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. However, you must check the NYSED website frequently for updates. If you are seeking specific information about what requirements you must meet for all certification areas, go to this page on the New York State Education Department (NYSED)/Office of Teaching Initiatives website to obtain information.
It is strongly recommended to apply for certification as soon as possible upon completing your program due to possible changes in state regulations.
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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:
|Mrs. Fay Dimino|
DaSilva Hall, Room 207
All applications for certification are submitted online using the TEACH Online System.
Here you will supply required information to NYSED and create your permanent account. You must pay any fees required for certification using a credit card. You should view your TEACH account periodically to see if NYSED has received copies of workshops you mailed to them, as well as post notification of completing required teacher certification exams.
NYSED approves individuals and organizations to offer the required training workshops in both online and in-person formats. Upon completion of each workshop, the provider will give you an official Certificate of Completion (COC) which you must check for accuracy before sending a copy to NYSED.If the workshop is taken online, always request the COC via email.
Always keep a copy of any documents you send to NYSED for your own records. If after 4 weeks NYSED does not indicate on your TEACH account they have received your certificates of completion, you may be required to resend a copy.
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.
Required Workshops for Certification (as of 2014)
St. John’s University is an approved provider of DASA training and offers regular sessions at no cost to current students and alumni. Find information about registering for DASA training at the link below
St. John’s University Students -- no charge
Non-St. John’s University students -- $75.00
The college recommends using http://www.workshopsexpress.com/ This workshop is available completely online.
The cost to all students/alumni/non-St. John's University students is $44.95. If you use the coupon code STJohnsUniv you can save 10%.
Select a provider from the list below, or click on the link above for NYSED additional providers .
Abused Child Research Associates
Online $29.99 1-888-9WORKSHOP
**New York State Office of Children & Family Services
Online FREE 518-474-9465
Genius Genius of New York
Online $39.95 800-963-5449
**If you completed the workshop through the New York State Mandated Reporter, you will receive a post-training email which only provides you with a Certificate of Attendance (COA). The COA is not accepted for processing by the state. So be sure you follow up by requesting the Certificate of Completion (COC).
The standard COC process is now electronic, so to follow up you simply use the link provided in your post-training email. After you have done so, the training provider will electronically send your Certificate of Completion (COC) to the NYSED for you. No further action is usually needed on your part or the trainer provider’s.
Please Note: The training provider is not permitted to collect ANY Social Security Number information from trainees.
This prohibition may impede the electronic COC process.
You have the option of expediting this process by requesting a manual copy of your Certificate of Completion.
If you use this option, you will need to enter your information, including your SS#, on the COC form and submit it to the NYSED yourself.
To request a manual copy of your Mandated Reporter Certificate of Completion:
In Subject Line Enter: “Request for manual copy of Certificate of Completion”
Send a copy of each Certificate of Completion to:
The Office of Teaching Initiatives, RM 5N EB 89 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12234
All students must obtain fingerprint clearance PRIOR to entering schools for observations, field work assignments or for student teaching. You are encouraged to make necessary arrangements early in your teacher preparation program.
NYSED provides information about the fingerprinting requirement here: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tsei/ospra/
Please note that The School of Education is no longer able to fingerprint our students on campus.
As of August 3, 2015, you must arrange your own convenient appointment for Livescan fingerprinting through New York State Education Department’s approved provider, MorphoTrust.
Information is available here: http://www.identogo.com/
Special information concerning fingerprinting related to teaching in New York City can be found http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tsei/ospra/nycprovisions.html
All teacher and SBL candidates are required to take a series of exams as part of their requirements to become certified to teach in New York State. The New York State Teacher Certification Exam series is designed to ensure that certified teachers have the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively teach in the New York State public schools. Teacher candidates will not become NYS certified without a passing score on all the necessary exams.
Individuals seeking School Building Leader certification are required to pass the revised SBL assessment and the Educating all Students (EAS) test.
Initial School Building Leader
Revised School Building Leader (SBL) assessment
Effective May 1, 2014 individuals seeking an Initial New York State teaching certificate must achieve qualifying scores on all of the following assessments:
- Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
The Academic Literacy Skills Test consists of selected-response items, two focused constructed-response items, and one extended written assignment. The ALST measures academic literacy skills necessary to teach effectively in New York State public schools. http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/PDFs/NY202_OBJ_FINAL.pdf
- Educating All Students (EAS)
The Educating All Students test consists of selected-response items and constructed-response items. Each constructed-response item will share scenario-based stimulus material with several selected response items. The EAS test measures the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to teach all students effectively in New York State public schools. http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/PDFs/NY201_OBJ_FINAL.pdf
- CST - Content Specialty Test in the content area of the certification. (For example if you are seeking to be certified in Math7-12 you will take the CST for Math. If you are seeking to be certified in any area of Elementary Education B-2 or 1-6, you will take the appropriate grade level Multi-Subject CST. Programs resulting in multiple certifications such as Childhood and Special Education require you to take both the Childhood 1-6 Multi-Subject CST as well as the Special Education CST.)
- edTPA* - edTPATM is a nationally available teacher performance assessment developed by Stanford University. edTPA is a multiple measure assessment of teaching focused on student learning. Evidence of candidate teaching performance is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment: 3–5 lessons from a unit of instruction for one class of students. Teacher candidates submit authentic artifacts (lesson plans, video clips of instruction, student work samples) from their actual teaching during a clinical field experience. Candidates also submit commentaries that provide a rationale to support their instructional practices based on student learning strengths and needs. Candidates' evidence is evaluated across five scoring components of teaching: Planning, Instruction, Assessment, Analysis of Teaching, and Academic Language. For more information about edTPA, visit edtpa.com * (prepared and submitted during student teaching or internship semester)
Note: Those applying for Speech and Language Disabilities do not need the CST or edTPA portion of these exams.
***Information from NYSED about certification exams currently required for initial certification and additional areas of certification can be found here. http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certexamsnew2014.html
If you are still unsure of the required exams after you have consulted the NYSED website http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/, you should contact your advisor or a Teacher Certification Officer in order to determine the appropriate exams for your program and certification sought. Your department and program faculty may have specific guidelines for when you should take each of the tests. Always check with your advisor first!
To register for the exams online, go to www.nystce.nesinc.com . You will need a credit card for payment. Remember to select the appropriate St. John’s Campus as your reporting school when you sign up.
Saint John’s University – Main Campus 680
Saint John’s University – Staten Island Campus 685
Keep informed about current NYSED regulation changes regarding teacher certification examinations http://www.highered.nysed.gov/certexam.html
Study guides for the exams are available on the NYSED website are found at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_viewSG_opener.asp
Scoring and passing requirement information can be found at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY17_passingrequirements.asp
PLEASE BE ADVISED:
IF YOU ARE SEEKING AN INITIAL/PROFESSIONAL OR PROVISIONAL/PERMAMENT RECOMMENDATION FOR CERTIFICATION ON OR AFTER MARCH 2015, ARE GRADUATING OR HAVE GRADUATED, AND HAVE SATISFIED ALL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN INSTITUTIONAL RELEASE AUTHORIZATION FORM TO THE CERTIFICATION OFFICE IN THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION BEFORE WE WILL PROVIDE INSTITUTIONAL ENDORSEMENT.
Forms must be completely filled out or they will be returned to you. To avoid any possible delay, BRING THE COMPLETED FORM IN PERSON to one of the Certification Officers in the DEAN’S OFFICE WHEN YOU ARE READY TO SEEK CERTIFICATION.
Please contact the Certification Officer for your area if you have specific questions about certification or to discuss your Institutional Release Authorization Form.
You can download and print the Institutional Release Forms here:
- Institutional Release Authorization Form - Queens
- Institutional Release Authorization Form - Staten Island
Degrees are conferred three times a year, on or around the following dates: January 30th, September 30, or the next weekday following May commencement. Diplomas are usually available for pick-up in The School of Education Dean’s Office one month after degree conferral.
Certification endorsements for St. John’s programs will be made shortly after these degree conferral periods provided you have met all requirements. For additional information, refer to Satisfying Deficiencies in Coursework for Initial New York State Teaching Certification for Students Enrolled in Career Change, Teaching Fellow Programs and TESOL programs.
