In order to hold a teaching or administrative position in New York
State, a candidate must be certified by the New York State Education
Department as having met the education, examination, and experience
requirements necessary to teach a particular subject at the prescribed
grade level. In New York City, candidates are also required to hold a
license, issued by the NYC Department of Education. Certification
ensures that all teachers in New York State are being held to a high
standard; that they have been adequately prepared, are competent, and
have had the proper experience required for the position.
The School of Education aims to prepare candidates for a career in
Education or Administration. Our programs are designed to not only lead
to a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a particular area, but also to
give our candidates the coursework needed to meet the certification
requirements as set forth by the New York State Education Department.
Candidates are encouraged to visit the Office of Teaching Initiatives website frequently to keep themselves abreast of all updates in regulations.
All School of Education programs were re-registered with NYS in 2001,
and tailored to meet current NYS standards, effective 2/2/2004.
Completion of a state-registered program means that candidates have met
at least the minimum education requirements for a NYS certificate in
that particular area. On the NYSED website Certification Requirements
page, this is referred to as the Approved Teacher Preparation
Pathway. One of the requirements of the Approved Teacher Preparation
Pathway is an Institutional Recommendation
Institutional Recommendation means that the Institution where you
completed your Approved Teacher Preparation Program is verifying to the
state that you have in fact completed an Education or Administration
program which satisfies the State's requirements for certification in
that particular area, as agreed upon in the program registration. The
recommendation comes in the form of a New York State application
for certification, to be completed via the OTI TEACH
system. Please be sure to indicate that you are requesting an
institutional recommendation by selecting the Approved Teacher
Preparation Program pathway. You may only request an institutional
recommendation for a certificate in the subject area of the program you
completed at the institution and for the certificate type for which the
program is registered as leading to.