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’s Waiver Form (blue form attached to the Application for
- Completion of the TEACH Online Application for Certification and payment of applicable
fees for each TEACH application
Requirements for Professional Certification:
- Masters Degree - Please click here for more information.
- 3 years of full time teaching experience - Please click here for more information.
- 1 year of mentoring (required by NY State public school districts) - Please click here for more information.
- Document proof of attending training in Harassment ,Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination
in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training) - Click here for a list of approved DASA providers.
*Professional certification is available only to citizens and lawfully admitted permanent
residents of the United States
Time Extension / Initial Reissuance:
If you will not have the requirements completed for professional certification by
the expiration date of your initial certification, you will need to apply for a time
extension or a reissuance. Prior to applying, it is suggested that you read the requirements
very carefully, especially for the reissuance.
Caution... The reissuance requires that 75 hours of professional development be completed
BEFORE the application is submitted in TEACH.
Time Extension Info: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/timeext.html
Initial Reissuance Info: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/reissue.html
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:
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