Elementary School Teacher Requirements in New York

Central New York is currently enjoying a high rate of demand for qualified elementary teachers. This article looks at the steps involved in becoming a certified elementary school teacher in the State of New York.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the state of New York is the highest-paying state in the U.S. for elementary teachers. It also offers the third-highest employment level for elementary teachers, with only California and Texas employing more elementary teachers.

New York Elementary Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in New York (2016)* $77,330 (Elementary Teachers)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Childhood Education
Testing Requirements edTPA, EAS, CST

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

A bachelor's degree in childhood education is required to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher in New York. Students are required to earn a Bachelor of Science and focus on teaching childhood education, although some schools offer a dual-degree option in childhood education and early childhood education. Students will learn approaches to education and strategies for teaching literacy and math skills. Elementary teachers are also expected to complete studies in child psychology and teaching methods for elementary school. They will also have opportunities to learn about multicultural issues in education and special education. Completing student teaching assignments is required for graduation. Some programs also offer internship opportunities.

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Step 2: Pass Certification Exams

As of 2018 elementary education teachers needed to earn a score of 46 to pass the edTPA. This is one of the three exam requirements that apply to all teachers in New York, including elementary teachers. All teachers are required to take the Educating All Students (EAS) exam. It costs $92 to take the EAS exam and a score of 500 is needed to pass. Elementary teachers must also take the Content Specialty Test (CST) for Multi-Subject - Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1-Grade 6). The CST has three sections that cover literacy and language arts, mathematics and arts and science. The CST takes 5.5 hours to complete. The passing score for the CST is 520.

Step 3: Fulfill Additional Certification Requirements

To become a certified teacher in New York it is necessary to have a recommendation letter from your postsecondary institution. You also need to complete the Dignity For All Students Act workshop. Aspiring teachers are also required to provide their fingerprints for a background check prior to receiving their initial teaching certification.

Teacher Certification Resources

Use the links here to access materials to prepare for the EAS and CST exams to earn certification to teach elementary school in New York.

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