This page will provide you with clear and concise information regarding teacher certification at SUNY New Paltz. The Office of Teaching Initiatives provides comprehensive information regarding the teacher certification process in New York State, including an FAQ page that will answer most of your questions.
Teacher Certification Requirements: How and When
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires teachers to obtain certification before they can teach. Remember, it is your responsibility to stay current on deadlines for graduation, tests, NYSTCE, certification applications, and requirements. The steps to become recommended for certification by SUNY New Paltz involve the following:
You must complete one of our NCATE approved programs of study in education, including an acceptable academic major, the required pedagogical coursework, student teaching placements, and a conferred degree upon graduation.
Students must be cleared for Fieldwork Observations. Start by applying for clearance with NYSED at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ospra/fpprocess.html. Click here for further directions on how to process your fingerprints via LiveScan on campus.
Child Abuse Identification Workshop and SAVE/School Violence Prevention Workshop:
These trainings need to be completed for your Fieldwork Observations, also. On-campus workshops are offered toward the end of each semester. Pick up a registration form on the bulletin board next to Old Main Room 115. Drop off the completed form and your money order with Chris Whitaker in Old Main Room 115A between 2 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Proof of completion will be documented on your transcripts once the workshop is completed.
Otherwise, take the workshops online at www.childabuseworkshop.com or www.violenceworkshop.com and enter the registration code NewPaltz9 for the same rate as on-campus. This code only works for SUNY New Paltz students.
For the online or other off-campus versions only, you need to have your SAVE and Child Abuse workshops documented on your permanent record for recommendation by sending copies of your workshop certificates of completion to Rec. & Reg. in Haggerty Administration Building Room 19, or faxing them to 845-257-3103 to the attention of Elizabeth Shuipis, or emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Certificate Application:
When you start your first Student Teaching placement, apply for your Teaching Certificate on your Teach Account at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/.
Student Application Information Sheets with step-by-step directions (and Program Codes) will show you how to register, log-in, and apply for the appropriate teaching certificate. You can only use the specific Program Code that corresponds to your registered degree and program at SUNY New Paltz.
TEACH Account Password Reset:
There's a self-service feature for students to retrieve their Teach Account Userids and Passwords with no waiting for email responses. Simply click on "USERNAME go to" or "PASSWORD to go" on this link: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/report.html
Candidates for certification must achieve qualifying scores on the appropriate tests in the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) program.
***Candidates graduating in May 2014 or after should wait for the new tests to be available before beginning testing. For more information, check: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp
For detailed information on the Teacher Performance Assessment portfolio (edTPA), please check http://sites.newpaltz.edu/edtpa/
Register for each examination at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com as you prepare to take them. The sequence in which to take them is as follows:
• The Liberal Arts and Sciences Test or LAST: In your junior year after the completion of the basic liberal arts and sciences coursework in your general education requirements.
• The Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written or ATS-W: Upon the completion of your pedagogy coursework and field experiences, or after your first placement in Student Teaching if you don't feel ready before then. Childhood Education majors take the Elementary ATS-W, and Adolescence Education majors take the Secondary ATS-W.
• The Content Specialty Test or CST*: After content courses are finished in either your junior or senior year. For Childhood Education students, this will not be until Student Teaching, and you would take the Multi-Subject Test. For Adolescence Education students, this can be as soon as the content major requirements are completed, and you would take the corresponding subject test.
*Students seeking certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities will take the Praxis II exam for Speech-Language Pathology rather than the CST, but this is required at the Professional certificate level.
• The School Leadership Assessments or SLA: (For CAS candidates only) After coursework is finished but before graduation, as passing scores are required for the degree and recommendation. SDL, SBL, and SDBL Parts One & Two will all be administered individually on computer during five separate five-day testing windows per year. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis for limited seating, so early registration is essential. For times and locations, please check: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_SLA_Registration.asp
For more information about the NYSTCE program, please check http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/faqtests.html
All students must apply for graduation and submit their application by the first day of the first month of the graduating semester to Records and Registration in Haggerty Administration Building Room 19. You cannot be recommended by the college to NYSED for Teacher Certification without a conferred degree, whether or not you have completed the necessary coursework. The degree applications are available at www.newpaltz.edu/registrar/graduation.html.
Remember: SUNY New Paltz cannot recommend you for certification without your written permission. Be sure to sign the release at the bottom of the degree application, authorizing SUNY New Paltz to recommend you. If you forget to do this, a Teacher Certification Recommendation Authorization Form is available HERE and must be submitted to Records and Registration in Haggerty Administration Building Room 19.
Receiving Your Certificate:
The college will recommend you for certification after your degree has been conferred (usually 6 weeks after grades are submitted), and then NYSED requires approximately 60 days to evaluate your application. Check your TEACH account "Evaluation History" for details on the processing of your application, as you may be missing a requirement, such as a workshop or a test. If all the requirements are met, you will be given a Control Number on your TEACH account, which you can use as verification for job applications. Log in to your account to check your status: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/
The College can recommend you only for the specific title and type of certification which corresponds to your program. If you are seeking other certifications, you must apply directly to NYSED on-line at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/
To identify the specific requirements needed for any given certificate, check NYSED's "Search Certification Requirements" at: http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/CertRequirementHelp.do
Click HERE for step-by-step directions on how to apply for an additional certificate.
Click HERE for step-by-step directions on how to progress your Initial certification to Professional using a master’s degree in a different teachable content area from your bachelor's degree.
Those wishing to teach in states other than New York should check the Certification Map for information on each state's reciprocity agreement with New York.
Those finding employment as teachers in states other than NY should send the out-of-state verification forms to Elizabeth Shuipis in Records and Registration in Haggerty Administration Building 19 for the signature of the Certification Officer and the university seal. (An original signature is sometimes required.)
Undergraduate degree programs at SUNY New Paltz that lead to Initial certification include:
Bachelor of Science in Education (Birth-2) or (1- 6)
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Art in Adolescence Education (7-12)
Bachelor of Science, Art Education
For graduate degree programs at SUNY New Paltz that lead to Initial and Professional certification, including Teacher Education, School Counseling, and Speech and Language Disabilities, please check the Graduate School's Web site.
Resources for you:
School of Education edTPA Information Website
Records & Registration: Haggerty Administration Building Room 19 845-257-3110
Commencement Information: 845-257-3972
NYSED Office of Teacher Initiatives: 518-474-3901
Fingerprinting clearance: 518-473-2998
SAVE Workshop on-line
Child Abuse Workshop on-line
Autism Workshop on-line Enter the registration code NewPaltz9 for the same rate as on-campus. This code only works for SUNY New Paltz students.
Registration Bulletin for Teacher Certification Exams
Certification Information: Old Main Building Room 115A, 845-257-2790 or email@example.com