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New York State teachers, administrators, and pupil personnel service providers are required to hold a New York State certificate for employment in the State’s public schools. The Office of Teaching Initiatives issues certificates to certify that an individual has met required degree, coursework, assessment, and experience requirements. There are numerous certificates titles in three major categories: classroom teaching, administrative and supervisory, and pupil personnel service (e.g., school counselor, psychologist, social worker).

Subject Area: This represents general categories of certificate titles such as math, biology, or students with disabilities. Note: all math titles would be in the math subject area; all biology titles would be in the biology subject area; and all students with disabilities titles would be in the students with disabilities subject area, etc.


Submitted Online: After you have entered your payment the "Application Confirmation" screen will appear. It will have the date we received your application, amount of the fee owed, requirements that have been completed, the requirements that need to be completed in order to receive the certificates, and the address to use to send supporting documents for your application. You should print the "Application Confirmation" screen and retain it for your records. You may login to TEACH at any time and click the Account Information link to see the status of your application.

You will not receive a printed copy of your issued time-limited certificate(s) such as the Provisional, Initial, Transitional, Teaching Assistant Levels I, II, and Pre-Professional types. Instead, you can verify that your certificate has been issued by logging in to your TEACH Online Services account and viewing the certificate table in Account Information. Once you have the end-level certificate such as Permanent, Professional, and Level III Teaching Assistant, you will receive a printed copy of these certificates. For more information go to the frequently asked questions on Printing of Time Limited Certificates Discontinued.

Registration: If a certificate holder holds a Permanent or Professional classroom teacher, school leader or a Level III Teaching Assistant certificate, and is practicing in a school district, Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) or nonpublic school located in New York State, they are required to access their TEACH account and “Register.”

Individuals that are issued their first Professional or Teaching Assistant Level III certification starting 7/1/2016 and thereafter with an appropriate certificate requiring registration will be automatically registered for their initial five-year registration period. The registration period will begin when the certification is issued until the last day of the month prior to their birth month in the 5th year.

CTLE: Holders of Level III Teaching Assistant, Professional school leader and classroom teaching certificates must complete 100 hours of CTLE during their five-year Registration period. Satisfaction of this requirement maintains the validity of the certificate. For more information on CTLE requirements, acceptable CTLE activities, etc., go to Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Requirements.

All New York State public school districts and most non-public school districts have direct access to the TEACH Online Services system and can verify your certification status online. We also offer direct access to the TEACH Online Services system to other states’ and jurisdictions’ certifying bodies so that they may verify NYS certification for individuals seeking to become certified in another state or jurisdiction. We do not provide official written verification of your certification for any purpose; all official verifications must be obtained online through the TEACH Online Services system.