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Certification Procedures

Teacher certification is conferred by the New York State Education Department to candidates who meet all requirements for the issuance of the certificate. The School of Education's graduate programs lead to initial/professional certification recommendation depending on the candidates' teaching experience and academic preparation.

To be eligible for certification, you must:

Complete Your Graduate Degree Program

For a listing of Mercy programs, click here.

Complete all required New York State certification tests

Initial Teaching Certification

Complete the fingerprinting process

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Complete a Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop

Dignity for All Students (DASA)



Complete the Violence Prevention workshop

Professional Teaching Certification/Additional Teaching Certifications for Certified Teachers


professional certification recommendation also requires documentation of three years of teaching experience at the same grade range/subject area as the certificate sought. During one of the years, the candidate must have been mentored by an experienced teacher or school administrator.

School Building Leadership

School District Leadership

Prepare for your certification tests. Sign up now for a Mercy College workshop!

Registration information for these examinations may be found here

Additional Information

The NYSED TEACH system requires candidates to file an electronic application for certification at the TEACH website.