New York State has more than 3 million students in more than 4,000 schools. New York State has teaching opportunities in cities, suburban areas, and rural districts.
In order to become a teacher in New York, you need to receive your New York State teacher certification. The process of receiving your New York State teacher certification consists of a combination of prerequisite requirements, teacher preparation, and required testing.
New York requires that you have a Bachelor’s degree in order to receive your New York State teacher certification. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree, New York has specific prerequisites based on the area in which you want to become a teacher..
After completing the prerequisite requirements, prospective teachers must go through a teach preparation curriculum that combines courses in development and pedagogy with hands-on classroom field work.
Following the completion of the New York State teacher preparation curriculum, prospective teachers must complete the necessary testing in order to receive their New York State teacher certification. New York’s basic skills test is the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations’ LAST (Liberal Arts and Science Test). In addition, teachers must pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations’ ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written) and the appropriate CST (Content Specialty Test).