Become a Teacher in New York

If you're planning to become a teacher in New York, you've got a lot to be optimistic about. With over 3 million students and more than 4,000 schools in environments ranging from rural upstate New York to the bustling city streets of Manhattan, opportunities for teachers are diverse and numerous. Not only that: New York teacher salaries were the highest in the nation in 2013-2014, according to the National Education Association—$75,279 on average.

Future New York Teachers
New York values education. In addition to revamping its Grade 3-8 testing standards and devoting considerable resources to improving graduation rates, New York received $700 million in federal Race to the Top grant funding. This is good news for teachers who would like to enter a newly rejuvenated educational system. And with an online certification application, it's easier than ever for prospective New York teachers to get started on their careers.

The prerequisites for certification include a bachelor's degree; completion of an approved teacher training program; and a passing score on a few critical tests: the New York State Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W), and any appropriate Content Specialty Tests (CSTs).

Current New York Teachers and School Administrators
The New York State Department of Labor reports that job prospects are very favorable for teachers at all levels, making it a great time to become a teacher in New York. The educational services sector as a whole is expected to grow jobs at the rate of 18 percent between 2008 and 2018.(1) In order to recruit and retain outstanding educators, New York has implemented a Teacher Incentive Fund program, giving teachers valuable feedback and performance-based compensation opportunities. For information on becoming a school administrator, read our article on that topic.

New York Teachers in Demand
If you want to become a teacher in New York, you know that you'll be helping educate the future generation. But New York provides its educators with other incentives. There are grants for teacher mentors, grants for teachers seeking certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a Troops-to-Teachers grant program, and a Teacher Opportunity Corps grant to attract teachers from historically underserved groups or disadvantaged communities.

Scroll down to research the best teacher training programs on Teacher World, and learn how to become a teacher in New York!

Sources:
New York State Education Department, unless otherwise indicated;
(1) Employment Projections and Jobs in Demand, New York State Department of Labor

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Math (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education with Credential (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Science (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - Math (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - K-12 Leadership (Online)
  • B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure) (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies - Biblical Studies (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies - Youth Ministry (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Christian Leadership (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Pastoral Ministry (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Urban Ministry (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Youth Ministry (Online)
  • M.Div. in Global Ministry (Online)
  • M.Div. in Worship Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Special Education (Online)
  • Ed.S. in K-12 Leadership (Online)

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University of Southern California - Rossier School of Education

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - TESOL (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Teaching Credential (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Special Education Credential (Online)
  • Master of Education in Advanced Instruction (Online)
  • Master's of Education - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master's of Education with Special Education Credential (Online)

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Ashford University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Applied Linguistics (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - English (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - History (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Military Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Political Science and Government (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Assessment & Measurement (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Child Development (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Culturally Responsive Education (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Curriculum & Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Distance Learning (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Education & Public Policy (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Educational Technology Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - English Language Learner (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Family and Community Services (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Library and Media (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Mathematics Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Reading Literacy (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - School Leadership in the 21sts Century
  • Master of Arts - Education - Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Teacher Leader (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Teaching & Learning with Technology (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Teaching & Learning with Technology - Online Educator (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Child Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education - Infant and Toddler Care (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education Administration (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education Administration - Infant and Toddler Care (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Education Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - English Language Learner Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Instructional Design (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Library Science and Media (Online)

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MS in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation
  • BS in Early Childhood Development
  • BSPY - Child Development
  • BS in Liberal Studies
  • MA in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12)
  • MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • MS in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership
  • MS in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning
  • MS in Higher Education - Online College Teaching
  • MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs
  • MSE in Instructional Technology (K-12)
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations
  • Master of Science in Health Education

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Online)
  • Master of Education - Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Education - Teaching and Learning (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education

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Antioch University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Individualized Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Literature and Creative Writing Concentration

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Saint Joseph's University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Graduate Certificate Instructional Technology Specialist (Online)
  • MS in Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing w/PA Hearing Impaired K-12 (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education (with Wilson Reading Certification) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education with Autism spectrum Disorders' Endorsement (Online)
  • Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (Online)
  • Pennsylvania Hearing Impaired K-12 Certification (Online)
  • Special Education Certification (Online)

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Our Lady of the Lake University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Special Education (Online)

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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Medaille College

Campuses: Buffalo

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education - Students with Disabilities
  • Master of Science in Education - Elementary Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Literacy
  • Master of Science in Education - Literacy
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Students with Disabilities

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Campuses: Rochester

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science for Teachers in Visual Art - All Grades

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*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.

Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.

On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook