School of Education

School of Education

Certification Assistance

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:

Academic Preparation:
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 have their fingerprints processed before Fieldwork Observations. Start by setting up a TEACH Account with NYSED and applying at Click here for directions on how to apply and process your fingerprints via LiveScan on campus. Or watch our Fingerprint Process Presentation.

Child Abuse Identification Workshop and SAVE/School Violence Prevention:
These trainings need to be completed for your Fieldwork Observations, also. On-campus workshops are offered toward the middle of each semester. Registration forms will be available the month prior to the workshop at the Old Main 115 Certification Bulletin Board or by clicking HERE. Proof of completion will be documented on your transcripts once the workshop is completed. Mark your calendar for the next on-campus versions: Saturday, Nov. 8!

Otherwise, take the workshops online at  or 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 and graduation by sending copies of your workshop certificates of completion to Rec. & Reg. in Haggerty Administration Building (HAB) Room 19, or faxing them to 845-257-3103 to the attention of Rita Cancelliere, or emailing them to

DASA (Dignity for All Students Act training): Starting in 2014 and onward, a DASA training must be documented on your transcripts for graduation. On-campus workshops will be offered toward the middle of each semester. Online registration is available at DASA . Proof of completion for the on-campus version will be documented on your transcripts once the workshop is completed. Next on-campus DASA workshops: Saturday, Nov. 15!

Otherwise, take the DASA training at our local BOCES Center for School Safety. 845-255-8989. 175 Route 32 North, New Paltz, NY 12561

If you complete an off-campus training, you must have your DASA workshop documented on your permanent record here for graduation by sending a copy of your workshop certificate of completion to Rec. & Reg. in HAB 19, or by faxing it to 845-257-3103 to the attention of Rita Cancelliere, or by emailing it to

When you start your first Student Teaching placement, apply for your Teaching Certificate on your Teach Account at

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:

Candidates for certification must achieve qualifying scores on the appropriate tests in the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) program. Register for the tests and choose a location and time at . Check to see whether the test in question is offered in the paper-based or computer-based version. The test preparation guides are available HERE.

Candidates graduating in May 2014 and after should take the new tests: edTPA, EAS, ALST, and Revised CSTs. The only current NYSTCE test being grandfathered is the CST.* Candidates who don't take and pass the current CST in their content area before the new test is implemented will be required to take and pass the newly revised CST test.
For more information, check: 

*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.

ELL for EAS:
To prepare for the English Language Learner portion of the EAS, take our 1-credit training module, which meets for a total of 6-hours and can be taken during Student Teaching. Register for Working with English Language Learners EDI399 (or EDI599 if at the graduate level) through If unable to register or attend, please refer to this PowerPoint on ELL for EAS training.

And here are the documents from our EAS/ALST training with Dr. Isaac:
EAS Study Guide, EAS RubricRTI Pamphlet, RTI Reference, ALST Study Guide, ALST Reading with Answers, ALST Rubric.

***Also, be sure to check out our new webmix of resources to help you prepare for the EAS (with a couple items for the ALST, too.)

edTPA Information:
For general information on the Teacher Performance Assessment portfolio (edTPA), please check our Website at and for detailed preparation guidelines, access our edTPA Candidate Community site on Blackboard. Be sure to register for the assessment at

***Students who do not pass the edTPA can either re-take the part of the edTPA not passed, OR take the ATS-W in its place (until June 30, 2015) and not have to re-take edTPA in order to get Initial certification. (Just remember that the submitted edTPA must be "scorable" in order to be failed.) Learn more about this option and how to apply for a free ATS-W test voucher HERE.

School Leadership Assessments (SLA):
(For CAS candidates only) Complete after coursework is finished but before graduation, as passing scores on the SDL Parts I & II are required for the degree and recommendation. SDL, SBL, and SDBL Parts One & Two will all be administered individually on computer-based sessions. Assessments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis for limited seating, so early registration is essential. For information and links to preparation materials, please check SLA NYSTCE.

For more information about the NYSTCE program, please check

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 (HAB) 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

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 HAB 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:

Additional Certifications:
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
To identify the specific requirements needed for any given certificate, check NYSED's "Search Certification Requirements" at:

Click HERE for step-by-step directions on how to apply for an additional certificate.

Certificate Progression:
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.

Interstate Reciprocity:
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.

Out-of-State Verification:
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 website.

Resources for you:
Records & Registration: Haggerty Administration Building Room 19 845-257-3110
Graduation Checklist:
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