Initial/Professional Teacher Certification Requirements

College of Education
Office of the Dean
705 Maytum Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3311 phone
(716) 673-3794 fax

 

Curriculum & Instruction
E268 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3701 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Language, Learning & Leadership
E262 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3702 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Certification Requirements

Requirements for an Initial Certificate:

Upon successful completion of your program, SUNY Fredonia will recommend you for certification to New York State.  The Initial Certification is valid for five years after the date on the certificate.  During this five-year period, you must complete requirements for the professional certificate.

 

Steps to Initial Certification:

  • Completion of SUNY Fredonia's degree requirements
  • Successful completion of all required NYSTCE tests
  • Fingerprints submitted and cleared
  • Completion of SUNY Fredonia‚Äôs Waiver Form (blue form attached to the Application for Degree)
  • Completion of the TEACH Online Application for Certification and payment of applicable fees for each TEACH application
  • U.S. citizenship is not required for initial certification
  • Initial Certification Checklist


    Frequently Asked Certification Questions

Requirements for a Professional Certificate:

  • Masters degree (in a field related to your initial certification area)
  • 3 years of full time teaching experience
  • 1 year of mentoring (you will receive this while working in a school district)
  • Professional certification is available only to citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States

 

Once you have professional certification, you will need to complete 175 professional development hours every 5 years to maintain your certification. For any questions in regards to this requirement, please go to:

http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/maintaincert-prof.html

 
   

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