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The New York State Teacher Certification System

Under the New York State regulations, candidates who complete an approved teacher education program will be eligible for an initial license and must earn an approved masters degree within five years in order to qualify for a professional license. This professional license will not be valid for life, and teachers will have to satisfy a continuing professional education requirement in order to maintain their license. Additional information on state certification requirements can be found on the New York State Education Department’s site.

Important Note: Please note that state certification requirements are constantly being revised, and teacher candidates must satisfy the requirements in effect at the time of their certification application. It is the responsibility of the teacher candidate to keep abreast of any relevant changes.

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