Teachers credentialed in another state or country can still be certified to teach in New York City classrooms.
If you are licensed to teach in another state, you may be eligible for an Initial Certificate—the entry-level certificate for classroom teachers that is issued by the State of New York in specific subject/ grade titles. This certificate may be granted to teacher candidates who meet either one of the following criteria:
- Completion of three years or more of certified public school teaching experience in another single U.S. State or Territory within the last five years, or
- Completion of a teacher preparation program from an accredited college or university located in another U.S. State or Territory
Please visit the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Teaching Initiatives website for a comprehensive summary of all the requirements for out-of-state candidates to teach in New York City public schools. If you meet the NYSED requirements for New York State certification, you must apply directly to the NYSED for the Initial Certificate. We recommend that you complete the application to teach in a New York City public school at the same time you apply for your Initial Certificate from New York State.
When completing the New York City online teacher application, you will be required to provide a copy of your current certificate if you have completed three years of certified public school teaching experience in another U.S. State or Territory. If you have completed a teacher preparation program, you will need to submit a letter from that college or university. For more information, visit How to Apply.
If you are a teacher from another country, you may be eligible to earn New York State certification on the basis of your foreign credentials. To be eligible for consideration, you must meet these criteria. In addition, you must be eligible to work in the United States to be considered.