Applying for Initial Teacher Certification
Concert: Ethel quartet plus guitarist Kaki King
Hard-driving guitarist Kaki King combines forces with New York-based string quartet Ethel, which joined King on her latest album, "Glow." $18, including parking ($5 for SUNY Oswego students). 312-2141. http://www.oswego.edu/arts
Location: Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall
Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs St. John Fisher
Location: Oswego, NY- South Athletic Field
Saturday, March 22, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Elmira
Location: Oswego, NY- South Athletic Field
Tuesday, March 25, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Family Fun day at the MOST
More Information: http://goo.gl/DlpCSx
Location: MOST, South Franklin Street, Syracuse, NY, United States
Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
GOLD Lunch & Learn "LinkedIn Best Practices" Webinar
More information: http://goo.gl/o7h64e
Tuesday, March 11, noon - 1 p.m.
The Initial Certificate is the entry-level certificate for classroom teachers, issued in specific subject/grade titles. To be eligible for Initial Certification you must:
1. successfully complete your specific program,
2. successfully complete all required NYSED certification tests,
3. have your fingerprints on file,
4. complete the teacher certification application process and submit all necessary documents through the TEACH system.
NYSED has instituted an on-line application process for teacher certification. You will use this form, along with the other forms mentioned below, to help you in the application process. Please note, as of February 1, 2010, TEACH is no longer issuing PAPER certificates for Initial and Provisional certificates. Teachers and school districts will need to use the TEACH system to verify these certificates.
Two Important Steps:
1. Once the Registrar's Office has verified the completion of your program, you will receive a copy of SUNY Oswego's Teacher Certification Authorization Form. You must fill this out and return it to SUNY Oswego's Registrar's Office in a timely manner. This authorizes Oswego to report your information to NYSED. Legally, we can't report this information without your permission.
2. In addition, you will need to apply online for teacher certification to complete the process. You do not need to wait to pass all of your certification tests before applying - you may apply once you are in your final semester.
You should print the TEACH Application Information Sheet with details about the on-line certification system and use it as a reference when using NYSED's on-line application system. Please read the instructions PRIOR to applying online. Additional information is provided by NYSED at this website. We highly suggest you use the TEACH online tutorial before starting your actual online application. You can fill in the blanks with information available from the unofficial transcript you will receive with your diploma, as well as the instructions provided with the Application Information Sheet.
The Award Title and Program Titles/Codes form includes program codes you will need for the application, including concentration titles. Listed below are important dates that may help you when you are using NYSED's on-line system:
Semester Start Dates:
DEGREE AWARDED DATES:
IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR INITIAL CERTIFICATON IN ANY AREA ON OR AFTER MAY 1, 2014 or COMPLETING AN APPROVED TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM ON OR AFTER MAY 1, 2014 (INCLUDES ALL MAY 2014 GRADUATES), YOU MUST COMPLETE THE NEW BATTERY OF TEACHER ASSESSMENTS (ALST, EAS, CST-revised, edTPA) TO COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS. GO TO THIS PAGE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THESE ASSESSMENTS.
Can I apply for teaching jobs before I receive my certificate?
Yes, you can apply for jobs before you receive your certificate. All school districts have access to the TEACH website to view your information. You should also access your account yourself and print your status page.
What do I do if my grad school/future employer wants a copy of my certificate?
You can give your graduate school or future employer a copy of your status page. If your future employer or graduate school is in New York State, it can also access your status.
How much do the certification exams cost?
On the right panel of this page, you can find a spreadsheet showing the latest costs as we know them. Check the official NYSED website for more information: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/
When should I take the exams for Initial Teacher Certification?
Please note these are general guidelines only. You will take the certification exams when you are adequately prepared. We suggest you take the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) after completing your General Education requirements. The Educating All Students test (EAS) should be taken during your student teaching semester. The CST (revised) should be taken after completion of your concentration courses. You should prepare the edTPA during your student teaching semester.