Professional Development


Mentoring for New Teachers

If you are a new teacher, your school will assign you a mentor to help you through the challenges of your first year. You will develop a special relationship with your school-based mentor, who is there to help you grow quickly as a teacher. Your mentor will plan with you, view your classroom practice, and conference with you to help you reflect on your teaching practice. Please contact your principal for more information.

Who Must be Mentored?
Teachers with initial certificates and less than two years of full-time prior teaching experience must be mentored.

Mentoring Certification
When you are ready to apply for your Professional Certificate (usually after your third year), you will need to demonstrate proof of completion of a full-year of mentoring. (Expect to meet with your mentor each week for a minimum of two periods.) It is important that your mentoring is documented by your mentor in our on-line Mentor Tracking System (MTS). At the end of each school year, your MTS documentation will be sent by the Division of Human Resources (DHR) to the State Education Department. Once the electronic file is forwarded to the State, DHR will forward a Superintendent Verification of Mentoring Experience letter to your current mailing address. You will then be eligible to apply for your Professional Certification.

Summer New Teacher Orientation
New Teachers who will begin working at the start of the School Year will be expected to attend both the Cluster Orientation in August (budget permitting) and their school specific orientation. Contact your principal for the date of your school specific orientation. You will also receive notification of your Cluster Orientation.

For more information:
Mentoring Resources for Principals

Resources for School-Based Mentors

Mentoring FAQs

When Do New Teachers Need To Complete 175 Hours of Professional Development?
New York State requires individuals with a Professional Certificate to complete 175 hours of professional development every five years to maintain their certification. The first professional development cycle begins on July 1 following the effective date of your Professional teaching certificate. For NYC public schools, your principal will…

  • Function as the approving officer of professional development offerings.
  • Keep a record of the professional development offerings you attend in your employee file.
  • Mentoring occurs BEFORE receiving a Professional license, therefore, it CANNOT be used for the 175 Professional Development hours
For more information, visit the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives Professional Development for Professional Certificate Holders Web site.