This page provides detailed information regarding teacher certification at SUNY New Paltz. The Office of Teaching Initiatives has a Certification Start to Finish page on the teacher certification process in NYS that will answer most of your questions beyond what's below for SUNY New Paltz.
Please click on the links below to navigate to more information on the following certification topics:
- Academic Preparation
- Teaching Certificate Applications
- Certification Tests
- Test Preparation
- Test Safety Nets (including Emergency COVID-19 apps)
- Degree Applications
- Professional Certification
- Adding Certifications
- Certification in Other States
- Contact & Resources
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires teachers to obtain certification before they can teach in public schools. The steps to become recommended for certification by SUNY New Paltz involve the following:
You must complete one of our accredited programs of study in education, including an acceptable academic major, the required pedagogical coursework, the Child Abuse ID, SAVE, DASA, and Health & Safety Ed workshops, student teaching placements, and a conferred degree upon graduation.
***School of Education (SoE) Grading Policy for Methods Classes for Spring 2020: Although SUNY New Paltz is offering a Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option for students for spring 2020, the SoE will continue to require a minimum letter grade for its methods classes. The required minimum letter grades are here: School_of_Education_Grading_Policy_SP20.
Notice of Education Program Changes:
Because teacher education certification programs and requirements may change, it is the teacher candidate’s responsibility to stay up to date on all requirements necessary for graduation and certification, including details for fingerprints, workshops, certificate applications and exams. Education majors should consult with the appropriate program coordinator, attend advising sessions, and make regular appointments with their advisors. All certification questions should be directed to the Certification Advisor Chris Whitaker at firstname.lastname@example.org . The Education Preparation Unit will comply with any new SUNY or NYSED regulations required to complete the appropriate programs to be recommended for certification. Efforts will be made to update education majors on any changes in program requirements, but teacher candidates are ultimately responsible for meeting all program requirements.
FINGERPRINTS:* (See note below)
All teacher candidates must be fingerprinted through MorphoTrust upon acceptance into an education degree program. First, you need to self-register to create a TEACH Login Account before getting fingerprinted. Then make an appointment through Identogo using the Certification Service Code and URL. Here is the current list of locations.
The closest MorphoTrust site to campus is IdentoGO at 280 Wall St. in Kingston, NY (located between Uptown Coffee and Ulster Savings Bank). Their fingerprinting hours are Monday through Thursday from 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM. For public transportation there, please check the bus schedule, as IdentoGo is only blocks away from the Kingston bus station.
Remember: Your fingerprints must be verified on your TEACH Account, and a printout must be submitted to your department to be documented on your campus record before starting any fieldwork placement. To clarity: our fingerprints are not cleared once on your TEACH Account, just received and available. Only school districts can run a Clearance Check on your fingerprints. If you have other questions, please refer to the very helpful and detailed FAQ on the new fingerprinting system.
*Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter, (or any past legal or background history) please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.
Health & Safety Education Trainings: If you are currently a teacher candidate in our undergraduate B-6 or 7-12 programs, or ANY graduate program that recommends for an Initial certificate, you must pass a 0-credit training course in four areas of Health & Safety Education called EDI095 in order to graduate. Register for EDI095 on your my.newpaltz.edu under Education Interdisciplinary. (This requirement pertains to the School Counseling, Speech & Learning Disabilities, and School Leadership / Educational Administration programs as well.)
Child Abuse Identification Workshop (CA ID) and School Violence Prevention (SAVE): These trainings need to be completed for your fieldwork observations and for graduation. On-campus workshops are offered each semester. For Spring 2022: CA ID is offered on March 27. SAVE will not be offered by us, so please see the online version below for the same price as it would be on campus. If completed on campus, no graded quizzes are involved and proof of completion will be documented on your transcripts and also reported to your TEACH Accounts. Register for CA ID with your credit card at this link.***
Otherwise, take the workshops online with required quizzes 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. See below on how to document your workshops.*
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) training: A DASA training must be documented on your transcripts for graduation. On-campus workshops are offered each semester. For Spring 2022: Feb 27 or April 3. Proof of completion will be documented on your transcripts and also reported to your TEACH Accounts once the workshops are completed here. Register for either one with your credit card at this link.***
***If you received a Pell Grant or an Excelsior Scholarship this year, please emial in a copy of your award letter to email@example.com to register and have the workshop fees waived. The document must include both your name, N#, and the title and amount or your award.
Autism: The Needs of Students with Autism Workshop: This training needs to be completed for graduation and recommendation by Special Education/Students with Disabilities and Speech & Language Disabilities teacher candidates only. For Spring 2022, a FREE and approved Needs of Students with Autism workshop will be offered "remotely" on March 9 from 5-8:00 PM. Required registration is at this link.
In-person workshops are offered locally a couple of times each semester by the Center for Spectrum Services.
Otherwise, take the workshop online at www.autismautism.com and enter the registration code NewPaltz9 for the reduced campus rate. This code only works for SUNY New Paltz students.
*For all off-campus workshops, you must have your Child Abuse, SAVE, DASA, and/or Autism workshop documented on your permanent record here for graduation by sending a copy of your workshop certificate of completion to Records and Registration in Wooster Hall 115, or by faxing it to 845-257-3103 to the attention of Rita Cancelliere, or by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org Please send the request from your hawkmail account, which will allow them to authenticate your identity.
TEACHING CERTIFICATE APPLICATION:
When you start your first student teaching placement, it's time for you to apply for your teaching certificate on your TEACH Account.
