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.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: NYSED ANNOUNCES ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF SAFETY NETS
NYSED has posted updated NEWS for edTPA, ALST, EAS and certain redeveloped CST Safety Nets http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/
NYSED has posted New Fingerprint Process effective August 3, 2015
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:
For the programs, locations, and topicslisted below
Dr. Rosette Allegretti
All Queens School of Education Students
(including Oakdale, School Psychology, TSSLD & Library)
Mrs. Fay Dimino
All Staten Island students
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.