updated January 2014
All of our programs (graduate and undergraduate) are recognized by New York State Education Department as "approved teacher preparation program(s)" and as such prepare students to meet the requirements of Initial Certification in Visual Art, all grades (Pre K-12).
This page directs students to certification information but does not replace the State websites on certification. It is a student’s responsibility to visit the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives website to keep abreast of changes to certification requirements and to visit the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations website for all test and submission dates and fees.
For those who completed one of our "approved teacher preparation program(s)" prior to April 30, 2014 and who have completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014 go to the New York State Teacher Certification Examination website for the list of the required tests. Old IRF forms are available in the ADE office (contact Lia Wilson - email@example.com).
CURRENT CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to completing one of our approved programs, students must fulfill the following requirements before being “recommended” for New York State Education Department Initial Certification in Visual Arts, PreK-12.
Academic Courses (Masters students only)
Course in Child/Adolescent Development (3 credits)
Course in a Foreign Language (3 credits)
These courses may be taken at Pratt or transferred from another post-secondary institution.
Completion of the following workshops (all students):
Child Abuse Identification Workshop — Click to register and take online
School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop — Click to register and take online
Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention Workshops will offered at Pratt Institute for current students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for date of next scheduled workshop and to register.
These workshops must all be taken with a provider approved by NYSED.
Passing scores on the following tests and assessments:
Educating all Students (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Content Specialty Test (CST)
Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
N.B. The EdTPA test and test score dates are available here.
Test Preparation Guides are available here.
NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (NYSED) - TEACH SYSTEM
Prior to graduation, students must open an account with New York State Education Department TEACH system, select Initial/Professional or Professional Certification in Visual Art, all grades (Pre K-12), pay the $50 fee, and verify and update their profiles. Students are responsible for regularly monitoring their TEACH accounts for accuracy. Instructions for using TEACH online are available here.
INSTITUTIONAL RECOMMENDATION REQUEST FORM
In order to be “recommended” for certification, students must complete an Institutional Recommendation Form (IRF) form prior to graduation. These forms are available from the ADE office (contact Lia Wilson - email@example.com) or can be downloaded here (PDF to be added). Completed forms, with all supporting documents attached, must be submitted to the ADE Office—either in person or by mail—at the completion of the program/graduation.
Once the completed IRF forms and all supporting documents are approved by the ADE Office, they are turned over to the Registrar for review and the student is then "recommended” for certification. Provided all steps are completed, NYS certification "effective" dates are February 1 and September 1.
Students who are NOT currently in one of our “approved programs” leading to certification, should contact NYS Office of Teaching Initiatives for more information.
Acting Chair of Art and Design Education
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205