About this Pathway 4

This pathway is an alternative route to certification designed for candidates who already obtained have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field other than teaching and who are not employed in education and are seeking initial certification with a subject matter specialization.


To get a teaching certificate in this pathway, you need:

  1. Complete a non-degree certification program at an approved teacher preparation program in New York State
  2. Workshops
    a. Dignity For All Students Act (DASA) Workshop
    b. Child Abuse Identification Workshop
    c. School Violence Intervention and Prevention Workshop
  3. Fingerprint clearance


  • Enroll in an approved non-degree initial certification teacher preparation program at a college or University in New York State

This pathway ends with the candidate completing a non-degree program that allows the candidate to complete all coursework requirements for an initial teaching certification. Once the candidate completes the other New York State certification requirements, a candidate earns his or her initial teaching certification.

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