What do I need to know about professional licensure?

The Teacher Residency is a teacher preparation program which takes place across numerous states and includes online course work.  Our students, called teacher residents, participate in a year-long, supervised field experience both within and outside of New York State (NYS). NYU is authorized pursuant to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) to enroll students in supervised field experiences in the SARA states and territories. For further details regarding NYU’s SARA membership, please visit the NYU State Authorization website.  

The Teacher Residency conducts school-based field preparation activity in or near the following states and has made the following determination with respect to professional licensure (teacher licensure, certification, or credentialing) in those specific states. We have also included states that are within commutable distances from our partnering district/charter schools for your information.

SARA requires universities to disclose to applicants and students whether programs that lead to professional licensure meet educational requirements for licensure in those states in which students are doing learning placements, which we call your residency.

All states may require course descriptions in their determination of satisfactorily meeting state requirements or may require additional courses.

As a student in the program, you will receive guidance about the process for applying for certification/licensure in the states where we have district/charter partnerships once you are enrolled in the program.

State regulations change frequently, and the information posted here may have changed at the time of your specific application to or enrollment in our program of study.

Overview of professional licensure by state

California

State License Contact Info: California Commission on Teaching Credentialing
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidate must obtain New York State certification. Candidates must pass state-specific exams for Preliminary Credential and may need Autism Authorization for Special Ed in some school districts. Candidates graduating from our Students with Disabilities program may require a verification letter from NYU Steinhardt’s Office of Teacher Certification.

Connecticut

State License Contact Info: Connecticut State Department of Education
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidates must take state-specific exams and must have a state-specific out-of-state verification form.

Delaware

State License Contact Info: Delaware Department of Education
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidates must take state-specific exams and must have a state-specific out-of-state verification form.

Florida

State License Contact Info: Florida Department of Education
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidates must take state-specific exams and will have to undergo a state eligibility review which determines eligibility for a Temporary Certificate.

Maryland

State License Contact Info: Maryland State Department of Education
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidates must take state-specific exams.

Massachusetts

State License Contact Info: The Department of Early Education and Care
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidates must take state-specific exams and must have a state-specific out-of-state verification form.

New Jersey

State License Contact Info: State of New Jersey Department of Education
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidates must take state-specific exams and must have a state-specific out-of-state verification form.

Pennsylvania

State License Contact Info: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidates must take state-specific exams and must have a state-specific out-of-state verification form.

Vermont

State License Contact Info: State of Vermont Agency of Education
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? No
Additional Curriculum Requirements: Vermont does not have reciprocity with New York State and as such requires candidates to undergo a transcript review to determine license eligibility. It is unknown if the program meets Vermont teacher certification curriculum requirements.

Washington, DC

State License Contact Info: Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidates must take state-specific exams and must have a state-specific out-of-state verification form.

Virginia

State License Contact Info: Virginia Department of Education
Does the Teacher Residency meet the education requirements for licensure in this state? Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: Candidates must take state-specific exams and must have a state-specific out-of-state verification form.

Other states and territories

NYU Steinhardt has not made a determination with respect to the educational and professional licensure requirements for the following states and territories. If you are interested in pursuing licensure in any of these locations, please contact your enrollment specialist to discuss further.

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • US Virgin Islands