Teacher Certification

New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires candidates who are completing teacher certification programs to apply online – through the TEACH system – for their certification(s).

The TEACH online system allows you to:

  • Apply for a certificate
  • Check the status of your application(s)
  • View/update your profile (update address, request a name change or social security update)
  • View your certification record (evaluations and issued certificates)
  • View/update your professional development record for your professional certificate(s)
  • Apply for a duplicate certificate

The TEACH Online Services system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Initial and Professional Certification

Initial Certificate

An initial certificate is the first teaching certificate (valid for five years) obtained by a candidate. Requirements include the completion of a registered program, passing scores on the NYS tests, fingerprint clearance, and Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) training.

Learn more about the initial certification process.

Professional Certificate

A professional certificate is the final teaching certificate obtained by a candidate that qualifies that individual to teach in New York State schools. Requirements include an appropriate master's degree and three years of teaching experience including one year of mentored teaching experience. Professional certificate holders are required to complete 100 hours of continuing teacher/leader education every five years.

CTLE Registration and Requirements

Professional certificates in all classroom teaching titles and all School Leader titles must be maintained through continuing professional development. Learn more about professional development for certificate holders.

Effective July 1, 2016, Professional Development was replaced by Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Requirements.

Learn more about continuing teacher and leader education.