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Public School Teacher Pupil Personnel Service Provider Administrator


A public school teacher plans and provides instruction and material for the common branch subjects in the lower and upper elementary grades; academic subjects at the middle and secondary grade level such as English, mathematics, the sciences and social studies; special subjects such as music, physical education, occupational education, teaching students with disabilities at the early childhood, childhood, middle childhood, and secondary levels.

Certification Requirements:

Applicants for certification to teach in New York State public school must file an application for a teaching certificate with the New York State Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives. Applications are submitted online through the Office of Teaching Initiatives' TEACH Online Services system at:

Teachers seeking Permanent or Professional Certification to teach in New York State must be U.S. citizens or hold U.S. permanent residency. The latest information and requirements for teaching licensure are available on the website of the New York State Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives at and click on Certification.

Certification Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of Teaching Initiatives
Education Building 5N
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3901

Standard Occupational Classifcation:

25-2012, 25-2021, 25-2022, 25-2023, 25-2031,25-2032, 25-2052 - Teacher, Primary, Secondary and Special Education
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

United Federation of Teachers
52 Broadway
New York, New York 10004
Phone: (212) 777-7500

New York State United Teachers
800 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, New York 12110-2455
Phone: (518) 213-6000


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/04/14.

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