Certification

All undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs at the Pace University School of Education lead to teacher certification in New York State.
 

 

 

For more information about our programs please contact us at education@pace.edu, or call 914-773-3872 (Westchester campus), or 212-346-1512 (New York City campus).

 

Initial Certificate

The Initial Certificate is the minimum certification required to teach in public schools in the State of New York.  To earn the Initial Certificate, candidates must complete specific coursework, workshops and related requirements including New York State Tests and fingerprint clearance.   This certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of issuance and leads to the Professional Certificate.

 

 

Professional Certificate

The Professional Certificate is required to continue teaching in New York.  To earn the professional certificate requires one year of mentored teaching experience and 3 years of full-time, paid teaching experience.   This certificate is continuously valid with completion of state mandated professional development on a 5 year cycle.   

Once the requirements for initial/professional certification are completed, extensions to these certificates can be earned in a variety of specialty areas. An extension alone cannot be used to qualify someone to teach. Any extension must be combined with a certificate.  Each additional extension requires a different set of course work, field-based experiences, and certification examinations.

Pace School of Education programs lead to relevant certification in the following areas:

  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Adolescent Education, (Grades 7-12) Education, Literacy (Grades B-6 or 5-9)
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities, formerly Special Education – (Grades 1-6 or 7-12)
  • Educational Technology Specialist – (all grades)
  • School Building Leader (Educational Leadership) ( all grades)

 

 

Requirements for Recommendation

To be recommended for certification by the Pace University School of Education, candidates in the following programs must:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • complete all degree requirements (as agreed upon with advisor)
  • provide an official Pace transcript showing that the degree has been awarded
  • provide evidence of completing NYSTC Examination requirements
  • complete three workshops: child abuse, school violence prevention, and harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention.

Master of Science for Teachers (MST) or Advanced Certificate :

  • complete all degree requirements including any deficiencies in Liberal Arts and Sciences and/or Content Area as noted in the admission letter,
  • complete the child abuse and school violence prevention workshops available online within - TCH 211A and TCH 211B required for Childhood candidates and TCH 211A required for Adolescent candidates; complete the harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention workshop.
  • document all required observation hours as required by their specific program
  • provide an official Pace transcript showing that the degree has been awarded
  • provide evidence of completing NYSTC Examination requirements

Master of Science in Education (MSEd) programs must:

  • complete all degree requirements
  • provide an official Pace transcript showing that the degree has been awarded
  • provide evidence of completing NYSTC Examination requirements 
  • complete three workshops: child abuse, school violence prevention, and harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention 

Graduation or program completion does not automatically entail that the School of Education will recommend a student for certification. We reserve the right to withhold recommendation at our discretion.

 

Additional Information

For additional information regarding New York State Teaching Certificates, including time limits and specific criteria, can be obtained at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert.

For information on certificate requirements in other states contact the teacher certification bureau for that state.

 

Certification Application Process

For detailed certification application information, please click on your campus of study:

 

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