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Certification

Office of Academic and Student Services
111 Waverly Ave., Suite 230
315-443-4759

New York State Certification Institutional Recommendation

An institutional recommendation can be submitted to the New York State Education Department once you have completed a state-approved degree program leading to the recommendation of New York State certification.

New York State Certification Exams Change

(see Required New York State Teacher Certification Examinations below)

Initial Certification

  • Initial certification is the first New York State certificate and is effective for 5 years from the issuance date.
  • Complete School of Education approved undergraduate or graduate teacher prep program.
  • Pass New York State teacher exams
  • Complete fingerprinting process at least 3 months prior to graduation.
  • Candidates should apply for this certification within 2 years of graduation to be eligible for School of Education’s recommendation.

 Professional Certification

  • Must be earned before initial certificate expires.
  • New York State teacher exams are not required (with the exception of Speech & Language Disabilities).
  • Requires completion of a Masters degree in a related area of initial certification.
  • Requires completion of 3 years full time teaching employment.
  • Requires completion of professional development through school district employer.

Options for those with Initial Certification Earned at the Bachelors level

  • Earn Masters degree leading to professional certification in area of initial certification.
  • Earn Masters degree in a new certification area.
  • Earn Masters degree, provided that 12 graduate credits of content related to the initial certificate are completed (as part of the Masters or in addition to it), as specified by New York State (must apply for certification directly to New York State Department of Education).

Checklist of Steps for New York State Certification

  • Complete the Child Health & Life Safety online seminar prior to student teaching. Send e-mail to NYSCHLSS@syr.edu for registration information.
  • Successfully pass the required New York State Teacher Certification exams. Test dates, registration and preparation guides are available at www.nystce.nesinc.com
  • Apply for fingerprinting clearance at least 3 months prior to graduation.  Please e-mail Linda DeFrees at ladefree@syr.edu for more information.
  • Meet with an academic advisor in the Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Ave., Suite 230, to confirm that all degree requirements will be completed. Call 315-443-9319.
  • Apply for certification through NYSED TEACH Online Services.  Directions will be e-mailed to the student listservs prior to graduation.

Recommendation for Certification

  • Online certification recommendation will be completed once award date is posted on transcript (typically 4-6 weeks after graduation).

Out-of-State Teacher Certification

  • Each state has specific teacher certification requirement; therefore, it is recommended that students search each state’s education department web site for the most up-to-date information.

Child Health & Life Safety Seminar

  • If you are in a teacher preparation program leading to a New York State Certification, you are required to complete the Child Health & Life Safety Seminar prior to student teaching.
  • The Office of Academic and Student Services is offering this mandated seminar in an online format via Blackboard.
  • The six required topic areas are Child Abuse Recognition, Violence Prevention, Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco Prevention, Child Abduction Prevention, Fire and Arson Prevention, and Highway/General Safety.
  • The seminar is free of charge to Syracuse University students, who will be eligible for institutional recommendation for New York State Certification and/or need the seminar for graduation.
  • Upon completion of the seminar, you will need to arrange to take an online final exam, which is being offered by the Office of Academic and Student Services.
  • You must complete the seminar and pass the exam BEFORE student teaching.
  • Call 315-443-9319 for more information regarding registration.

DASA (Dignity for All Students Act)

  • This workshop training will be a certification requirement for students who are graduating May, June and August 2014. 
  • Students graduating December 2013 will be required to apply for certification on NYSED TEACH before December 31, 2013 to be waived from this requirement.

Fingerprinting 

  • Required for New York State certification
  • Apply for fingerprinting clearance at least 3 months prior to graduation.
  • Please e-mail Linda DeFrees at ladefree@syr.edu for more information.
  • Inquiries regarding whether previous fingerprinting applies for certification, please contact Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability, New York State Education Department, 987 Education Building Annex, Albany, NY 12234. Phone 518-473-2998 or email OSPRA@mail.nysed.gov.

 

Required New York State Teacher Certification Examinations

New Tests under Development

Candidate  Current Exams New Exams
Teacher Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio)
Educating All Students Test
Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST) Academic Literacy Skills Test
Content Specialty Tests (CST) Revised Content Specialty Tests
School Building Leader School Building Leader Exam (Written) School Building Leader Exam (Including Performance Assessment)
Educating All Students Test

 

Which Tests Will Candidates Be Required to Take?

