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Maintaining Your Certificate
All NYCDOE pedagogical employees, including teachers and school administrators, must maintain valid certification to remain employed.
Failure to register will result in discontinuance of your license.
- If you are a current employee and hold an Initial, Provisional, Internship, Transitional B, Conditional Initial, or Transitional A certificate, you are given a specific number of years before your New York State certification expires and you must progress to the next level of certification based on your completion of the requirements.
- Beginning July 1, 2016, if you hold one of the following certificates, you must register your teaching license with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) every five years:
- Permanent or professional teaching certificate in the classroom teaching service
- Permanent or professional leader certificate in the educational leadership service (i.e., school building leader, school district leader, school district business leader), or
- Level III Teaching Assistant certificate
Additionally, if you hold a professional certificate in the classroom teaching service or educational leadership service or a Level III Teaching Assistant certificate, you must complete 100 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE)
during each five-year registration period (if you hold a permanent certificate, this CTLE requirement does not apply to you).Read more about the new registration and CTLE requirements, including when and how to register, here.
If you have not yet met requirements to progress to your next level of certification, please refer to the New York State Education Department website for more information about the requirements and process to obtain an extension on an expiring certificate.
A New York City license is automatically generated for you when you are hired. Your license depends on your New York State certificate and the grade level of your NYC teaching assignment; it also specifies your area for DOE seniority.
If you have any questions about maintaining your certificate or progressing to the next level of certification, you can contact the Certification Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at (718) 935-2473. You can find additional information about certification on the New York State Education Department website.
Types of Certificate
Initial: The Initial certificate is the entry-level teaching certificate and is issued for a specific subject and grade level. It is valid for five years (with the possibility of a time extension if you are eligible). During this five-year period, you must obtain a Professional certificate, which requires a minimum of three years of experience and a Master’s degree.
Conditional Initial: This is the first-level certificate for teachers who hold a certificate in the same or equivalent title from another state, but who have not yet met the NYS testing requirement. The Conditional Initial certificate allows the holder up to two years to meet the testing requirements to qualify for an Initial certificate.
Professional: The Professional certificate is the second-level teaching certificate. A holder of an Initial certificate must apply to the New York State Department of Education for the Professional certificate upon completion of requirements. Note that there are new registration and continuing education requirements for Professional certificate holders.
Internship: To obtain this certificate, students must have a recommendation from a college/university, have completed 50% of an approved graduate teacher education program, and have a job commitment where they can serve their internship. Colleges may require one or more certification exams for this certificate. The Internship certificate is valid for two years and may not be renewed or extended; after two years, you are expected to have completed all requirements, and your college will recommend you for the Initial certificate. The Internship certificate becomes void if you leave or fail to graduate from the program.
Transitional B: This certificate is for individuals enrolled in an alternative certification program, such as New York City Teaching Fellows and Teach for America. This certificate is valid for three years, during which the teacher must meet all requirements for the Initial or Professional certificate through an approved university program. The Transitional B certificate is not transferable between districts and becomes void if you leave employment or do not maintain good standing or fail to graduate from the university program.
Transitional A: This certificate is available to career and technical education (CTE) teachers who are requested for a shortage area (in agriculture, health trades, or a trade subject) by a principal. The teacher must have the required educational and occupational experience to qualify for the certificate. Requirements for an Initial certificate must be completed within three years.