Applying for Professional Certification Based on Work Experience

If you have initial certification in one program area and a master's degree in a related program area, plus three years of relevant paid teaching experience, follow these instructions:

  • Research the requirements for professional certification based on work experience.
  • You must have initial New York State certification in effect (verify on your TEACH account).
  • You must have sealed copies of all of your transcripts, which you can order from the registrar. Ask for copies to be sent to your home. Keep the transcripts in their sealed envelopes.
  • You must have copies of your mandated workshop completion certificates if they are not posted on your TEACH account. Please refer to the Mandated Workshops for information about the new required workshop.

Apply as Follows

  • Log in to your TEACH account.
  • Verify and update your profile. Complete and pay for an application for your certification area.
  • Select Type of Certificate: Professional. For "Educational Preparation for this application only," do not enter a program code. Instead, select "B. No, I have not completed, nor am I enrolled in, an Approved Teacher Preparation Program at a New York State College or University for this certificate and type."
  • Select pathway "Certificate Progression" if you have initial certification in this program area and a master's in another program area.

Write a cover letter explaining your request, and send the cover letter with your sealed transcript(s) and your workshop certificates to:

New York State Education Department
Office of Teaching Initiatives, Room 5N-EB
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

Send by certified mail, return receipt requested. Keep copies for yourself.

What's Next

Monitor your TEACH account, and check for any application evaluations that may be posted. Allow about three months for this to be done. Automated evaluations are posted when the computer has completed an evaluation. Manual evaluations are posted when your transcript and other documentation has been examined by an officer at the Office of Teaching Initiatives.