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Teacher Certification

The following is a check list of Lehman’s requirements for New York State Teacher initial certification. Please review all details below.

  • Liberal Arts Credits Clearance (determined by area of concentration)
  • Complete the State Mandated Workshops
  • Complete Student Teaching/ Internship
  • Create a New York State TEACH Online Services Account
  • Graduate from an Approved Teacher Program
  • NY State teacher exams (NYSTCE)
  • Fingerprint clearance

Teacher Certification Details

Complete a New York State Approved Teacher Preparation Program:

Must successfully complete a supervised student teaching or internship course with a grade of B or better, if seeking an institutional recommendation.

Meet all liberal arts and sciences requirements:

Candidates seeking certification in the following areas will need their transcripts evaluated for liberal arts and sciences requirements. 

  • Early Childhood Education B-2
  • Childhood Education 1-6
  • Students with Disabilities – Early Childhood Education B-2
  • Students with Disabilities – Childhood Education 1-6
  • Students with Disabilities – Generalist 7-12
  • Speech With Language Disabilities K-12

Candidates applying for any of the following certificates:

  • Biology 7-12
  • Chemistry 7-12
  • Earth Science 7-12
  • English Language Arts 7-12
  • Mathematics 5-9
  • Mathematics 7-12
  • Music 7-12
  • Physics 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12
  • Teaching English to Speaker of Other Language K-12
  • Visual Arts K-12

Contact your program advisor to learn if you need to have your undergraduate transcript(s) evaluated for liberal arts and sciences requirements by the Certification Officer. If  you must have your transcripts evaluated, contact the Certification Officer.

Take the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE)

Visit New York State Teacher Certification Exams website for registration, scheduling, other testing information and a listing of all exams.

Educating All Students (EAS)

  • This test consists of selected-response items and constructed-response items. Each constructed-response item will share scenario-based stimulus material with several selected-response items.
  • The selected-response items count for 70% of the total test score and the constructed-response items count for 30% of the total test score. Each selected-response item counts the same toward the total test score. The percentage of the total test score derived from each of the constructed-response items.
  • The total testing time is 135 minutes. Candidates are free to set their own pace during the test administration. The following estimates were used to determine the total test time:
  • Each constructed-response item is designed with the expectation of a response up to 10 minutes.
  • The selected-response items are designed with the expectation of response time up to 105 minutes.

Teacher Performance Assessment  (EdTPA)

The new edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) requirements focus on five key dimensions of teaching: planning, instruction, assessment, written commentary about teaching practice, and academic language. The new rules are in effect in New York State for the spring 2014 graduating class and thereafter.As a performance-based assessment, completion of the requirements are embedded in the student-teaching classroom experience (usually in the last semester of a candidate’s program).

The assessments include rigorous written commentary, video submission, and assessments as evidence of teaching skill, but more importantly of student learning.

Each credential (content) area has its own “Handbook” that includes details and guidance about meeting your specific certification requirements. You will have access to your credential area handbook through your edTPA Taskstream account.

edTPA information is available for candidates at: and School of Education support page

Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)

The CSTs (except those for languages other than English) consist of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The CSTs for languages other than English include recorded listening and/or speaking components and writing components. The American Sign Language CST includes video-recorded signing components. CSTs measure knowledge and skills in the content area of the candidate's field of certification.

Bilingual Education Assessments (BEAs)

The BEAs consists of multiple-choice questions and constructed-response assignments. They include recorded listening and speaking components in English and include listening, speaking, reading, and writing components in the target language. The BEAs are required of candidates seeking a bilingual education extension to a certificate.

If you need help preparing for the New York State Teacher Certification Exams, Lehman College Office of Continuing Education offers preparation workshops for some of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams:

Complete the following mandated workshops:

All of the mandated workshops are offered by the Lehman College Office of Continuing Education (718) 960-8512

  • Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Exam
  • DASA (Dignity for All Students Act): Anti-bullying and Discrimination Training - State approved list of DASA Training Providers
  • School Violence Prevention (SAVE)
  • Autism (Only candidates who are applying for certification in Speech and LanguageDisabilities and Students with Disabilities)


  • The Lehman College School of Education (SOE) offers fingerprinting on-site twice a year for all SOE students. All students who are taking SOE courses and who need assistance with fieldwork or student teaching placement need fingerprint clearance from the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and can participate in one of the on-site fingerprinting sessions.
  • For additional finger printing information, please visit our Field Experience Forms and Information in the Professional Development Network website.
  • Once a student's prints are on file with NYCDOE, they should be transferred to the New York State Education Department for certification purposes. Complete the OSPRA 104 to grant New York City DOE permission to release copies of your fingerprints.

All applicants must create a NYSED TEACH account to apply for certification. Visit the NYSED at for more information.

For questions and assistance with certification, contact the Teacher Certification Office at 718 960-8423.