Amita Gupta, Professor, Global Early Childhood Education, Author, Consultant
Here is a brief overview of the process for getting qualified as a New York City early childhood teacher:
To be an early childhood lead teacher in New York City you will need to be state certified with a degree in Early Childhood Education. To get certified you need to complete a Masters degree in ECE which includes Student Teaching and passing the EdTPA (Educational Teacher Performance Assessment) , and you have to pass the new state tests including the ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test), CST (Content Specialty Test), and EAS (Educating All Students). You are also required to have taken workshops for DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) and Violence Prevention and Child Abuse.
You can apply to an ECE Masters degree program leading to certification in any college of education that offers it. Once you have graduated successfully and passed all the state tests your college will recommend you to New York State for certification. You will then be qualified as a head teacher to teach children from birth to second grade.
Mayor De Blasio initiated the Universal PreK program last year for all four year olds in New York City. An expansion in the number of PreK classrooms resulted in an urgent need for more qualified PreK teachers in the city. A Prek Scholars program was started that helped individuals who were looking for a second career in ECE to be placed in Prek settings, while simultaneously getting their Masters degrees in ECE and state certification (all paid for by the City).
Here are some helpful links for more detailed information: