Field Placement Office

NYS Certification Requirements

Important Update from NYSED April 29, 2014:

Pursuant to the emergency action taken at the April Regents meeting, if a candidate applies for and meets all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before June 30, 2015 (including completing and submitting for scoring the teacher performance assessment), except the candidate does not receive a satisfactory score on the teacher performance assessment, the candidate may meet the requirements for an initial certificate, if subsequent to receiving a score for the teacher performance assessment and prior to June 30, 2015, a candidate receives a satisfactory level of performance on the written assessment of teaching skills examination in lieu of a satisfactory level of performance on the teacher performance assessment.

However, please be advised that any candidate who applies for certification on or after May 1, 2014, and fails the edTPA, will not be required to retake the ATS-W if the candidate took the ATS-W prior to April 30, 2014, and received a satisfactory passing score on the exam.

Further information about the edTPA implementation in New York State is available at:

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 satisfy by completing SSHS 1020, Safe Schools, Healthy Students and DASA 1020, Dignity for All Students Act .  

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.  Up to date information on fingerprinting is available through NYSED.

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

Tests for Teacher Certification

What's New for 2013-2014

NYSTCE Registration Bulletin

Preparing for the Tests

Required Workshops (Safe Schools, Healthy Schools and DASA)