NYS teachers, administrators, and pupil personnel service providers are required to hold a NYS certificate to be employed in the state’s public schools. The certificates are issued by the Office of Teaching Initiatives, and certify that an individual has met the degree, coursework, assessment, and experience requirements.

One of the complex issues related to CTE is meeting the NYS teacher certification requirements. The state offers many options and paths to assist schools and individuals to ensure that highly qualified and certified CTE teachers are available to teach. The NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives provides extensive guidance on CTE Teacher Certification Requirements