Certificate  Applying for certification and will have completed all requirements on or before 4/30/2014 Applying for certification on or after 5/1/2014
Initial Teaching Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST) Academic Literacy Skills Test ALST)  
Content Specialty Tests (CST) Content Specialty Test (CST)
Initial School Building Leader Current School Building Leader Assessment (SBL) Revised School Building Leader Assessment (SBL)
Educating All Students Test

 

For students graduating in 2013

  • All candidates for the Initial teaching certificate may take the current Content Specialty Test in their field.  Candidates who do not pass the current CST prior to implementation of the new CST will have to pass the new CST.  (See “When will the new exams be available,” below.)
  • Candidates who apply for their first Initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 and who will have completed all of their requirements by April 30, 2014 will be required to pass the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W).  Candidates who do not complete all requirements (including passing both the LAST and the ATS-W) by April 30, 2014 will be required to pass the new Teacher Performance Assessment, Educating All Students test, and Academic Literacy Skills Test.
  • Candidates who apply for the initial school building leader (SBL) certificate on or before April 30, 2014 and who will have completed all of their requirements by April 30, 2014 will be required to pass the current SBL exam. Candidates who do not complete all requirements (including passing the current SBL exam) by April 30, 2014 will be required to pass the new SBL exam and the Educating All Students Test.

For students graduating in 2014

  • All candidates for the Initial teaching certificate may take the current Content Specialty Test in their field.  Candidates who do not pass the current CST prior to implementation of the new CST will have to pass the new CST.  (See “When will the new exams be available,” below.)
  • Candidates who apply for their first Initial certificate on or after May 1, 2014—including candidates who will graduate from an approved teacher preparation program on or after May 1, 2014—should not take the LAST or the ATS-W.  These candidates will be required to pass the new Teacher Performance Assessment, Educating All Students test, and Academic Literacy Skills Test. 
  • Candidates who apply for the initial SBL certificate on or after May 1, 2014—including candidates who will graduate from an approved SBL preparation program on or after May 1, 2014—should not take the current SBL exam.  These candidates will be required to pass the new SBL exam and the new Educating All Students test.

 

When will the new exams be available?

The Teacher Performance Assessment will be available in Fall 2013.  The Academic Literacy Skills Test, Educating All Students test, and School Building Leader exam will be available in Fall 2013. A timetable with each new CST is available at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp#TPA

What is going to be covered on the new exams?

To enable program administrators and faculty to adjust their curricula and prepare their candidates to pass the new exams, the Department has posted test frameworks that outline in detail the material that each test will cover, as well as the performance standards for each test at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp#TPA.   This includes the Teacher Performance Assessment, the Academic Literacy Skills test, the Educating All Students test, and the new School Building Leader exam. The framework for each new CST will be published well before the first administration date.

Additional information regarding the new exams and other Department initiatives in educator preparation and certification can be found at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/resources.html.

Questions?  E-mail edcertpolicy@mail.nysed.gov. The Department will periodically publish answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.

Please see the NYSED web site for more details and updates at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp#TPA

Undergraduate Programs

Program Name Certification Title
Art Education Visual Art (All Grades)
English Education English Language Arts (7-12)
Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education Early Childhood (Birth-2) and Students with Disabilities (Birth-2)
Inclusive Elementary & Special Education Childhood Education (1-6) & Special Education/Students with Disabilities (1-6)
Mathematics Education Mathematics (7-12)
Music Education Music (All Grades)
Physical Education Physical Education (All Grades)
Science Education/Biology Biology (7-12)
Science Education/Chemistry Chemistry (7-12)
Science Education/Earth Science Earth Science (7-12)
Science Education/Physics Physics (7-12)
Social Studies Education Social Studies (7-12)
Spanish Education Spanish (7-12)

 

Graduate Programs

Program Name Certification Title
Art Education Prep Visual Arts (All Grades)
Art Education Professional Certification Visual Arts (All Grades)
Childhood Education Prep (1-6) Childhood Education (1-6)
Early Childhood Special Education Early Childhood Education (Birth-2)
and Students with Disabilities (Birth-2)
Educational Leadership School Building Leader
School District Leader
English Education Prep (7-12) English Language Arts (7-12)
Inclusive Special Education Prep (1-6) Students with Disabilities (1-6)
Inclusive Special Education Prep (7-12 Generalist) Students with Disabilities (7-12)
Inclusive Special Education: Severe/Multiple Disabilities Severe/Multiple Disabilities Annotation
Instructional Technology Educational Technology Specialist (All Grades)
* Library & Info Science: School Media Library Media Specialist (All Grades)
Literacy Education (Birth-6) Literacy (Birth-6)
Literacy Education (5-12) Literacy (5-12)
Mathematics Education Prep (7-12) Mathematics (7-12)
Music Education Prep Music (All Grades)
Music Education Professional Certification - MS/MMUS Music (All Grades)
Science/Biology Prep (7-12) Biology (7-12)
Science/Chemistry Prep (7-12) Chemistry (7-12)
Science/Earth Science Prep (7-12) Earth Science (7-12)
Science/Physics Prep (7-12) Physics (7-12)
School Counseling (M.S.) School Counselor (Provisional K-12)
School Counseling (C.A.S.) School Counselor (Permanent K-12)
Social Studies Prep (7-12) Social Studies (7-12)
** Speech-Language Pathology (NYT) Speech & Language Disabilities (All Grades)
Teaching English Language Learners English to Speakers of Other Languages (All Grades)

* Program offered through School of Information Studies
** Program offered through College of Arts & Sciences