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Certification Information

Becoming certified to teach in New York State is an important step leading to a rewarding and challenging career, subject to many state and federal regulations.   It is your responsibility to keep informed of the most current requirements, laws and regulations that affect your teaching career and your future.

Our Certification Officers, in conjunction with this website, will make every attempt to assist you as well as provide important information, and direct you to available resources.

However, you must check the NYSED website frequently for updates that may affect you.

Announcements

Contacts

You are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate Certification Officer in The School of Education at  St. John’s University to assist you with questions concerning certification for your specific area:

Contact this

Certification Officer

For the programs, locations, and topicslisted below

Dr. Mirella Avalos-Louie
Avaloslm@stjohns.edu 
Sullivan Hall Room 530     
Phone: 718 990-1467
Fax: 718 990-7988

 

Queens Undergraduates (BSED, BA) Initial Certification

Masters Career Change  initial/Professional Certification

(Queens and Oakdale)

Questions about Student Teaching

 

 

Mr. Anthony Napoli
napolia@stjohns.edu  
Sullivan Hall Room 528
Phone: 718 990-5817
Fax: 718 990-7988

Transitional B certification;

Initial/Professional Certification of Alternative Certification Programs

(Teaching Fellows & Partner Teachers)

Questions about Alternative Teaching Program requirements

 

Dr. Rosette Allegretti
allegrer@stjohns.edu
Flynn Hall Room 102
Phone: 718 390-4130
Fax:  Fax:718 390- 3273    

All Staten Island students

 

 

Questions about Staten Island School of Education programs including Deficiencies and certification

Link to Deficiency Page

Mrs. Fay Dimino  
diminof@stjohns.edu
Flynn Hall Room 102
Phone: 718 390-4506
Fax:718 390- 3273

All Staten Island students

 

 

Questions about Staten Island School of Education programs and certification

 

Mrs. Nancy Garaufis
garaufin@stjohns.edu
Sullivan Hall Room 507
Phone: 718 990-7559
Fax: 718 990-2549

Education Specialties including Literacy, TESOL, Special Education, Bilingual, Counseling, School Building Leader, School District Leader, Gifted, Library, Middle School Extension, Speech, Library and School Psychology

(Queens and Oakdale)

For other questions or issues related to Certification

Link to Deficiency Page

 

Steps to Certification

The Initial Certificate is the entry level teacher certification in NY State and is valid for five years. It is the first step toward a Professional Certification which you need in order to maintain your teaching license in New York State.

School Counselors will receive a provisional certificate upon completion of their master’s program and are expected to progress to Permanent Certification to retain their license.

AS OF JUNE 1, 2014 ALL INDIVIDUALS SEEKING INITIAL, PROFESSIONAL, PROVISIONAL, or PERMANENT CERTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF COMPLETING THE DASA WORKSHOP BEFORE OUR CERTIFICATION OFFICERS CAN PROVIDE AN INSTITUTIONAL ENDORSEMENT UNDER THE APPROVED PROGRAM PREPARATION PATHWAY.  WE ARE UNABLE TO MAKE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.    

For more information about specific NYS Certification requirements, click on the image below:

All applications for certification are submitted using the TEACH Online System. 

For important updates, general information and to apply for certification, go to the Office of Teaching Initiatives of the New York State Department of Education (NYSED). 

For Initial Certification you must click on the steps below marked Required.