certificate in New York State.  This certificate is valid for five years and is the first step toward a Professional Certificate. 

The requirements for Initial Certification are as follows:

  1. Academic Preparation
  2. Fingerprinting/background check
  3. NYS Teacher Certification Exams 
  4. Seminars
  5. Completed application on the TEACH website
  6. Signed Release Authorization Form submitted to the Teacher Certification Office (with copies of your seminar completion certificates)

Download an "Initial Certification Checklist" to track your progress toward the completion of certification requirements.

If you hold a Provisional certificate, (issued prior to Feb 2, 2004) click here.

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