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three paintings, in a row, one painting of a mans face, with beard, a painting of a teens faces, with glasses and a painting of a mans face, different colored eyes, asymmetric strokes
The paintings on this page were created by high school students in the Saturday Art School under the direction of student teachers DeAndra Craigman and Danielle White

Updated August 2023

Certification Programs

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 website 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. Pratt Institute’s Teacher Certification Packet is available here

Certification Requirements

In order to be recommended for NYSED Initial Certification in Visual Arts, Pre-K–12, students must have completed an “approved teacher preparation program” and the following curricular and non-curricular requirements, workshops and tests. We recommend that those are completed as you move through the program so that by the time you have finished your last semester, you will have completed everything you will need to apply for certification.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) Teach Account

First, students must open an account with the New York State Education Department TEACH System, select Initial Certification in Visual Art, all grades (Pre-K-12), pay the $50 fee, verify, and update their  profile. You are responsible for regularly monitoring your TEACH accounts for accuracy. The TEACH account records and verifies your progress towards certification. Instructions for using TEACH online are available here.

Complete the Following Workshops:

Child Abuse Identification Workshop (register)
School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop (register)
DASA: Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools (6-hour workshop)

The DASA workshop will be offered at Pratt Institute every Fall for current students only. Contact for the date of the next scheduled workshop and to register. If you take the DASA workshop outside of Pratt it must be taken with a provider approved by NYSED and it will be at your own expense.

Earn a Passing Score on the Following Exams:

Educating all Students (EAS)
Content Specialty Test (CST)

*Note: The test and test score dates are available from the NYSTCE website. Test Preparation Guides are also available from NYSTCE.

    Successful Completion of Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA):

    Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)

    All students in the certification tracks are required to complete and pass TPA before graduation to be recommended for certification.

    What’s Next?

    Complete the Institutional Recommendation 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 Jonell Joshua at Completed forms 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 received and approved by the ADE Office, they are turned over to the Registrar for review and the student is then “recommended” for certification. 

    N.B. Students who are NOT currently in one of our “approved programs” leading to certification, should contact NYS Office of Teaching Initiatives directly for more information.


    Louise Butler 
    Assistant Chair of Art and Design Education
    Certification Officer

    Jonell Joshua
    Assistant to the Chair of Art and Design Education

    Art and Design Education
    Main building, room 202
    Pratt Institute
    200 Willoughby Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11205