New York State High School Teacher Requirements

New York State high school teachers must all fulfill many core academic requirements to obtain certification. Continue reading to learn about the steps one must take to become a teacher in New York.

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New York high school teachers are among the highest-paid secondary school teachers in the United States. This fact, combined with strong demand for teachers in Central New York, are reasons aspiring teachers choose to pursue their certifications in New York.

Requirements & Salary for New York High School Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in New York (2016)* $81,410 (High School Teachers)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Adolescent Education
Testing Requirements edTPA, EAS, CST

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements

New York high school teachers must have a bachelor's degree. The state has several programs that are approved and will prepare students for a career teaching high school. Degrees in adolescent education will ensure that graduates acquire student teaching experience through their student teaching assignments. They also include core courses about instructing adolescent students, as well as teaching theories and methods for teaching specific subjects. Since high school teachers specialize in teaching specific subjects, they may choose between programs that will prepare them to teach a number of subjects at the post-secondary level, including English, mathematics, Spanish, physical education and biology. Students who successfully graduate from an approved program and receive a letter of recommendation for certification from their schools are eligible to pursue certification.

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Required Certification Tests

Qualifying for teacher certification involves passing the edTPA, the EAS test and the CST exam. Aspiring high school teachers must earn a score of 38 on the edTPA. The Educating All Students (EAS) test, which takes almost 2.5 hours to complete, costs $92. The passing score for the EAS is 500. The Content Specialty Test (CST) varies in length from three hours and fifteen minutes to three hours and twenty-five minutes. The cost of the CST is $134, no matter which subject area you're testing in. Passing scores may vary depending on what subject you're qualifying to teach. Most subjects, including English, mathematics and physical education, require a score of 520 to pass the CST. A score of 220 is needed to pass the visual arts CST.

Additional Certification Requirements

All teachers in New York must complete the Dignity For All Students Act workshop. They must provide their fingerprints and pass a background check to qualify for employment. A $50 fee must be paid when applying for initial certification, and applicants must provide transcripts and supporting documentation to demonstrate that they have a bachelor's degree and have fulfilled the requirements for initial certification. They must also establish proof of identity.

Teacher Certification Resources

Use the practice and study guide resources here to prepare to take the EAS exam. High school teachers should use the CST exam practice and study guide for the subject areas that they teach; the links to the math and English language arts CST practice and study guides are provided below.

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