For instructions on Applying for a Certificate, refer to the second page of How to Register for NYS Certification. You must log into your TEACH account, pay required fees, and provide all requested information as well as the NYSED program code for the Approved Teacher Preparation program that you completed at St. John’s. Use the same program code when you complete the Institutional Release Form.
- Queens- Codes for Approved Teacher Preparation Programs (click here)
- Staten Island- Codes for Approved Teacher Preparation Programs (click here)
After your degree is officially conferred, you have satisfied all deficiencies and requirements, and you have properly submitted the Institutional Release Authorization Form to one of our Teacher Certification Officers, we will access and review your account in the TEACH online system. If all requirements are met (NYS Teacher Certification Exams, fingerprinting, workshops, etc.) and they are on file with NYSED and viewable on TEACH, we will provide the institutional endorsement and your certificate will typically be available on TEACH within a few days. You are required to provide verification to the Certification Office to show completion of the DASA workshop before we can provide an endorsement for you.
New York State Education Department no longer prints paper certificates. You can check your TEACH account to see if your college recommendation has been posted and if your certification has been issued. Once your certificate is listed on your TEACH account as "issued", it is considered a valid NYS teaching certificate.
After you have received your initial teaching certificate, you are expected to progress to the professional teaching certificate within 5 years. In some circumstances, you can request a time extension for the initial certificate from NYSED.
Requirements for completing the Professional Certification include:
- Successful completion of an appropriate master’s degree http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/relatedmasters.html
- 3 years of classroom teaching (including one year as a mentored experience)
- Completion of the 6 hour DASA training workshop (if not already completed for the initial certification prior to May 2014)
When you receive your degree from St. John’s University, we usually provide the university endorsement for initial/professional certification. It is your responsibility to provide evidence of your teaching experience and completion of DASA training directly to NYSED and verify that it appears on your TEACH account.
For information about maintaining your professional certificate:
For information about ongoing professional development required for teachers:
- Currently teaching out of licensure OR
- Returning to the field of teaching
and are now seeking to meet new state guidelines to obtain INITIAL TEACHING CERTIFICATION.
If you did not obtain initial teaching certification prior to May 2014, you must now meet new NYSED requirements. To search the specific requirements for your desired teaching area, use the search tool available at the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives site: http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/CertRequirementHelp.do
These requirements include:
- Successful completion of a registered teacher preparation program (either BSED or MSED) that included a documented student teaching or internship experience.
Passing the REVISED teacher certification exams for the certification areas(s) sought:
- ALST – Academic Literacy Skills Test
- EAS – Educating All Students
- CST – Content Specialty Exam (revised tests required, where offered)
- Submission of and passing scores received for an edTPA portfolio in the area of certification sought. [The requirements of edTPA include having access to a classroom of children for 4-6 weeks in order to, among other requirements, develop lesson plans, present a lesson, conduct an assessment of student learning, and make a video of your actual teaching.]
- Attend all required workshops and show proof of completion:
- School Violence and Intervention and Prevention
- Child Abuse Identification
- Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
- Obtain fingerprint clearance from the NYSED authorized provider -- www.identogo.com
St. John’s University Certification Office is providing you with this information to guide you.
If you completed all requirements of a currently registered teacher education program at St. John’s University, which included a supervised student teaching or internship experience and satisfying all liberal arts and sciences and content area course deficiencies as deemed necessary, we can provide a university recommendation (endorsement) to NYSED which is required for initial NYSED teacher certification.
If you completed a teacher preparation program in the past at St. John’s but it is no longer registered with New York State , please be advised that you will not be re-endorsed for certification until we evaluate your completed coursework. Program faculty, in conjunction with our Certification Officers, will determine if there is sufficient alignment with current NYSED requirements. YOU MAY BE ADVISED TO TAKE ADDITIONAL COURSEWORK IN ORDER TO MEET CURRENT REQUIREMENTS BEFORE WE CAN PROVIDE A UNIVERSITY ENDORSEMENT FOR CERTIFICATION. For further information, please contact Nancy Garaufis email@example.com, 718 990-7559.
Additional components required to complete the certification process are your responsibility.
- We can offer guidance and instructions on creating and maintaining your TEACH online account, which is the means of communicating with NYSED, the issuer of teaching certificates.
