Career Services and Certification

The SOE Office of Career Services works with students on New York State teacher certification, credential files, job search workshops and resources, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation and practice, employer information and recruiting sessions, and help with the graduate school search and application process.

Lauren Schmidt, Career and Certification Counselor|315.443.2956
Lauren Schmidt

Career Services

  • Employer information sessions and on-campus interviews.
  • Developing and maintaining your professional online presence.
  • Free professional headshots.
  • Help and referrals for internships, summer jobs, and part time jobs.
  • Local and national job listings.
  • One-on-one assistance on developing your resume, writing a cover letter, and completing job applications.
  • Networking events.
  • Post-graduate planning and post-graduation document reviews.
  • Preparation for Teacher Recruitment Days, featuring school districts from across the country.
  • Guidance with the University-wide Career Services office (including alumni networking, internship searches, and more)
  • Tips for putting together a professional portfolio.
  • Workshops on the certification, graduate school, internship, and job search processes.


Career Services and the Office of Academic Services helps students in preparation programs apply for New York State certification. While our preparation programs meet the academic requirements, additional paperwork and testing is required to receive certification. Contact Career Services or your advisor with any questions about the process.


Be sure to join and populate Handshake—Syracuse University’s career management platform—to search for jobs and internships, learn about career events and information sessions, connect with employers, and schedule career counseling appointments.

Credential File Service

A credential file contains letters of recommendation that can be sent to potential employers and graduate schools. There is a $35 registration fee, which covers the first three mailings or the first six emailed files. Additional mailings can be done for a fee.

Once you’ve established a file, it remains active for the duration of your career life; updated letters can be added at any time. For more details and to set up your credential file, please refer to the Credential File Application (.pdf).