New York State Teacher Certification

Six Steps to Certification
Information About New Certification Examinations

Required Workshops
NYSTCE Results for Binghamton

Employment Resources 

The New York State Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives provides extensive information about the types of teacher certification, requirements and pathways to fulfilling those requirements.

   Six Steps to Certification

To become eligible for teacher certification in New York state, you must complete these six steps:

  1. Register with TEACH, the system that the New York State Education Department uses to process applications for teacher certification. TEACH also records fulfillment of all other NYS requirements for teacher certification, specifically –
  2. Submit fingerprints
    New York State transitioned to a new system for fingerprinting, effective August 3, 2015. NYSED Q and A (June 26, 2015) provides information regarding the this change.
  3. Complete workshops in Child Abuse, School Violence (Project SAVE) and DASA. GSE offers DASA on a regular basis and the others usually once per year in early November.  Additional workshop information is on the NYSED website.
  4. Take (and pass) New York State Teacher Certification Examinations required for your field. To save yourself time, money and frustration, it is best to take each examination as you complete relevant coursework. If you are a pre-service student (seeking initial certification(s) to teach) you will need to successfully complete the edTPA.
  5. Complete a teacher education program that is registered with the New York State Education Department, and be sure to complete a Graduate Application for Degree Form.
  6. Apply for and pay for your certification(s). Students completing a program in Binghamton's Graduate School of Education can complete their application following these detailed instructions. If you have questions, contact Tami Mann via email or at 607-777-5322.

NYSED has reviewed and approved Binghamton's teacher education programs, indicating that each one fully meets all requirements established for teacher certification for that particular age group and subject. Upon successful completion of one of our registered programs, the Graduate School of Education will recommend you for certification. (Students who do not complete an approved program need to apply for "transcript review" via NYSED in Albany, a process that is time-consuming and often reveals "deficiencies" in coursework.)

Keep in mind that Binghamton University confers master's degrees, not teacher certification. In New York state, only the State Education Department can grant teacher certification. Teacher certification conveys that the applicant is prepared to teach a particular subject at the prescribed grade level, having fulfilled all education, experience and examination requirements, including knowledge and skills to address state learning standards. Binghamton's teacher education programs are designed to give students the coursework and field experiences to meet these requirements.

Note: It is possible for New York state-licensed teachers to acquire certification in other states. See "Information About Certification in Other States."

New NYSTCE (New York State Teacher Certification Examination) Information

The New York State Education Department implemented a new series of teacher certification examinations beginning with students graduating from New York state teacher preparation programs in May 2014. For more information on these requirements, visit the NYS Office of Teacher Certification exam information webpage. Additional information about the tests can be found on the NYSTCE website. Review books are now available.

What tests am I required to take?  Download the pdfAll requirements listed are subject to change at any time and without notice.  


 Required Workshops 

To become a certified teacher in New York state, you must complete three specific workshops (in addition to completing an approved teacher education program). Completion of  certification workshops are both a graduation and certification requirement. The Graduate School of Education offers the PROJECT SAVE and Child Abuse workshops once per year (usually in November). DASA workshops operate on a variable schedule. Revisit this webpage for updates and related registration information.

Workshop # 1  PROJECT SAVE Setting the Stage for Safer Schools: Violence prevention training for professionals seeking educational certification.
          Date: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 5
          Location: Fine Arts Building, Room 258 on the Binghamton University campus

Workshop #2 Child Abuse and Maltreatment Identification and Reporting Procedures

          Date: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 
          Location: Fine Arts Building, Room 258 on the Binghamton University campus

To register for these workshops, remit payment with the attached form. For more information, stop by AB-133 or call 607-777-5322.

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New! Workshop #3 DASA (Dignity for all Students Act) Harassment and Bullying Prevention Certification Training: Visit the DASA Workshop webpage for more information.


   NYSTCE Results for Binghamton

Individuals seeking teacher certification in New York state must achieve qualifying scores on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). These examinations help ensure that certified teachers have the knowledge and skills required to be effective teachers in New York state’s public schools. To help prospective students in making informed decisions about what college to attend, teacher education programs in New York state are required to publish the performance of their program graduates on the NYSTCE.

The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations program includes the following:

  • Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  • Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
  • Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST)

Results of State Assessments for Teacher Certification Candidates 2012-13 and Prior (2011-12 and 2010-11)

Job Outlook and Employment Resources

The demand for teachers in New York state varies by geographical location, grade and subject. You can make the most of your education if you are aware of which kinds of teachers are needed in which New York state communities and other states. The NYSED Office of Higher Education provides the most current information on teacher supply and demand throughout the state.

These links can aid you in your search for a teaching position in New York state or elsewhere in the country.

Binghamton University's Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

 Link to Local Broome-Tioga Component School Districts

New York State Education Department List of Job Banks

Information About Teacher Certification in Other States – The Employment Resource for Educators

 • Occupational Outlook Handbook

 • Get Selected - An online matching platform uniquely focused on connecting teachers with K-12 NYC schools based on their preferences (e.g., student population, school culture, location, etc). It's 100% free to students, teachers, and higher ed institutions. Over 200 public schools just in NYC use this platform to match with and hire teachers.


Last Updated: 12/1/16