New York State Certification Requirements

NYS Initial Teaching Certificate Requirements

Technology education candidates must complete the baccalaureate degree before they can receive the New York State Initial Certificate in technology education. In addition, applicants for the initial certificate in technology education must pass three assessments of the NYS Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE), namely, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and the Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W), and the Content Specialty Test(CST).

Candidates for certification in specific career and technical education (CTE) subjects must hold a minimum of an associate degree (or its equivalent). Holders of the associate degree (or its equivalent) pass the ATS-W and must have at least two years of verifiable occupational experience. They must pass the LAST in order to receive the Professional Certificate in a CTE subject. However, applicants for the initial certificate who possess a baccalaureate degree must pass both the LAST and ATS-W and have two years of verifiable occupational experience.

All candidates for initial certification must also be fingerprinted. Early application for fingerprint clearance ensures that it is obtained in advance of submitting the application for certification, otherwise, issuance of the certificate can be delayed. Candidates who have been previously fingerprinted by New York City Department of Education should not apply to be fingerprinted again. Rather, they should go to NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE), Division of Human Resources at 65 Court Street, Room 102, in downtown Brooklyn to have their fingerprint information forwarded to the State Education Department. For more information about teacher certification, visit:

Occupational Competency Verification and Validation in CTE

The certificate program in CTE is designed for individuals who wish to teach in private trade schools or industrial training programs, where state teacher certification is not required. Non-degree students who do not need to complete a registered teacher preparation program receive a college issued certificate. The 12-credit program consists of four courses that are part of the baccalaureate degree program in Career and Technical Teacher Education. Completers of the certificate program may apply for the New York State Initial Certification through the individual evaluation pathway, if available at the time of completion of the certificate courses. In addition to the above testing requirements, all prospective students who will seek CTE teacher certification must be prepared to provide documentation of appropriate work experience in the occupational area for which they will ultimately seek certification. The duration of occupational experience that will be required depends on the student's previous educational background as follows: high school diploma or equivalent – four years; associate degree in appropriate occupation – two years.

Students who do not meet the work experience requirement but who received appropriate occupational training through a CTE high school or an associate degree program will be required to have a plan for acquiring the required work experience prior to applying for the initial certificate.

Degree-seeking students must also satisfy the occupational competency requirement in order to be eligible for graduation. The occupational competency requirement may be satisfied in any of the following ways:

  • CTE high schools Possessing an approved national or state license in the relevant career or technical specialty (for example, NYS Registered Nursing license, NYS Dental Assisting license and the FAA Airframe and Power Plant license); or
  • Boards of Cooperative Education services (BOCES) programs;Passing the performance and written tests of the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) in the relevant occupation; or
  • Completing at least 30 credits of college coursework at the associate or baccalaureate level in a relevant career or technical specialty.
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