Certification

You have the education and the degree. Next step: certification.

Touro students who successfully complete a Master's program at the Graduate School of Education are eligible to apply online for New York State Teacher Certification. The NY State Education Department no longer accepts paper applications.

**COVID-19 Updates**

COVID-19 has impacted fieldwork and certification exams. NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives has made provisions for teacher candidates currently enrolled in a Practicum whose student teaching hours or similar clinical experiences have been impacted by COVID 19. NYS is working on providing alternative options for candidates that do not fit the specific criteria of being enrolled in Practicum in Spring 2020, whether you are graduating after June 2020 or have already graduated and are still working on your edTPA and/or other exams. Candidates that hold Internship Certificates that may be expiring soon should also have updated information coming soon.

Pearson has provided updated edTPA guidelines due to COVID-19

Please check www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ frequently for the latest updates, and/or email as instructed below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we have information from NYSED.

Please send an email:
To: gseooc@touro.edu
Subject line: Certification Exams Inquiry

Body of the email must include: Your name as it was last registered with Touro College, student ID number, Touro email address if you are emailing from a personal email, and a brief explanation of your specific situation.

Please note that the current waiver eligibility requirements are set forth by NYSED, not Touro College. We do not have the ability to make exceptions under any circumstance if you do not meet the specific eligibility requirements currently in place.

Create Your TEACH Account

To get started, visit the NYSED website and register for a secure TEACH account.

Once created, log-in to your TEACH account and follow our instructions to apply for certification online.

Notes on Applying

If you have fewer than three years of full-time teaching experience, apply for Initial Certification.

If you have at least three years of full-time teaching experience, apply for Professional Certification.

New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE)

To be eligible to teach in New York, you must pass required certification exams and submit your online application to the NYSED. The NYSTCE will automatically report your scores to the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives, so they’re already on file when you apply for certification. 

Certification in Other States

To become certified to teach in a state other than New York, you must pass the required exams and apply for certification in that state. Students interested in teaching in New Jersey or Connecticut should complete a program verification form and have it signed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

The Certification Office at the Graduate School of Education is here to advise current students and alumni regarding all matters relating to student certification.  We work with the faculty to ensure all programs are aligned with certification requirements and once you've completed one of our programs we submit a recommendation on Touro's behalf to recommend your teaching certification to the New York State Education Department, as well as Verification of Program Completion for students applying for certification in other states. 

For any additional questions, students should contact Touro’s Certification Officer

Office of Certification

Phone: (212) 463-0400 ext. 55675
Fax: 1-212-462-4889
Email: gseooc@touro.edu