For Program Codes, our Student Application Information Sheets step-by-step directions will show you how to apply for the appropriate teaching certificate. You must use the specific program code that corresponds to your registered degree and program at SUNY New Paltz.
TEACH Account New 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.
Candidates for certification must achieve qualifying scores on the appropriate tests in the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) program. Learn more general information about the NYSTCE program and the testing requirements for each certificate.
Candidates will need to take the EAS and CST tests to become certified. (TSSLDs see note below.*)
*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.
Testing Updates: (Also see Test Safety Nets below.)
As of April 27, 2022, the edTPA assessment will no longer be required for teacher certification. After 4/27/22, the edTPA/ATS-W requirement will be checked off as "Met" on all current Initial certificate applications. See edTPA FAQs for answers about the elimination of the edTPA & its ATS-W Safety Net.
The EAS (201) test was going to be replaced in Fall 2020 with a redeveloped test called Educating All Students—II (EAS–II) (203) but that's on hold due to COVID-19. Either test will be accepted to fulfill the requirement. Here's the study guide.
The CST Multi-Subject 7-12 Part Two: Mathematics (244) test has been redeveloped.
The CST science tests have been redeveloped as of 11/11/2019.
The Revised (May 2019) SBL Exam (109/110) will be required starting in April 2021.
(The ALST has been eliminated and is no longer required.)
Preparation for the EAS:
To prepare for the demands of the English Language Learner portion of the EAS (Educating All Students) test, please refer to this PowerPoint on ELL for EAS training. And here are the documents from our EAS training with Dr. Isaac: Eas Study Guide, Eas Rubric, RTI Pamphlet, EAS Review Ppt by Dr. Isaac.
Preparation for CSTs:
For preparation guides, test frameworks, passing scores, practice tests, and retake options for all of the CSTs, please select the CST you need to take from the NYSTCE drop-down list and click "GO."
School Leadership Assessments (SLA): (Also see EAS info below.)
(For CAS candidates only) Please complete these assessments after your coursework is finished but before graduation, as passing scores on both the SDL & SBL Revised Parts I and II are required for the degree and recommendation. (See Test Updates!) SDL and SBL Revised Parts One and 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 SDL and SBL NYSTCE.
***CAS candidates, please note: The EAS is now required for both the SDL and SBL certifications.***
Test Score Reports: NYSTCE test score reports are released according to the following schedules.
The safety net passing score for the EAS is 500. Candidates may use the EAS safety net passing score until the revised EAS-II test becomes operational.
Emergency COVID-19 Certificate Apppications:
The Emergency COVID-19 certificate applications options will be closed as Sept. 1st 2022.
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. 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 application information is available on the Records and Registration website.
Teacher Certification Recommendation Authorization Form:
Remember: SUNY New Paltz cannot recommend you for certification without your 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, here's what to do:
1. Log into my.newpaltz.edu
2. Click the Students tab if you are not there already
3. Click School of Education (on the left under RESOURCES)
4. Click Teacher Certification Recommendation Authorization Form and follow the instructions on the page.
Degree Verification: SUNY New Paltz provides Enrollment and Degree Verification. Please send the request from your hawkmail account, which will allow Records & Registration to authenticate your identity.
Receiving Your Certificate:
The college will recommend you for certification after your degree has been conferred (usually three-to-four weeks after grades are submitted), and then NYSED requires up to 30 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.
NYSED no longer prints and delivers paper certificates for time-limited certificates such as Initial & Provisional. If you need an original document, you can apply for a duplicate or printed copy of your certificate.
Every teacher applying for Professional certification must now register with NYSED and apply for initial registration during his/her month of birth and renew his/her registration in the last year of each subsequent five-year period thereafter. Find out more about teacher registration here.
Other requirements for Professional Certification:
In addition to completing your master’s degree, you'll also need to provide verification of your Teaching and Mentored Experiences for Professional certification. For more information, please see our professional certification requirements page.
See our step-by-step Certificate Progression Directions 2019 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. Please send documentation to NYSED to complete your application following these guidelines.
Professional Development for Professional Certificate Holders:
Professional certificate holders in all classroom teaching and school leader titles must complete and keep a record of all Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) or professional development during their Professional Development Period. 100 hours every 5 years are needed to maintain a Professional certificate and for teachers and school leaders to re-register their Professional certifications. Here are the options for acceptable CTLE. All CTLE must be completed with Approved Sponsors and reported using the required form. Please use the tracking form for your own records. Here’s a useful FAQ on Registration and CTLE requirements.
The College can recommend you only for the specific title and type of certification which corresponds to your program. If you are seeking to add 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 our step-by-step Additional Certificate Directions 2019 on how to apply for an additional certificate. Please send documentation to NYSED to complete your application following these guidelines.
CERTIFICATION IN OTHER STATES:
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 New York should send the out-of-state verification forms to Bethanne Delgaudio at email@example.com in Records and Registration in Wooster Hall 115 for the signature of the certification officer and the university seal (an original signature is sometimes required). Please send the request from your hawkmail account, which will allow Records & Registration to authenticate your identity.
Undergraduate degree programs at SUNY New Paltz that lead to initial certification include:
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.
CONTACT & RESOURCES:
School of Education Certification Advisor Contact Information: Chris Whitaker, Old Main Building Room 218C, Mon-Fri 2:00-5:00 for appointments. 845-257-2790 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commencement Information: 845-257-3972
NYSED Office of Teacher Initiatives: 518-474-3901
Records & Registration: Wooster Hall Room 115. 845-257-3100.