The Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Preparation Project

The NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI) has partnered with the NYC Department of Education and the City University of New York (CUNY) to launch the Pre-K Teacher Preparation Project in support of the Mayor's PreK for All Initiative.

Our work involves helping to ensure that current and aspiring lead teachers in PreK for All classrooms have earned the appropriate NYS certification in Early Childhood (Birth – Grade 2) to meet the staff qualification requirements for their position.

If you are currently lead or assistant teacher in a PreK for All classroom, are prepared to commit to teachering in a PreK for All clasroom for 2 years after becoming certified and fit one of the categories below, we encourage you to submit your application for consideration today!

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Individuals who already have Childhood Education Certification (Grades 1 – 6) can pursue an additional certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2).

Candidates selected to participate will receive:

  • The full cost of completing your coursework upon acceptance at one of our partner CUNY institutions – costs include tuition, fees (excluding transcript request fees) and books.
  • Support with the TEACH application process (the cost of application – $50 – $100 - will NOT be covered by the program)
  • DASA training workshop required for certification
  • Career development support

Uncertified individuals who have already earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field through an approved teacher preparation program can be supported to complete an expedited study plan. You will be required to provide proof that your school can provide an Institutional Recommendation for certification.

NOTE - a teacher preparation program is registered with the New York State Education Department and is designed to lead to teacher certification in the state of New York. As of May 1, 2014, NYSED now requires that all applicants for teacher certification have a degree completed through a teacher preparation program as the individual evaluation pathway for this certification is no longer available. See http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/teachrecommend.html for more information and a list of programs. If you have questions about whether your degree qualifies you for NYS teacher certification, please contact your school

Candidates selected to participate will receive:

  • Test prep workshops, tutoring and materials to prepare for the NYS Teacher Certification Exams (including – ALST, EAS, CST and edTPA)
  • Certification exam registration fee
  • Support with the TEACH application process (the cost of application - $50 - $100 – and transcript request fees – will NOT be covered by the program)
  • DASA training workshop required for certification
  • Career development support

To learn more about this project, visit or contact our Career Develpoment Services:

Career Development Services

Raedell Wallace
Director of Career Services
(718) 254-7735 prekteacher@earlychildhoodny.org

More information is also available from the:
NYC Department of Education