New York Teaching License Renewal

New York State Requirements


Learners Edge is an approved sponsor for the New York State Education Department -Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). 

New York State Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Requirements: 

Holders of professional classroom teaching certificates, educational leadership certificates and Level III teaching assistant certificates who practice in a NYS School District or BOCES, must complete 100 clock hours of acceptable CTLE during their registration period. 

There are multiple ways to earn your 100 clock hours.  

Example 1: Differentiation Focus 

Course 5147: Bringing Students from Unfinished Learning to Soaring Achievement (45 hours) 

Course 717: Differentiated Learning: How to Teach to Varying Ability Levels (45 hours) 

PD 140: Educational Access for All: Universal Design for Learning (10 hours) 

Example 2: Social and Emotional Learning Focus 

PD 121: Social and Emotional Learning: The Elements of Success (10 hours) 

Course 5041:  
Five Fabulous Skills for Your Students' Lifelong Success
 (45 hours) 

Course 5107:  
Empathy and Social Comprehension for a Compassionate Classroom
 (45 hours) 

+Renew Your License

If you hold one of the following certificates, you must register your teaching license with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) every five years and complete 100 clock hours (see examples above) of acceptable Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE)* during your registration period: 

  • Permanent or professional teaching certificate in the classroom teaching service 
  • Permanent or professional leader certificate in the educational leadership service (i.e., school building leader, school district leader, school district business leader), or 
  • Level III Teaching Assistant certificate 

*If you hold a permanent certificate, this CTLE requirement does not apply to you. 

If you have any questions as to whether you are required to meet CTLE requirements, please reference the Registration and CTLE Requirements Chart 

Types of Certificates: 

Initial: The Initial certificate is the entry-level teaching certificate and is issued for a specific subject and grade level. It is valid for five years (with the possibility of a time extension if you are eligible). During this five-year period, you must obtain a Professional certificate, which requires a minimum of three years of experience and a Master’s degree. 

See our Master’s programs. 

Conditional Initial: This is the first-level certificate for teachers who hold a certificate in the same or equivalent title from another state, but who have not yet met the NYS testing requirement. The Conditional Initial certificate allows the holder up to two years to meet the testing requirements to qualify for an Initial certificate. 

Professional: The Professional certificate is the second-level teaching certificate. A holder of an Initial certificate must apply to the New York State Department of Education for the Professional certificate upon completion of requirements.  

For more information, visit the New York Department of Education.  


Please note, Learners Edge courses are approved and offered for graduate credit by our regionally accredited and state approved college/University Partners. In New York, continuing education graduate credit is intended to fulfill requirements for salary advancement when the student has obtained proper prior approval. Simply select the course(s), session, and a  Make sure to explore our pricing discounts. 

If you need assistance with submission of a district approval form, course mapping or timelines, we’re happy to help. Our Advisory team is here to help you succeed! 

Consider the following course combinations: 

Example 1: Reading Focus 

5030: Focus on Phonics for Effective Reading, Writing, and Spelling Instruction (45 hours)  

5040: Increasing Comprehension with Close Reading in Your Classroom (45 hours) 

5042: The Reading Fluency Toolkit (15 hours) 


Example 2: Equity Focus 

5110: Creating a Vision for Equity in Education (45 hours) 

5111: Mindsets and Skillsets for a Culturally Responsive Classroom (45 hours) 

5058: Building Strong Relationships in the Classroom: Care to Connect (30 hours) 


Measurement of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE):  

For credit-bearing university or college courses, each semester-hour of credit shall equal 15 clock hours of CTLE credit, and each quarter-hour of credit shall equal 10 clock hours of CTLE credit. 

For all other approved continuing teacher and leader education courses, one CTLE credit hour shall constitute a minimum of 60 minutes of instruction/education. 


Learners Edge continuing education courses are approved by our regionally accredited universities and colleges from throughout the United States. These partners provide official transcripts, letter grades, and graduate credit for successfully completed Learners Edge courses. 

When selecting your course, choose any of our CAEP and/or regionally accredited graduate credit university partners to gain the semester hours of credit. 

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Above is a summary of how Learners Edge may help your continuing education and New York license renewal needs. This summary should in no way release individuals from their responsibility of ensuring that the course(s) they take meets their professional needs.  We hope it provides assistance in understanding how Learners Edge might help you in the accumulation of clock hours or graduate credit for salary advancement and the New York license renewal process.