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New York corps members are certified to teach under a Transitional B license, which requires them to be enrolled in a master’s certification program throughout their two years of teaching. In order to qualify for the Transitional B certificate, all corps members are required to:
- Pass New York State Teaching Certification Exam(s) for their license area
- Complete two online workshops
- Pass a background check
- Complete an online application
- Enroll in and maintain good academic standing in their master’s certification program
Based upon their teaching position and corresponding license area, corps members in New York currently required to attend one of four graduate programs. Teach For America has reduced tuition partnerships with these universities to ensure the program costs are financially feasible for corps members. Our graduate programs offer New York corps members additional support and teaching resources throughout their two-year commitment. New York corps members can gain initial certification and a master’s degree in teaching by the end of their two-year commitment.
Common Certification Questions
How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
Certification can be obtained in two years through our partner universities.
Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
Is a master's degree required?
New York corps members are required to be enrolled in a master’s certification program throughout their two years of teaching.
Relay Graduate School of Education, Hunter College, Fordham University