Teacher Certification

Certification Regulations

For New York State Part 52.21 Registration of Curricula in Teacher Education, please visit NYSED link here

For NYS Certificate Definitions and Requirements, please see below.

Requirements for Provisional and Permanent Certificates (PPS only)

Provisional Certificate - the first certificate (valid for five years) obtained by a candidate who has met the requirements of Pupil Personnel Services certificates.

Permanent Certificate - the final teaching certificate obtained by a candidate who has met the requirements of Pupil Personnel Services certificates.  Requirements include a valid Provisional Certifcate, an appropriate master’s degree and two years of PPS experience.

Requirements for Initial and Professional Certificates

Initial Certificate - the first teaching certificate (valid for five years) obtained by a candidate who has met the requirements of teaching or school building leader certificates.  Requirements include the completion of a NYS state approved teacher certification program, passing scores on the required NYS Teacher Certification Exams and fingerpirnt clearance.

Professional Certificate - the final teaching certificate obtained by a candidate who has met the requirements of teaching or School Building Leader (SBL)certificates.  Requirements include an appropriate master's degree and three years of teaching experience including one year of mentored teaching experience. Professional Certificate in SBL also requires one year of school building leader experience and one year of mentored school building experience.  Holders of the Professional Certificate will be required to complete 175 hours of professional development every five years.

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