UPDATE May 2021: Emergency COVID-19 Certificates (via NYSED)
"The validity period of the Emergency COVID-19 certificate has been extended from one year to two years in response to limited test center availability for certification exams during the pandemic. Individuals who currently hold an emergency certificate will automatically have one year added to their certificate’s expiration date in TEACH in the near future. They do not need to take any action to have the expiration date extended. Emergency certificates issued in the future will be valid for two years. There is no longer an option for an Emergency COVID-19 certificate renewal due to the extension of the certificate’s validity period. The Emergency COVID-19 certificate application deadline continues to be September 1, 2021."
Learn more: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/covid19-emergency.html
In New York State, classroom teachers, teaching assistants and some other school support staff are required to hold a valid state certificate. The State Education Department issues certificates in four major categories: classroom teaching titles, administrative and supervisory titles, pupil personnel service titles (i.e. school counselor, psychologist, social worker), and teaching assistant titles.
This site provides general information about certification in NY, responses to the most frequently asked questions that NYSUT receives, and links to available resources on becoming certified in New York State.