How to Become a Technology Teacher in New York

Technology education teachers ensure that students have the computer and technological skills needed to compete in the job market. They facilitate the Department of Education's objectives to support the use of technology in education.

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The State of New York has the third-highest level of employment for teachers in elementary, middle and high school. Their elementary and middle school teachers are the highest paid teachers in the United States, while their high school teachers receive the second-highest average salaries in the country. Requirements to teach technology to these grade levels are outlined below.

New York Technology Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in New York (2016)* $72,510 (Kindergarten, Except Special Education); $77,330 (Elementary, Except Special Education); $78,060 (Middle School, Except Special and Career/Technical Education); $81,410 (High School, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Technology education
Testing Requirements EAS, CST in Technology Education, edTPA

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

All certified teachers in New York must have at least a bachelor's degree. There are two primary ways to pursue the academic requirements to be a technology education teacher for grades K-12. One is by earning a technology education degree from an approved program. The other is by having your program evaluated individually.

Students who earn a degree from an accredited, approved program complete a curriculum that incorporates many core requirements to obtain teacher certification. Technology teachers take a number of courses in subject areas such as English, math and science. They are also required to pass several education courses that prepare them to use different teaching methods and assess students. Graduation requires completing student teaching assignments, which ensure that graduates have practical teaching skills. Technology education programs also include courses in technology, liberal arts and science. Students who have earned a degree from an approved program must have a recommendation letter from their school to qualify for teacher certification.

Prospective teachers who do not pursue their degree through an approved program must earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. They are required to graduate with a 2.50 GPA. Eligibility includes earning 30 liberal arts and science credits, 30 technology education credits and 18 education course credits. To qualify for a teaching certificate through the individual evaluation pathway, applicants must also complete 40 days of student teaching in technology. The 18 education course credits include studies in human development, teaching students with special needs and teaching literacy skills. Other courses cover education philosophy and prepare students to develop curriculum plans, provide classroom instruction and evaluate students

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Step 2: Pass Certification Exams

The NYSTCE Educating All Students (EAS) exam must be passed by all aspiring teachers in order to qualify for certification. A score of 500 is now required to pass the EAS. This test costs $92. Taking the EAS involves registering for an exam time and paying the fee. It takes 2.25 hours to complete.

Technology education teachers must also pass either the NYSTCE Technology Education Content Specialty Test (CST) or the NYSTCE Safety Net Technology Education CST. Both tests cost $134. The Technology Education CST takes 3.25 hours, while the Safety Net Technology Education CST takes 4 hours to complete. A score of 520 is required to pass the Technology Education CST. Those who take the Safety Net CST must earn a score of 220 to pass.

The final evaluation involves a teaching portfolio designed to measure students' practical skills, known as the edTPA. As of 2018, K-12 teachers need a score of 38 on their portfolios to pass. Those scores will increase to 39 in 2020. In January 1, 2022, the passing score will be 40.

Step 3: Fulfill Additional Certification Requirements

The final steps that need to be taken to qualify for your teaching certificate in New York are to provide your fingerprints for a background check and take the Dignity For All Students Act workshop.

Individual evaluation pathway applicants are required to pass a background check after providing their fingerprints. They must also attend three workshops:

  • Dignity For All Students Act
  • School Violence Intervention and Prevention
  • Child Abuse Identification

Once these requirements have been completed, prospective teachers must apply for the initial certificate. This process involves providing proof of identity and copies of your transcripts. Approved program graduates must pay a fee of $50, while those who have pursued the individual evaluation route are required to pay a fee of $100.

Teacher Certification Resources

If you're getting ready to take the EAS exam, check out the link below to find a study guide that includes short video lessons and quizzes designed to prepare you for your testing appointment.

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