How do we know if our CTE teachers hold the appropriate and valid NYS CTE certifications for our program’s approval?

How do we know if our CTE teachers hold the appropriate and valid NYS CTE certifications for our program’s approval?

  • The CTE Teacher certification must align to the program of study and the courses being taught. 
  • To confirm the status of a teaching certificate school leaders may review the New York State Office of Teaching Initiative’s Teacher Certification Lookup to confirm the date of expiration of a teaching certificate. 
  • Career and Technical Education teachers may hold a Transitional A (valid for 3 years), Initial (valid for 5 years) or a Professional certificate. 
  • Teaching certificates must be valid in order for students to earn CTE credits towards a technical endorsement in an approved program of study.
  • Teaching certificates set to expire within the first year of a program’s approval should provide evidence of the teacher’s application for the initial or professional certificate.

Lessons Learned:

  • New York City uses a licensing system which is aligned to the New York State certification process. Teachers may hold more than one state certification. The New York State approval process requires teachers to be New York State CTE certified for their CTE subject area. 
  • CTE certifications also require teachers to maintain their professional credentials. For example: This is true for CTE programs of study in health careers where a Registered Nurse is required to maintain a professional license in New York State. 
  • For programs applying for re-approval it is critically important to review the status of certification credentials of all CTE teachers to ensure those staff members who hold Transitional A or Initial certifications are still valid and have not expired.