How to Become a History Teacher in New York

New York history teachers must fulfill several academic and practical training requirements. These include successfully completing their approved degree programs, passing the certification exams, and completing various training workshops.

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History teachers in the state of New York are classified as social studies teachers. It is possible to be certified for grades 5 through 9 or to complete certification to teach grades 7 through 12. How to become a certified social studies teacher is outlined here.

New York History Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in New York (2016)* $77,330 (Elementary School); $78,060 (Middle School); $81,410 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education with emphasis in Social Studies
Testing Requirements edTPA, EAS, CST

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Aspiring teachers must earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited postsecondary institution. New York provides a list of programs they approve for state certification, and those who are planning on pursuing a teaching career in the state of New York will want to ensure that they choose a school with a pre-approved program that includes a supervised student teaching component. Those who wish to teach social studies in grades 5 through 9 will have the option to fulfill their requirements as either a specialist or generalist. Individuals who want to teach in grades 7 through 12 will complete courses in educational pedagogy, the arts and sciences, with a social studies core that includes classes in government, economics, geography, and history (world and U.S.). Students must also be recommended for certification by their college or university.

Step 2: Complete Certification Requirements

Once the degree and practical experience requirements are met, those planning to become certified social studies teachers in the state of New York must pass a number of tests. This involves registering and paying to take the exams. Earning 500 or higher is required to pass the Educating All Students (EAS) exam. To qualify as a social studies teacher, it's also necessary to pass the Content Specialty Test (CST) for social studies with a score of at least 520. In addition, those seeking certification must pass either the edTPA test for middle childhood history/social studies for teaching grades 5 through 9 or the edTPA for secondary history/social studies to teach grades 7 through 12. As of 2018, a score of 46 is required for the elementary edTPA, and a score of 38 is needed to pass the edTPA for other grade levels.

Step 3: Additional Requirements

To be a certified teacher in the state of New York there are additional training requirements that must be fulfilled. All teachers must complete workshops that equip them to identify the signs of child abuse and deal with violence. They are also required to complete six hours of training about bullying, harassment and discrimination. A criminal background check is also required.

Teacher Certification Resources

The links provided here lead to resources that will help prepare you to take your teacher certification exams in New York.

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