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Teacher Certification Requirements

Complete information about all of New York State's certification requirements can be found at the Office of Teaching website at  You may apply electronically, as well as monitor your account by registering for TEACH online.

NY State Teacher Certification Exam Information

Workshop Information

The following workshops are required for certification:

Child Abuse Workshop:
Violence Workshop:

Education Workers Group is a NYS approved provider for online workshops that are required for certain certifications (to find what workshops your certification requires, go to TEACH online and click on "Search Certification Requirements). To find the website for links to the workshops go to New York State Certified Workshops

  • Child Abuse Prevention Workshop
  • School Violence Prevention Workshop (NY)
  • Needs of Students with Autism Online Course
Teaching Assistants Pursuing Certification

Please visit  Click on the link for Teaching Assistant certificate information.

How do I get a teaching assistant certificate?
All teaching assistants must have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent.

If you have a valid New York State Teaching Certification, you do not need a teaching assistant license.

All candidates who apply on or after February 2, 2004 for a credential to work as a teaching assistant in New York State must apply with a TEACH online account, and proof of completion of the two workshops, Child Abuse and Violence, must also accompany the application.

Once you pass the New York State Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS), you meet the requirements to apply for a certificate. For information on how to register to take the test, test sites, etc. see The test fee is $35. You can register to take the test on the Internet or by telephone at (413) 256-2882 for an additional $20, or by mail for an additional $5.

To obtain a TEACH online account, register at

Administrator Certification

For complete information, visit