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
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Complete all required New York State certification tests
Complete the fingerprinting process
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Complete a Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop
Complete the Violence Prevention workshop
Professional Teaching Certification/Additional Teaching Certifications for Certified Teachers
- Educating All Students Test (EAS) - If needed
- Content Specialty Tests (CST) - Should be taken prior to completing the program
A 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
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