Teaching Degrees in New York

Those interested in pursuing a teaching degree in New York should know some important information, including:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • New York teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in New York.

Teaching Degrees in New York

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum education credential required in order to obtain teaching certification in New York. There are currently 77 colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in New York. A remarkable 77.6 percent of New York teachers hold a master’s degree or higher. These teachers earn nearly $7,500 per year more than their bachelor’s degree counterparts.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in New York

There are a variety of scholarships and grants to help with the cost of earning a teaching degree in New York. Some examples are:

Columbia University Teaching College
The Fulbright Program for Teaching College students at Columbia University is available to those interested in pursuing advanced studies in elementary and secondary education.

Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education
The New York State PTA offers this scholarship to high school seniors preparing for a teaching career who plan to attend a college in New York.

Math for America – New York City
The MƒA NY Fellowship is a five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals make a commitment to teach math in New York City public secondary schools. MƒA NY Fellows receive a full-tuition scholarship for a master’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education especially designed for MƒA Fellows at the City University of New York (CUNY) and a $40,000 stipend.

Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for full-time New York City local government employees pursuing a master’s at accredited colleges/universities in the metropolitan area. Studies must focus education, nursing, computer science, public administration, social work, business, law or engineering.

NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarships
This scholarship is available to students pursuing careers in secondary education as math or science teachers. Scholarships are granted upon an agreement that the student will teach for a minimum of five years as a full time secondary math or science teacher.

SUNY Cortland Teaching Scholarships
SUNY Cortland offers numerous scholarships for students majoring in the various areas of teacher education.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
This federally funded grant program awards up to $4,000 per year to students currently pursuing a teaching degree in New York, providing the student demonstrates financial need. Students must agree to work in a high-need school for a minimum of four years.

Teach NYC Scholarship Program
This scholarship is available to students seeking a master’s degree in education and teaching certification.

University of Rochester
The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester offers scholarships to students preparing to teach in the area of special education, with a specialized focus on students with significant disabilities in high-needs schools.

New York Teacher Certification

New York currently offers eight types of teaching certificates/licenses. These are:

  • Administration and Pupil Personnel Services – For dental hygiene teachers, school counselors, etc.
  • Career and Technical Teacher – For technical and vocational education teachers.
  • Reciprocity for Teaching and Administrative Licensure – For classroom teachers.
  • Classroom Teacher – Foreign Languages – For classroom teachers certified in foreign languages.
  • Classroom Teacher Extensions – For teachers possessing expertise in a subject area that extends the grade validity or subject area.
  • Classroom Teacher Extensions – Foreign Languages – For teachers possessing expertise in a foreign language that extends the grade validity or subject area.
  • Other Extensions – For teachers that extend the validity of another certificate by reflecting additional qualifications such as bilingual education, sign language or gifted education.
  • Other School Service – For adult educators, teaching assistants and others.

New York state teacher certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Successful completion of an approved, accredited educator preparation program
  • Student teaching experience
  • Successful completion of the New York Assessment of Teaching Skills Written, Liberal Arts and Science Test, and Content Specialty Tests
  • Fingerprinting and background check

New York does require teachers to participate in professional development in order to maintain and build additional knowledge and skills. The state requires a minimum of 175 professional development hours to be eligible for re-certification, while teaching assistants must complete a minimum of 75 hours.

Additional Resources about Teaching in New York

The following resources provide additional information for those pursuing teaching degrees in New York.

New York State Education Department
The state of New York’s comprehensive site provides information and resources for individuals that are in pursuit of a teaching degree in New York.

New York City Department of Education
Individuals interested in teaching careers in New York City can find an extensive amount of information on schools, teaching programs and more.

New York State United Teachers
NYSUT is a federation of more than 1,200 local teachers’ unions, each representing its own members.

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