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:

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.

July 10, 2015 is the last day to submit new digital fingerprints via the Teach Account application and LiveScan fingerprinting. After this date, a new system called MorphoTrust will take over the transmission of the fingerprint application, fee and digital fingerprint images. Click HERE for timelines and more information.

Failure to successfully complete the current fingerprint process before July 10, 2015 will require students to re-apply and pay new fees! Incomplete fingerprint applications are not eligible for a refund and cannot be credited towards a new application.

If you plan on processing your fingerprints this summer, the first day to have fingerprints scanned by MorphoTrust is August 3, 2015. Here is the current list of locations. We are working with campus police on becoming a MorphoTrust provider.

See these directions in order to apply for and process your fingerprints via your Teach Account and LiveScan BEFORE July 2015 only.

Child Abuse Identification Workshop and SAVE/School Violence Prevention:
These trainings need to be completed for your fieldwork observations. 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 (starting in March) and HERE. Proof of completion will be documented on your transcripts once the workshop is completed. Mark your calendar for the next on-campus training: April 11, 2015.

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 Records and Registration 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 each semester. Online registration will be 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: March 28 and May 2.

Otherwise, take the DASA training at our local BOCES Center for School Safety (845-255-8989; 175 Route 32 North, New Paltz, N.Y. 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 Records and Registration in Haggerty Administration Building 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

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 user IDs and passwords with no waiting for email responses. Simply click on "USERNAME go to" or "PASSWORD to go."

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. Check to see whether the test in question is offered in the paper-based or computer-based version. Check out test preparation guides.

Candidates graduating in May 2014 and after should take the new tests: edTPA, EAS, ALST, and Revised CSTs*. Computer-based NYSTCE tests will be available to be taken on campus in CSB 29 on the following weekend days: Jan. 18 & 24, Feb. 7 & 21, March 7 & 21, April 11 & 19. Paper-based testing will be held on campus on April 25.

***Students with financial aid who fail exams may retake them at no cost using a voucher. See directions on how to apply for the CAAF test voucher program. Applications are due by June 18, 2015. This program is not designed to reimburse students for tests that have already taken or applied for prior to receiving a voucher.

*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.

Preparation for ALST & EAS:

We are offering a new one-credit modular course to help students prepare for the demands of the ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test) and will also continue to offer the one-credit modular course to help candidates prepare for the English Language Learner portion of the EAS (Educating All Students) test. Please register:

For ALST: Critical Analysis of Complex Literary & Informational Texts EDI 499 (or EDI799 at the graduate level)

For EAS: Working with English Language Learners EDI399 (or EDI599 at the graduate level) through

If unable to register for or attend Working with English Language Learners, 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, check out our very helpful 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 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.

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.

Check out more information about the NYSTCE program.

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 on the Records and Registration website.

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 must be submitted to Records and Registration in Haggerty Administration Building 19.

Receiving Your Certificate:
The college will recommend you for certification after your degree has been conferred (usually six 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.

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 online.

To identify the specific requirements needed for any given certificate, check NYSED's search certification requirements.

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

Certificate Progression:
See 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 New York 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 pfficer 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 online

Child Abuse Workshop online 

Autism Workshop online: 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