Teacher Certification Requirements & COVID-19 Information
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires teachers to obtain certification before they can teach. It is the candidate's responsibility to stay current on deadlines for graduation, certification applications, NYSED rules/regulations, workshops, and Exam requirements for the certificate(s) sought. Please scroll down and review the entire page.
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- New Students - Start Here
- Certification Examinations
- Applying For Your Certificate
- Teaching in Other States
- FAQ: Alternative Certification Trans B Students
- NYSED edTPA Safety Net eligibility
- NYSED COVID Information
- TEACH Login page
- NYSED Contact Information
- View Job Listings (OLAS)
- Certification Office Data
edTPA Safety Net has been extended to September 2021
The edTPA safety net has been extended through the 2020-2021 academic year, including Fall 2020 through Summer 2021 terms. The following candidates are now eligible for the edTPA safety net.
New York State Candidates in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020
- Candidates who complete a student teaching or similar clinical experience during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 terms while enrolled in a New York State educator preparation program (EPP) and are on a list submitted by the EPP dean or dean’s designee to the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI), verifying that they could not complete their edTPA submission as a result of the COVID-19 crisis during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 terms, are eligible for the edTPA safety net.
New York State Candidates During the 2020-2021 Academic Year
- Candidates who complete a student teaching or similar clinical experience during the 2020-2021 academic year while enrolled in a New York State educator preparation program (EPP) are eligible for the edTPA safety net. They must be on a list submitted by the EPP dean or dean’s designee to OTI verifying that they completed a student teaching or similar clinical experience during the 2020-2021 academic year. The Pace Certification Officer will compile a list of all students registered for student teaching and send the list to the NYSED near the end of each term.
Graduated or student taught before Spring 2020 term - You are not eligible for the edTPA Safety Net.
Applying for the edTPA Safety Net
Candidates who are eligible for the safety net, have a passing ATS-W score in their TEACH account, and have an active certificate application on file can apply for the safety net.
- First VERIFY your status with Dr. Hyacinthe, edTPA Coordinator email@example.com
- Dr. Hyacinthe will confirm First/Last name and last 4 Social Security Number (must match what is on TEACH)
- When the ATS-W score appears on TEACH, nothing triggers the application to get updated
- NYSED staff will need to manually issue the certificate(s) at your request
- Make sure that all info matches – across your TEACH account and NYSTCE (Pearson) account
- Monitor your TEACH account to see when the ATS-W appears (Account Information page, Test Scores section)
- Once confirmed in your account, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “edTPA safety net” in the subject line with your full name (as it appears in TEACH) and the last four digits of your SSN in the body of the email.
- After receiving the email, the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) staff will check that you were on the list submitted by the Certification Office. If so, the staff will indicate on your certificate application that you are exempt from the edTPA requirement for certification.
- Your TEACH account will not indicate you received the edTPA Safety Net. It will continue to show that the edTPA requirement is "unmet" until a manual review is made and the certificate is issued.
edTPA Safety Net eligible candidate lists are sent to NYSED with the following schedule
- All May 2020 graduates – Received & Added to TEACH accounts by NYSED
- All Aug 2020 graduates – Received & Added to TEACH accounts by NYSED
- Graduating after Sept 1, 2020 – Lists will be sent at the end of each term/before graduation.
Having trouble getting exams to transmit properly to TEACH?
In order for exam scores to appear properly in your TEACH account, all account information in your NYSTCE (Pearson) account must match exactly what is listed in your TEACH account (full name, Social Security number, date of birth). The name listed in both accounts must contain the same exact information (e.g., - middle initial, hyphenated names must be the same, last name, no nicknames, etc).
First, you must log in to both accounts and make sure that all information matches exactly. If your accounts don't match, you must change your NYSTCE (Pearson) account to match what is listed in your TEACH account. This should solve the problem. Exam scores are continuously transmitted between the NYSTCE system and the TEACH system. After you have made the change which makes both accounts match, you should see your score appear in the Account Information section of your TEACH account within a few days.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their name matches across both accounts, to make sure that the exam result(s) are transmitted properly. If you have any questions about how to get your scores transmitted to your TEACH account, you can contact NYSTCE (Pearson) at (800) 989-8532.
COVID-19 CERTIFICATION INFORMATION for students seeking certification before Sept 01, 2021
1) The application deadline for the COVID-19 Emergency Certificate has been extended to September 1, 2021.
2) A COVID application without a matching Initial or Extension or TransB application will not be processed.
3) NYSED is advising it will take up to 16 weeks to process COVID applications once they are in "Ready for Review" status.
4) Applications are "Ready for Review" once a college recommendation is issued, DASA workshop listed on TEACH, and fingerprints have been received. Some items will appear "unmet" until a NYSED staff member changes it to "met". This is nothing to be concerned about.
5) SWD students are noticing that the Autism workshop is an “unmet” requirement for the COVID Certificate, this will be credited "met" once a manual review is made. The Autism workshop is part of your SWD program here at Pace and will not be listed under workshops in TEACH.
6) Check your fingerprint status, make sure it shows that they were received.
7) If you are graduating AFTER Sept 1, 2021, the COVID Certificate will not apply to you based on the latest NYSED guidance.
8) The information on this page is regularly updated and based on NYSED regulations at the time of publishing.