- Information regarding exam registration and fees can be found by at: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/
- We can offer suggestions and guidance to complete the edTPA assessment if you attend one of the scheduled workshops held on campus each semester or view instructional videos.
Due to the specific tasks required to complete the edTPA portfolio, you will need to find and arrange access to a classroom to collect your edTPA requirements. If you are currently teaching, you will have the opportunity to complete the required elements of edTPA in your own classroom. However, due to legal restrictions, St. John’s University cannot make referrals or arrange a classroom experience for you. You are not a student teacher or intern and therefore are not being assigned by the University to the school site.
- St. John’s offers DASA workshops each semester, free to our current students and alumni. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718 990-8334 for further information.
We offer you the following suggestions and encourage you to be creative in your quest:
1. Return to the school where you performed your student teaching experience and request an appointment with the principal or administrator. Explain your situation and what you require.
2. Contact your local zoned school and request an appointment to speak with the principal or other administrator. Explain your situation and what you require. (Perhaps your children or relatives attended this school or you did volunteer work there in the past. Use whatever connections you have to seek permission.)
3. Consider contacts from private or religious schools.
4. Re-establish contacts with former college classmates you knew during your time at St. John’s. If they are currently classroom teachers, see if they can assist you in making a connection.
5. Attend networking events offered by St. John’s University and The School of Education.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) issues the Conditional Initial Certification to qualified individuals hold a reciprocal certificate who have not yet met the state testing and workshop requirements. At least one reciprocal certificate from each of the 50 states is accepted. When applying for certification, you should apply for initial Certification and then choose Interstate Reciprocity as your pathway. For information, consult this link:
To determine if your out-or-state certification is accepted by the New York State Education Department, consult this link. http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/01785788-2584-4725-86AF-36A128809C90/0/InterstateReciprocityList.pdf
Please note that final determination can only be made by NYSED.
Applicants must apply directly to the New York State Education Department for the Conditional Initial Certificate. Once granted, it is valid for up to two years to enable a teacher to complete additional testing and workshop requirements.
Students who are seeking initial teacher certification and who wish to receive university endorsement for a career change master’s program in education completed at St. John’s University will need to provide the Certification Officer with official translated transcripts of all previous coursework. Indication of grades and credits awarded must appear on the transcript in order for the Certification Officer to complete an evaluation for course deficiencies as required by New York State.
New York State requires a U.S. social security number before they will issue you a teaching certificate. United States citizenship or permanent resident status is required for Permanent and Professional Certification only.
If you do not seek an endorsement for certification following the completion of a master’s degree at St. John’s and wish to apply for Individual evaluation of non-U.S. credentials, please see this information:
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR Office of Teaching Initiatives (addresses/phone)
Index of resources on NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/topics_az.html
Link to information about Teaching in New York City http://schools.nyc.gov/default.htm
An informative Certification fact sheet provided by the NYSUT (New York State United Teachers) can be found here:
Teacher Certification NYSUT 2014
Link to information for teachers concerning NYS Common Core Learning Standards
- APRIL 2015: NYSED announces new fingerprinting procedure as of July 2015.
- March 2015: NYSED delays reporting results for students who have taken revised CST examinations
- March 2015: NYSED offers information concerning certification assessment testing sites
- NOVEMBER 2015: CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP FOR UNDERGRADUATES, Monday November 16, 2015 from 2-3pm in DAC 208.
- JULY 2015: Recently posted information about the edTPA safety net
- JUNE 2015: NYSED announces updates to the safety net process:
- MAY 2015: NYSED Board of Regents creates "safety net" for individuals who fail to pass new teacher certification exams.
- APRIL 2015: NYSED announces extension to edTPA/ATS-W safety net until June 30, 2016
For graduates seeking provisional and/or permanent certification in the area of School Counselor, it is necessary to complete an online application via the TEACH online account. For directions to request an university endorsement from the completion of an approved pathway program, please go to: Complete an Approved Teacher Preparation Program and Apply for University Endorsement
For graduates seeking certification in the area of Mental Health Counseling, please be sure to obtain all forms for certification from Dr. Eschenauer. In addition to mailing forms to the state, the university will also provide documentation to verify candidate program completion. Upon conferral of degree and submission of Form 2 to our Certification Office, documentation will be mailed directly to the Office of the Professions in Albany.