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Teacher Certification

Graduating from many of the programs in the School of Education fulfills the academic requirements of teacher or pupil personnel certification in New York State. However, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has additional requirements for all certifications, including:

  • Passing scores on New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
  • Legal standing to work in the U.S.
  • Timely application
  • Good moral character (e.g., confirmed by fingerprinting and a criminal background check). Fingerprinting Process from Start to Finish, NYSED.

If you are applying for Professional School District Leader (SDL) certification, you will need to request transcripts from ALL graduate institutions attended.  These will need to be sent directly to the Office of Teaching Initiatives.  This is so NYSED can verify 60 graduate credit hours.

All teacher education candidates must meet NYSED requirements for identifying child abuse; preventing school violence and drug/alcohol abuse; and promoting school safety. This requirement is met for most candidates by taking the online Safe Schools, Healthy Students (SSHS) course.

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) is also a NYSED required course that will address the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination, marginalization and microaggressions.  

Complete information about certification requirements is available from the New York State Education Department:

Office of Higher Education
Room 979 Education Building Addition
Albany, NY 12234, 518-474-5851)
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/

Your academic advisor can help you interpret this information, although it remains your responsibility to be aware of current state regulations and fulfill them in a timely manner.