The Initial Certificate is the entry-level teaching certificate for anyone who has completed a New York State teacher preparation program, or equivalent coursework and experience. All candidates applying for their first Initial Certification must have completed a NYS Registered Program and receive an Institutional Recommendation.
- A certificate of this type is issued as the entry-level certificate for classroom teachers (issued in specific subject/grade titles) and the entry-level certificate for the School Building Leader (SBL)
- $50 based on completion of a New York State approved program (with Institutional Recommendation)
- $100 using all other pathways
Paper Certificate is NOT printed at the time of issuance. Verify this certification in the TEACH System.
Holders of this type of certificate may apply for a printed certificate.