In order to hold an art and design teaching position in New York State, a candidate must be certified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as having met requirements to teach art at a particular grade level. In New York City, a candidate is also required to hold a license (Visual Art K-12), issued by the NYC Department of Education. Candidates are encouraged to visit our website as well as the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives website to keep themselves abreast of all updates and fees. Our programs are designed to give our graduates the knowledge and preparation needed to meet the requirements of Initial Certification in Visual Art, all grades (PreK-12) and are recognized by New York State Education Department as "Approved Teacher Preparation Pathway(s)."
The following requirements must be fulfilled prior to graduation and making an application for the Initial Teaching Certificate.
Two course that may be taken at Pratt or transferred from another school:
- College course in child/adolescent development/psychology (3 credits)
- College level foreign language (3 credits)
- Workshop in Child Abuse Prevention. Click to register and take online.
- Workshop in Life Safety and Violence Prevention (previously Fire and Life Safety). Click to register and take online.
- Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). Workshops will offered at Pratt Institute Manhattan Campus in the fall and spring to current ADE students. Email email@example.com to register.
- You must get fingerprinted in order to be certified. Apply and pay for fingerprinting online through TEACH and then go to New York City Department of Education, 65 Court Street, Room 102, Brooklyn NY to be fingerprinted.
Teaching Certification Exams (NYSTCE) are part of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for initial state certification as a teacher of visual arts, Pre-K through HS. There are three required exams for New York State Teacher Certification in Visual Arts:
- Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
- Assessment of Teaching Skills–Written (Elementary or Secondary) (ATS-W)
- Content Specialty Test-Visual Arts Content (CST)
Test Preparation Guides are available here.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
This exam has multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. Examinees are asked to demonstrate conceptual and analytical skills, as well as multicultural awareness. The test covers scientific, mathematical, and technological processes; historical and social scientific awareness; artistic expression and the humanities; communication and research skills; and written analysis and expression.
Elementary or Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills- Written (ATS-W)
Upon completion of the Pratt ADE program, graduates are eligible to teach from the Pre-K-12th grade levels. However, you still need to take ONE of the two ATS-W exams to receive certification. You are NOT limited to teaching on the level for which you take the exam. Both exams are multiple-choice with a writing component. Each measures professional and pedagogical knowledge for the appropriate level.
Content Specialty Test (CST)
Students must take the CST in Visual Arts. The CST consists of multiple-choice questions and a writing component. This exam tests your knowledge of visual arts and processes, principles and elements of art and design, visual arts and culture, and aesthetic and interdisciplinary connections.
The Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) test should be taken NO LATER than three semesters before graduation. This allows time to re-take the test in case of a failing score (below 80%). Once a passing score is achieved, that score will count, no matter how early in your program it is taken. You can wait until early in the final year before graduation to take the other exams unless you feel that you will have problems.
***Important information for candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014***
The NYSED has announced that candidates applying for certification on or after May 1st, 2014 will be required to take certain new exams. It is important that candidates keep up with these changes and regularly visit the NYSTC website for the most up to date information.
One of the requirements of an "approved teacher preparation pathway" is completion of the Institutional Recommendation Request (IRR) form. Obtain an Institutional Recommendation Request form in the ADE office or download it here. Return the completed form to the ADE Office in person or by mail along with all supporting documents:
- Unofficial transcript from the Registrar's Office
- Offical undergraduate transcript (if applicable)
- Offical transcripts indicating completion of the foreign language and/or child and adolescent development requirements (if applicable)
- Child Abuse Prevention Workshop - Certificate of Completion
- Life Safety and Violence Prevention Workshop - Certificate of Completion
- "Verification of Experience" form (for those applying for NYS Professional Experience)
New York State Education Department (NYSED) - TEACH
All candidates can access their initial certification through the TEACH system. First open an account at TEACH online services, select initial/professional or professional certification in visual arts (K-12), pay the $50 fee and verify and update your profile. Check that all test results and fingerprinting clearance have been posted if completed. It is important to regularly monitor your TEACH account for accuracy. Instructions for using TEACH online are available here.
Students in our art and design education programs leading to Initial or Professional certification at Teachers College are eligible for NY State teacher certification, upon satisfaction of all NYSED certification requirements and degree/program requirements. Directly after graduation and on completion of all certification requirements submit the IRR form to the ADE office. Once all documents are examined, you will be "approved" for certification. Provided all steps are completed NYS certification "effective" dates are February 1 and September 1.
Students who are NOT currently in our programs registered with NYS, as 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
Tel: (718) 636 3637