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Public School Teacher


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:

New York State teachers, administrators, and pupil personnel service providers are required to hold a New York State certificate for employment in the State’s public schools. The Office of Teaching Initiatives issues certificates to certify that an individual has met required degree, coursework, assessment, and experience requirements. There are numerous certificates titles in three major categories: classroom teaching, administrative and supervisory, and pupil personnel service (e.g., school counselor, psychologist, social worker).

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:

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 2/8/21.

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