Become Certified to Teach in Rochester

There are several requirements you must meet to obtain a New York State teacher certificate and to teach in a Rochester classroom. You may seek certification in one — or  multiple! — certification areas. To obtain certification, you’ll need to select a certification area or areas; follow the prescribed pathway to certification/s; complete all certification exams; and apply for the certification/s. Learn more below!

Eligibility

Get started on your path to teaching by reviewing New York State’s teacher eligibility requirements.

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Teacher Certificates and Requirements

The New York State Education Department offers several teaching certificates. You’ll need one to teach in Rochester. Choose the right certificate for you and learn more about what you need to do to apply for it.

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Applying for Certification

Now that you have selected your certificate and completed the certification requirements, you are ready to apply for your teacher certification. Follow these steps to complete your application for New York State certification.

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Questions?

For specific questions on how to get certified, please contact Monroe #1 BOCES or New York State Education Department (NYSED):

Monroe #1 BOCES Teacher Certification Office
Website: https://www.monroe.edu/domain/23
Contact: Amanda Bayer, Regional Certification Evaluator
Email: Amanda_Bayer@boces.monroe.edu
Phone: 585-383-2208

New York State Department of Education Office of Teaching Initiatives 
Website: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/
Email: tcert@nysed.gov
Phone: (518) 474-3901