Field Placement Office

NYS Certification Requirements

To be eligible to be employed in the New York State’s public schools, individuals must hold a NYS certificate issued by the Office of Teaching Initiatives.  This certificate confirms that an individual has met all required degree coursework, assessment, and experience requirements.  These requirements include the completion of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse or maltreatment and in school violence prevention and intervention among others, all of which SUNY Oswego candidates complete by completing SSHS 1020 Safe Schools, Healthy Students.  

In addition, individuals must be fingerprinted and have a criminal history record check completed in order to be cleared for employment in the New York State’s public schools.  Information on fingerprinting is available through the SUNY Oswego University Police Office.   Additional information may be obtained by contacting NYSED.

Candidates may find a searchable summary of requirements and procedures for certification application on the NYSED website.


Tests for Teacher Cerification

What's New for 2013-2014

NYSTCE Registration Bulletin

Preparing for the Tests

***Important NYSTCE Update***
NEW Exams for Teacher Certification
We anticipate that candidates applying for certification on or after May 1st, 2014 will be required to take certain new exams. 
The new exams will be available in 2012.  As new information becomes available, it will be posted online at 

Click HERE to find more information

Safe Schools, Healthy Students

Sign up for an online NYSED workshop seminar.
The "Safe Schools, Healthy Students" online course is required for candidates seeking certification after Feb 1, 2004.  Go to our Safe Schools page for registration information.