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Certification Types

New York State requires a Masters degree to earn most certifications in order to teach in its public schools.​ The state accredits teacher preparation programs in two categories: Alternative Certification Programs and Traditional Certification Programs. 

Which certification pathways is right for you?

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Teacher Certification Options

Alternative Certification

  • Provides a route for individuals that do not possess an education or teaching degree

  • Allows you to teach full-time with salary and full benefits while completing your certification

  • Examples include New York City Teaching Fellows, Teach for America

  • Charter networks also provide "grow your own" programs

Traditional Certification

  • Individuals who already earned a bachelor's degree

  • Coursework and field service are required before entering the classroom full time

  • Upon satisfactory completion of degree requirements, your college will recommend candidates to the state for certification.

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