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Certification Test Safety Nets Extended

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently extended the certification test safety nets by a year, to June 30, 2017. All certification requirements must be completed by June 30, 2018. Read more about certification safety nets, including the notification of safety net extensions

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 masters programs lead to either an initial or professional certification recommendation depending on the candidates teaching experience and academic preparation. Therefore, our programs are classified into either initial certification programs or advanced (professional) certification programs. If you do not hold a teaching certificate, you would apply to an initial program.

To earn an initial certification, you must:

Initial Teaching Certification

    Advanced Teaching Certification

    School Building Leadership

    School District Leadership

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Registration information for these examinations may be found here.  

Begin the registration process.

  • Participation in the three required workshops as listed below:

Child Abuse Detection

Violence Prevention

Dignity for All Students (DASA)



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A  college endorsed professional certification recommendation requires the same stipulations as above and 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.

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

Process for Applying for State Certification
July 1, 2014