New York

New York offers a wide variety of preparation pathways for teacher certification in the state. The pathway you choose will largely depend on your background and preferences, but most new teachers will follow the Approved Teacher Preparation Program.

Through the Approved Teacher Preparation Program, you’ll need to complete a teacher education program with a New York college or university. This institution will need to provide you with a recommendation once you have completed the program. If you’re a teacher from out of the state, you may be eligible for interstate reciprocity. If you have completed a comparable certificate or approved teacher education program in another state, you will need to provide your credentials as well as pass specific assessments. You also have the option to perform an individual evaluation of your credentials through a regional certification office. Teachers with foreign credentials can use the evaluation option as well. Teachers that have National Board certificate titles will almost always be able to use their credentials for corresponding titles in New York. Finally, professionals who are taking on teaching as a second career can follow the Alternative Teacher Preparation Program, which is offered by colleges with local school partners, and offers an opportunity for accelerated study coupled with paid employment.

With more than 1 million students in its system, the New York City Department of Education is easily the largest school district in the US. The city is one of the most popular places to work in New York, however, you will also be able to find employment in large population centers like Hempstead, Brookhaven, and Islip. On the New York State Education Department website, you’ll find links to job banks like the New York City Department of Education and TEACHNY.

While conducting continued employment with New York public schools, you will be required to complete 175 hours of professional development every five years. The activities you use to complete this requirement will be approved by your employing school district, but programs such as college credit and workshops are generally acceptable. Teachers who are not employed with public school districts will have a reduced requirement as well as different activity criteria that they must meet.

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