Updated January 2014

Our graduate and undergraduate programs are recognized by New York State Education Department (NYSED) as "approved teacher preparation program(s)" and as such prepare students to meet the requirements of Initial Certification in Visual Art, 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; 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; please go to the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) website for the list of the required tests. Old IRF forms are available in the ADE office (contact Lia Wilson at lwilso13@pratt.edu).

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, Pre-K-12. These courses may be taken at Pratt or transferred from another post-secondary institution.

  • Academic Courses (Master's degree students only)
  • Course in Child/Adolescent Development (3 credits)
  • Course in a Foreign Language (3 credits)

Completion of the following workshops (all students):

  • Child Abuse Identification Workshop  register
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop register
  • Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools 

Prevention and Intervention Workshops will be offered at Pratt Institute for current students. Contact lwilso13@pratt.edu for dates of next scheduled workshops 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 from the NYSTCE websiteTest Preparation Guides are also available from NYSTCE.

New York State Education Department - 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 at lwilso13@pratt.edu) or can be downloaded here. 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.

Required Supporting Documents

  • Unofficial transcript from the Registrar's Office
  • Official undergraduate transcript (if applicable)
  • Official 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)

What's Next?

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.


Aileen Wilson
Acting Chair of Art and Design Education
Steuben 315/316
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205