Follow the steps below to learn more about new NYS Computer Science Certification resources and programs, including the Statement of Continued Eligibility and graduate programs.
Disclaimer: The information below is offered as advice from our volunteer coalition team, but should always be double checked on NYSED websites and resources for up to date information.
The Statement of Continued Eligibility gives existing CS teachers 10 years to complete certification requirements. It must be submitted by Sept 2024 and is now available on the TEACH system. Read more on the NYSED SOCE website.
Individuals who already hold a teaching certificate may pursue an additional certificate in computer science by meeting specific computer science coursework. Several approved programs are listed below.
NEW: Other CS certification pathways, including Individual Evaluation, are available in TEACH as of March 2023!
An individual may pursue a bachelor’s degree or master's degree in an approved educator preparation program leading to an initial certificate in computer science. See the masters and bachelors degrees in the list below.
Individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree or higher and also have had three or more years of experience working in a position that requires the skills of a computer scientist would need to complete specific pedagogical coursework.
Depending on their approved CTE pathway, CTE certified teachers will be able to continue teaching CS and IT related courses in their programs. Watch the CTE related videos from the CSForNY State Summit for more info.
UPDATED: New York State Computer Science Teacher Certifications are new, so it's important to learn all the details & also download the complete document.
Pay attention to:
- Who should become certified
- The certification process
- Statement of Continued Eligibility rules
- Special tenure rules for CS teachers
NYSED has approved over 10 university programs that result in CS certification, many of which have funding available for eligible teachers.
Visit the full program list with links to each program's website for more information:
The Statement of Continued Eligibility gives existing CS teachers 10 years to complete certification requirements. It must be submitted by Sept 2024.
Check with your district about how to prepare for your SOCE if you are eligible. Watch this video from NYSED about the SOCE to explain in further detail.
Are you trying to determine if you need a CS certification or the Statement of Continued Eligibility? NYSED released this new list of specific courses that require teachers to hold their CS certification or SOCE by September 1, 2024.
Dryden and Groton Central Schools partnered on a NYSED Learning Technology Grant to fund teachers to participate in the Hunter College CS Education Advanced Certificate Program.
Read more about their partnership goals and grant support from NYSED:
Currently, teachers with a CTE certification in IT have been able to teach CS courses depending on their approved pathway. NYSED is considering rule changes to create a new "Computer Science" pathway.
Attend the CSForNY State Summit to learn more and visit the CTE certification pathway website for info:
Paul Cardettino, the Coordinator of Education Technology Policy at NYSED gives New York State computer science education updates about New York's K-12 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards, CS Certification processes and requirements, the SOCE, graduation requirements, and more.
Watch until the end for a comprehensive Q&A session.
In this session, Mike Zamansky, Director of the CS Education program at Hunter College, and a team of CS teachers discuss pathways towards the new NY State certification to teach CS. Specifically the session will focus on certification programs leading to the new license.
Click here to view NYSED's FAQ website about the standards and certification.
Check the NYSED SOCE website for the list of eligible codes for CS courses. Upon application, any person holding a valid certificate in the classroom teaching service and employed within the six years immediately preceding September 1, 2023, as a teacher of computer science courses in a New York State public school or board of cooperative educational services or any other school where teacher certification is required, may be issued a statement of continued eligibility so that such person may continue to teach computer science courses in the employing school district, school or board of cooperative educational services.
The statement of continued eligibility shall be valid for 10 years from the date the statement of continued eligibility is issued, and the candidate shall not be required to hold a computer science certificate as prescribed in section 80-3.2 of this Subpart, provided such person holds a permanent or professional certificate in another certification area in the classroom teaching service.
Everyone's situation is a bit different. Read all the information on this page about the certification, the SOCE, and the advanced certificate and graduate programs available for CS education.
We encourage all teachers to go through approved certification programs whenever possible to adequately prepare to teach computer science courses.
If you have more questions, reach out to the state using the certification email and/or to the leader of a graduate school program to determine your next steps.
There are many scholarships and partnerships available for CS teacher preparation programs through private, federal, and state funding sources. Read about the partnership between Dryden, Groton, and Hunter College above, talk to your district about funding options, and contact your potential preparation program about funding sources.
The SOCE is now available on the TEACH website! Click here to find out more and apply.
A statement of continued eligibility shall only be valid for service in the school district, board of cooperative educational services, or other school that employed such individual when the statement of continued eligibility was issued.
A SOCE application in TEACH does not prompt a District’s Superintendent to submit a statement. A teacher should request their Superintendent submit the statement.
According to NYSUT: "The computer science certificate does not prevent teachers who hold other certificates from teaching aspects of these Computer Science & Digital Fluency concepts in other subject area courses and in elementary schools."
Elementary teachers can get the K-12 CS certification, and those with the K-12 CS certification may teach elementary CS. Teachers become eligible for the SOCE if they have a standalone CS class registered with an approved BEDS / SCED code (see the SOCE website), so NYSED is not anticipating any elementary teachers to be eligible since elementary schools do not typically have courses that count for credit.
Check with your school administrator about upcoming certification requirements and make the decision that works best for you and your school.
Yes. According to NYSUT: "career and technology education (CTE) teachers will continue to be able to teach computer-related and technology courses in CTE programs."
Computer science will be considered a “special subject” across all grades. After September 1, 2023, an educator who was previously appointed tenure in a different tenure area may choose to continue to receive credit toward tenure and seniority rights in their previous tenure area while devoting a substantial portion (40% or more) of their time to teaching computer science courses, or they may choose to change their tenure area to receive credit and accrue seniority rights in the special subject tenure area of computer science.
For educators assigned/appointed on or after September 1, 2023, who are devoting a substantial portion (40% or more) of their time teaching computer science, probationary appointments and appointments in tenure will be made in accordance with normal tenure rules. Specifically, these teachers must be appointed tenure in the special subject tenure area: computer science.
The incidental teaching flexibility is not simple. The district needs to prove that there's a hardship and they've exhausted all resources to find a CS teacher. Regulation says you can teach up to 5 hours per week. We're currently in an emergency regulation to teach up to 10 hours per week outside of your certification. Look up the incidental teaching requirements on NYSED's website.
NYSED is releasing more information about the SOCE and CS certification as each resource becomes available.
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Select the "Computer Science" email list in the link below.
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