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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.

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Contacts

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

Queens
(including Hauppauge, School Psychology, TSSLD and Library)

Lily Scarabino
[email protected]
Sullivan Hall, Room 528
Phone: 718-990-2506
Fax: 718-990-2549

 

Staten Island
Fay Dimino
[email protected]
DaSilva Hall, Room 207
Phone: 718-390-4506
Fax: 718-390-4273

Initial Certification

It is the first step toward Professional Certification, which is needed to maintain a teaching license in New York State.

Initial Certificate is entry level teacher certification in NY State and is valid for five years.

It is the first step toward Professional Certification, which is needed to maintain a teaching license in New York State. Below lists the requirements for all students completing a bachelor’s, five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s, career change, or alternative certification program.

The 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 e-mail.

Always keep a copy of any documents you send to NYSED for your own records. After four weeks, if the NYSED does not indicate receipt of your certificates of completion on your TEACH account, you may be required to resend a copy.

Required Workshops for Certification

Child Abuse Identification

New York State Office of Children and Family Services   
nysmandatedreporter.org/
Online
FREE
518-474-9465

You will receive a posttraining e-mail that only provides you with a Certificate of Attendance (COA). The COA is not accepted for processing by the state. Follow up by requesting the Certificate of Completion (COC).

The standard COC process is now electronic; simply use the link provided in your posttraining e-mail. 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.

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 Social Security number, on the COC form and submit it to the NYSED yourself.

To request a manual copy of your Mandated Reporter Certificate of Completion, e-mail [email protected]

In the 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.

School Violence Prevention

The college recommends using www.workshopsexpress.com/  This workshop is available completely online.

Costs

  • The cost to all students/alumni/non-St. John's University students is $44.95.
  • Save 10 percent by using the coupon code STJohnsUniv.

Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (Dignity for All Students Act (DASA))

St. John’s University is an approved provider of DASA training and offers regular sessions throughout the academic year. For more information about registering for DASA training, visit stjohns.edu/academics/schools-and-colleges/school-education/dignity-all-students-act-dasa.

Cost

  • St. John’s University Students/Alumni—$10
  • Non-St. John’s University students—$75

School Safety Workshop

Consult your academic advisor for the course number and CRN for this online three-hour workshop offered each semester

 

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 New York State 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.

Certificate SoughtExams Required
Initial TeachingedTPA*
Educating All Students (EAS) test
Content Specialty Test (CST)
Initial School Building LeaderRevised School Building Leader (SBL) assessment
Educating All Students (EAS) test

Information from NYSED about certification exams currently required for initial certification and additional areas of certification can be found by visiting highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certexamsnew2014.html

If you are still unsure of the required exams after you have consulted the NYSED website, contact your advisor or a Teacher Certification Officer 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, visit 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 register.   

St. John’s University – Main Campus 680

St. John’s University – Staten Island Campus 685

Keep informed about current NYSED regulation changes regarding teacher certification examinations by visiting highered.nysed.gov/certexam.html

Study guides for the exams are available on the NYSED website at nystce.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_PrepStudyGuide.html.

Scoring and passing requirement information can be found at nystce.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_UnderstandingYourTestResults.html.

Transitional B Certification

Transitional B Certification applies to anyone who is enrolled in either a New York City Teaching Fellow or Collaborative Partner Teacher program at St. John's.

Transitional B Certification applies to anyone who is enrolled in either a New York City Teaching Fellow or Collaborative Partner Teacher program at St. John’s. 

Please contact the Department of Clinical Experience and Partnerships at [email protected] for any questions regarding the completion of these programs.

Transitional B Certification

  • Students must have all workshops and DASA must show up on TEACH.
  • All three exams must be passed.
  • Fingerprints must be cleared.
  • IRAF must be submitted to request Trans B.
  • Students must apply and pay for the certificate using the correct program code.
  • Certification is valid for up to three years while enrolled in the program. However, once a student completes or leaves the program, it is no longer valid. 

Initial Certification

Upon completion of degree and graduation requirements, including requisite liberal arts coursework (deficiencies) and submission of an IRAF, students will be endorsed for initial certification. Once that occurs, the Transitional B certification automatically expires. It is the responsibility of the students to apply and pay for the license and complete in a timely manner any outstanding certification requirements, such as EdTPA or additional exams. The initial certificate will be issued with the effective date of the Transitional B certificate.

Deficiencies: Students who have liberal arts coursework still outstanding by the completion of their degree will not receive University endorsement for initial certification until those requirements are met. Any delay in applying for and receiving initial certification at the time of graduation may subject you to additional state requirements.

Applying for Certification

To apply for certification.

PLEASE BE ADVISED

IF YOU ARE SEEKING AN INITIAL/PROFESSIONAL OR PROVISIONAL/PERMANENT 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 TO THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION BEFORE WE WILL PROVIDE INSTITUTIONAL ENDORSEMENT. 

Forms must be completely filled out or they will be returned. To avoid any possible delay, e-mail or bring the completed form to the Certification Officer 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 fill out and submit the Institutional Release Authorization Forms here:

Degrees are conferred three times a year, on or around the following dates: January 30, September 30, or the next weekday following May commencement. Diplomas are usually available for pick-up in the Dean’s Office of The School of Education 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.

You must apply directly to New York State for certification. For instructions on Applying for a Certificate (Word), refer to Applying for a Certificate. 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.

After your degree is officially conferred, you have satisfied all deficiencies and workshop requirements, and you have properly submitted the Institutional Release Authorization Form to your Teacher Certification Officer, we can then access and review your account in the TEACH online system. We will provide the institutional endorsement and your certificate will typically be available on TEACH within a few days provided all other requirements are met.

The 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.

Contact Information for Office of Teaching Initiatives

Information for School Counseling, School Psychology, Library Science, and Speech Language Pathology (TSSLD) Certification

For graduates seeking provisional and/or permanent certification or initial and/or professional certification, depending on your area, it is necessary to complete an online application via the TEACH online account. For directions to request a University endorsement for the completion of an approved pathway program, please visit Applying for Certification.

Information for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Certification

For graduates seeking certification in the area of Mental Health Counseling, please be sure to obtain all forms for certification from Robert K. Eschenauer, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Counselor Education. 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.

Professional Certification

After you have received your initial teaching certificate, you are expected to progress to the professional teaching certificate within five years.

After you have received your initial teaching certificate, you are expected to progress to the professional teaching certificate within five 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
  • 3 years of classroom teaching experience (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 and ongoing Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements for teachers: www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/maintaincert-prof.html

Additional Information and Resources

Interstate Reciprocity

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) issues the Conditional Initial Certification to qualified individuals holding 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. 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.

International Students

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 US 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-US credentials, please see this information.

Valuable Resources for Teacher Certification Information

Contact information for Office of Teaching Initiatives.

Index of resources on NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives.

Information about Teaching in New York City.

An informative certification fact sheet provided by the NYSUT (New York State United Teachers): Teacher Certification NYSUT 2014.

Information for teachers concerning NYS Common Core Learning Standards.