How to Become an English Teacher in New York

English teachers in New York certify to teach middle childhood (grades 5-9) or adolescent (grades 7-12). They earn a degree in English education, pass several exams and pass a background check to be certified in New York.

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English teachers equip students with the skills needed to read and write effectively, and they introduce students to significant literary works and themes in literature. New York has high employment levels for elementary, middle and high school teachers, with only Texas and California employing higher numbers of educators for these grade levels, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016. According to that same source, this state also pays teachers some of the highest salaries nation-wide, which may attract aspiring English teachers to New York.

New York English Teacher Requirements

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

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Becoming an English teacher in New York typically involves completing a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a program approved by the state. These programs incorporate the academic and practical requirements that New York requires of certified teachers. Those planning to teach English will need to fulfill core course requirements in English. They are also required to earn liberal arts and science credits and must take a selection of education courses. These classes equip them with strategies for teaching English language arts, preparing curriculum plans and working with students with special needs. Approved programs also include student teaching assignments. All aspiring teachers that complete an approved program must receive a recommendation letter from their school to fulfill the requirements for the initial certificate.

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Step 2: Pass Certification Exams

Register For Required Exams

The registration fee for the Educating All Students (EAS) exam is $92. A fee of $134 is required when registering for the English Language Arts Content Specialty Test (CST). The edTPA registration requires payment of a $300 fee.

Earn Passing Scores on EAS, CST and edTPA

A score of 500 or higher is needed to pass the EAS. To be successful on the English Language Arts CST those who take the test must earn 520 or more. The edTPA evaluates the practical skills of aspiring teachers. Those planning to teach English must complete the English Language Arts edTPA. Elementary teachers needed a score of 46 to pass as of 2018 while middle and high school teachers are required to score 38 or higher. The passing scores for all teachers will increase by 1 in 2020. As of 2022, elementary teachers will need a 48 to pass; middle and high school teachers will need to score 40 or more.

Step 3: Fulfill Additional Certification Requirements

Applicants must complete the following additional requirements:

  • Pass a background check
  • Attend the Dignity For All Students workshop

After fulfilling the academic requirements, passing the certification exams and passing a background check, aspiring English teachers are ready to apply for their initial certificate and pay a fee of $50. They must also provide their transcripts and proof of identify when applying for the initial certificate.

Teacher Certification Resources

Individuals preparing to qualify for their initial certificate for teaching English can use the links here to study for the EAS exam and the English Language Arts CST.

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