Educator Certification

The Brooklyn College Teacher Preparation Program leads to New York State teacher certification.

All students seeking New York State teacher certification must apply and pay a fee to be certified. Your program advisors and certification officer are available to support you with your questions on certification, testing and other matters in your transition from student to teacher.

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You must complete all of the following steps for certification. Complete the following steps in any order:

Before you graduate, you must file for a graduation audit.

To file for graduation, you can apply via your Self-Service area in CUNYfirst. Click here for instructions. Complete the instructions given in your degree audit letter. Follow the schedule below. Your graduation must be confirmed by the registrar and Faculty Council for the official graduation date listed in order to be eligible for the dates listed for NY State teacher certification .

Graduation Term: Official Graduation Date File for Graduation Earliest Date for Graduation to Be Verified and Recommendation for Certification to Be Entered by Brooklyn College New York State Teacher Certification Effective Date (Provided All Steps Are Completed)  (see below*)
Spring: June 1 On or before Feb. 15 Early July You are eligible for employment in New York State under the certificate as of the date it is issued. 
Summer: Sept. 1 On or before May  15 Late September You are eligible for employment in New York State under the certificate as of the date it is issued. 
Fall: Feb. 1 On or before Sept. 15  Early March You are eligible for employment in New York State under the certificate as of the date it is issued.

*Refer to new effective date information.

Teaching Fellows, call 718.951.4800, and the Secondary Education office will advise you on the steps needed.

All other students: at least a month or two before you graduate, go to the New York State TEACH site, create an account or verify and update your existing TEACH account. Check that your required certification status is posted on your TEACH account.

Complete Your Certification Tests

Be sure you are completing the correct requirements for your certification area.

Your "pathway"/application type will be "Approved Teacher Preparation Program" if you are completing a Bachelor's or Master's program leading to NY State teacher certification. If you have questions, you can confirm your pathway with the Certification Officer.

Links, resources and updates:

Students who are applying for first initial certification are now required to complete the following tests:

If you already have your first initial New York State certification:

If your first initial certification is in effect (that is, it is valid, not expired, revoked, etc.) you will not need to complete the new certification tests unless you are applying for certification for a different subject. If you are applying for certification in a new subject, you will need to complete the CST examination for certification in that content area.

If you did not meet requirements for your first classroom teaching certificate prior to May 1, 2014:

For teaching candidates who need further information on how to proceed: click here. You can also contact the Certification Officer for further information.

Complete Your Mandated Workshops

Check that your mandated workshops are posted on your TEACH account if this is your first initial certification. If you have not taken the workshops, refer to the workshop link. Your workshops must be posted on your TEACH account or verified by the certification officer before your recommendation for teacher certification can be entered by Brooklyn College.

New DASA Workshop

Effective December 31, 2013 all applicants for Certification are required to complete this workshop and in the case of persons completing State registered programs leading to Certification after December 31, 2013, the training is a required component of the programs. Refer to this link: DASA (Dignity for All Students Act)  

Complete Your Fingerprint Clearance Documentation

Check that your fingerprint clearance has been posted on your TEACH account. If not, refer to the link for fingerprint clearance for instructions. 

Complete Your Application for New York State Teacher Certification

Complete and pay for your application using your NY State TEACH account:

  • Verify and update your profile.
  • Select your certificate. Refer to the Student Information Sheet for details, including your program code.
  • Choose the correct certificate type:
  • Candidates who are applying for additional certification (something other than your bachelor's or master's program) can refer to the links for further instructions.
    • Educational Preparation: Select "Approved Teacher Preparation Program" and enter the program code from the Student Information Sheet.
    • Select: "I want my application to be reviewed by the State Education Department."
    • Make your payment by credit card (highly advised, rather than by using a money order). Keep records of your payment and transaction summary.

School Psychologists and School Counselors: select provisional/permanent certification as appropriate. Two years of experience are required for permanent certification. Click here to check your certification requirements.

What's Next

Your recommendation for teacher certification will be entered by the certification officer according to the timeline above, provided your mandated workshops have been verified and your graduation has been confirmed by the registrar. Monitor your TEACH account. There are two types of evaluations: automated and manual. Automated evaluations are posted when the automated system at the Office of Teaching Initiatives has completed an evaluation. Manual evaluations are posted when your transcripts and other documentation are examined by an officer at the Office of Teaching Initiatives. Click here for information on checking the status of your application.

Initial Certificates

Initial certificate effective dates are posted after your application is evaluated. The time this takes can vary. Please also read this information about expedited service. You will not automatically receive a printed certificate, but you can refer to your effective dates on your account online. If you wish, you can order a printed certificate for $25.00.  Refer to the information posted at the Office of Teaching Initiatives FAQ page. You can print out your account status by going to your New York State TEACH account and printing out your certificate information as you see it posted there. Certification can also be confirmed by going to the "Certificate Holder Lookup" link at Initial certificates are valid for five years. 

Be sure not to let your initial certification expire. If you do not complete a related masters degree that meets the requirements for certification, and the mentored experience requirement and/or if you do meet the work experience requirement before your certificate expires, you will need to apply for a time extension and/or initial reissuance certificate. You may need to complete new requiements if your certificate expires. Be sure to check the requirements for certification well before that time. 

For your professional certification teaching requirement, experience earned in a public or approved nonpublic preschool or elementary, middle, or secondary school is included. Claimed experience may be in any grade or subject. Experience that is not full time may be credited on a prorated basis. Teaching assistant experience is not applicable to this requirement.  Teachers working as substitutes in numerous districts may wish to have each district verify the experience by providing a short letter on district letterhead. 

Professional Certificates

You must allow about three months for your application to be evaluated. A printed certificate will be sent to you, and you can verify your effective dates on your TEACH account. Certification can also be confirmed by going to the "Certificate Holder Lookup" link at Once you have your professional certification, you must complete 175 hours of professional development every five years.Refer to this information about the professional development required for professional certificate holders.

Effective Date

You must complete all certification requirements in order to be given an effective date. The date your certificate is issued is the date your certificate is effective. Refer to 

Expiration Dates

As of December 4, 2013, if you are issued a time limited certificate, (i.e. Initial, Provisional, Temporary coaching, Teaching Assistant Level I and II etc.), the expiration date will be set based on the length of time the certificate is valid (i.e. 5 years, 3 years, etc.) and the next sequential September 1 or February 1. 

A certificate issued between September 2 and February 1, will have an expiration date of January 31. 

Certificates issued between February 2 and September 1, will have an expiration date of August 31.   

Refer to 

If your certifcate has expired, or is about to expire and you have not completed your certification requirements: 

You may need to apply for a time extension and/or initial reissuance certificate. You may need to complete the new certification tests if your certificate expires. Click here for the link to contact  the Office of Teaching Initiatives  or contact the Certification Officer

If you need written confirmation of your expected date of degree conferral before the timeline posted above:

If you need written confirmation of your expected date of degree conferral for your employer before the timeline detailed above, you can request a statement of graduation as long as you have met all degree requirements. Refer to your degree audit letter. You may request a statement of graduation by e-mail from Assistant Registrar Julie Hegner about two weeks before your expected date of graduation. State that you are asking for a statement of graduation and provide her with your name, the last four digits of your Social Security number (it is very important that you do not send the entire Social Security number), phone number and mailing addresses. Her office will mail the statements directly to the address provided, and you can supply the letter to the place of your employment and to the certification officer. Please also read this information about expedited service