Early Childhood Education (BA)
The Early Childhood Education (BA) program leads to New York State initial certification to teach Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2) in New York State.
Students who are completing or have completed the program will apply for their certification through the New York State Education Department TEACH Online Services. Students apply for initial certification in their final semester.
The School of Education reserves the right not to recommend for certification any student who has committed a serious breach of professional ethics or behavior.
The Initial Certificate is the entry-level teaching certificate and is valid for five years. Teacher candidates who graduate from the Early Childhood Education (BA) program will be recommended for initial certification.
Students apply and pay for their certification in their final semester.
The Professional Certificate is an advanced certificate. In order to apply for professional certification, teachers must earn a master’s degree and complete three years of full-time, paid teaching experience including one year of mentored teaching.
Candidates seeking initial certification must fulfill the following requirements before applying:
1. Pass all required New York State Teacher Certification Exams
- Educating All Students (EAS)
- Content Specialty Test (CST) – Multi Subject Teachers of Early Childhood
- Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). Consult with your program coordinator about when to start and submit for the edTPA.
Register for an exam at the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations website.
Need help preparing? The Hunter College School of Education Center for Career, Professional & Partnership Development (CPPD) conducts test preparation workshops regularly. Learn about upcoming Test Preparation Workshops.
For information regarding exam safety nets consult the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
2. Complete NY State Certification required workshops and submit to the Office of Academic and Students Affairs (OASA)
All applications for NY State certification require that students take and complete the workshops listed below.
Upon completion of workshops, students must submit their workshop certification(s) to the Office of Academic & Student Affairs so that their CUNYfirst account can be updated.
School Violence Intervention and Prevention
This workshop is included in coursework for your program.
Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
This workshop is included in coursework for your program.
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop
Students may take this workshop through Hunter College’s Continuing Education department or with another approved provider through the New York State Education Department (NYSED) website.
3. Clear fingerprints with the New York State Education Department (NYSED)
All students in programs leading to New York State certification need to have their fingerprints cleared by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for New York State certification.
Visit the Fingerprinting for Hunter College School of Education Students to learn how to obtain fingerprint clearance.
When to Apply
Students must fulfill all exam, workshop, and security clearance requirements before applying for initial certification in their final semester. Students apply for certification through the New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH Account.
How to Apply for Initial Certification
The following is a step-by-step guide to apply for initial certification through the New York State Department of Education’s TEACH Account.
1. Create/Log in to your TEACH Account
Students must create/log in to their New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH Account.
2. Verify/Update Profile
The Verify/Update Profile section will ask for education and employment history. For educational history, provide information from bachelor’s degree to present. For employment history enter all full-time, paid teaching experiences in both public and private schools.
Hunter College is an approved New York Teacher Certification Program. When prompted provide the following information:
- Award Title: Bachelor of Arts
- Program Code: 37691 – EARLY CHILDHOOD ED, BIRTH – GR 2
- Major: Education
- Enter all full-time, paid teaching experience (in both public and private schools).
3. Select Certificate(s)
Enter the following information for the certificates section.
- Select your Area of Interest: Classroom Teacher
- Select your Subject Area: Early Childhood Education
- Select the Grade Level: Early Childhood – Birth – Grade 2
- Select the Title: Early Childhood Education Birth – Grade 2
- Select your Certificate Type: Initial
Students must add each certificate they want to apply for.
On the next page, enter the Program Code 37691.
4. Sign Affidavit
5. Confirm and Sign Application
6. Make Payment
We recommend paying by credit card for ease of tracking.
7. Review Application Transaction Summary
This will help you keep track of what you need to do in order to obtain your certificate.
There are two certificate statuses in the TEACH account: “not ready to review” and “ready to review.” Prior to graduation a student’s application is marked “not ready to review.” Once a student has met all the requirements, has institutional recommendation, and their graduation has posted, the status will change to “ready to review.” The New York State Department of Education will then review the application.
Students applying for certification or licensure in states other than New York must complete the Out of State Certification and Licensure Form.
Registering for New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE)
During the registration process enter all 9s when prompted for your Social Security Number (SSN). Once you do receive a Social Security Number, you will need to fax a copy of your Social Security Number card and Passport to the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) with a cover letter including your assigned New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) ID number to request they change your temporary Social Security Number replacement with your assigned Social Security Number.
The fax number for New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) is 413-256-7088. Follow up a few days later to ensure they have received your fax. The phone number for New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) is 413-256-2882.
Registering for the edTPA without a Social Security Number
International students without a valid Social Security Number (SSN) should leave the Social Security Number section blank. Do not enter any numbers, including a temporary number assigned by the NYCDOE. You will see a message stating “The Social Security Number that you entered is not valid. If you do not have a valid Social Security Number please click here.”
In the next window you must confirm you do not have valid Social Security Number. The system will let you proceed with the registration process at this point.
Applying for NYSED TEACH Account without a Social Security Number
You do not need to wait for a Social Security Number (SSN) to create an account on the NYSED TEACH system. If you do not have a valid Social Security Number, you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a TEACH Access Number first. The access number is only for use with TEACH and meeting requirements for New York State teacher certification. If you do get a social security number, you must notify NYSED.
If you apply for OPT the process will generate a Social Security Number which you will use to create your TEACH account and apply for New York State Department of Education teaching certification. You should apply for OPT as soon as you can, but you cannot apply earlier than 90 days before your program completion date.
For general instructions on setting up your NYSED TEACH account, please refer to the Certification and Licensure section on this program page.
New York City Department of Education Employment with OPT once your NYS Certificate has issued
International students cannot apply for employment with New York City Public Schools until they have a Social Security Number (SSN). International students may qualify for employment in New York City public schools once they hold New York State certification and hold an OPT visa. You will be ineligible to apply to work for the New York City Department of Education unless you hold OPT authorization, have a Social Security Number and your New York State certification has issued. Candidates fitting the above criteria may apply online to the New York City Department of Education. Once the application is received and reviewed, further instructions will follow. This policy is subject to change at any time.
If you have questions regarding certification, contact The Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) at email@example.com or meet with the Administrative Advisor for support.