Certification

Change in New York State Certification Regulations

Effective May 1, 2014

We  would like to provide you with updated information regarding teacher certification requirements in New York state for those pursuing New York state certification. The requirements for New York State Teacher Certification will change as of May 1, 2014.  Therefore, if you have not completed all of the current requirements, applied for certification and are certified in the TEACH system by April 30, 2014, you will be expected to meet the new requirements.  

For more information on the new requirements, please visit  http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp.

Please note that the new option for computer-based testing has significantly increased the number of certification test dates available to teacher candidates.  In addition, Niagara University is a site for online testing.

Below is a list of the previous requirements for certification.  These have to be completed by April 30, 2014, in order to be eligible for teacher certification under the current regulations.

Current requirements for certification (valid through April 30, 2014 — only):

  1. Apply on the TEACH system                                                                                                      
  2. Have fingerprints completed
  3. Passed the Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST)                                                                                                                                                        
  4. Passed the Assessment of Teaching Skills — Written (ATS-W) Test
  5. Passed appropriate Content Specialty Test(s) (CST)        
  6. Completed ALL certification workshops — Child Abuse, Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (SAVE) and *Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)   *NEW
  7. Submitted a transcript for coursework (graduate students only)

If you have any questions about the certification process itself, please contact our certification officer, Ms. Beverly Eiler, at 716.286.8574 or bje@niagara.edu.

Certification Documents:

Test Requirements for New York State Teacher Certification

Registration information and preparation guides for the teacher certification tests can be found on this link: www.nystce.nesinc.com.

Certification Test Requirements for candidates completing programs by Dec. 31, 2013.

B-6(B-2 and 1-6)TESOL (K-12)SWD 1-6 (Childhood 1-6 and SWD 1-6)1-9 (Childhood 1-6 and Content 5-9)5-12 (Content 5-9 and 7-12)

 

LAST LAST LAST LAST LAST
Elem. ATSW Sec. ATSW Elem. ATSW Elem ATSW Sec. ATSW
Multi-Subj CST TESOL CST Multi-Subj CST Multi-Subj CST CST
Students w/ Disabilities CST CST
7-12 (Content 7-12)Sp.Ed. 7-12 (Content 7-12 and SWD 7-12)Graduate Cohort Elementary (B-2 and 1-6)Graduate Cohort Secondary (Content 5-9 and 7-12)
LAST LAST LAST LAST
Sec. ATSW Sec ATSW Elem ATSW Sec. ATSW
CST CST CST CST
Students w/ Disabilities CST

Certification Test Requirements for candidates completing programs on or after May 1, 2014.

B-6(B-2 and 1-6)TESOL (K-12)SWD 1-6 (Childhood 1-6 and SWD 1-6)1-9 (Childhood 1-6 and Content 5-9)5-12 (Content 5-9 and 7-12)

 

ALST ALST ALST ALST
ALST
EAS EAS
EAS
EAS
EAS

Childhood Multi-Subj CST

TESOL CST Childhood Multi-Subj CST
Childhood Multi-Subj CST
CST Content
Early Childhood Multi-Subject CST     Students w/Disabilities CST                                 CST Content                                                
edTPA edTPA edTPA edTPA edTPA
7-12 (Content 7-12)Sp.Ed. 7-12 (Content 7-12 and SWD 7-12)Graduate Cohort Elementary (B-2 and 1-6)Graduate Cohort Secondary (Content 5-9 and 7-12)
ALST
ALST
ALST
ALST
EAS
EAS
EAS
EAS
CST CST CST Childhood, Multi-Subject, ect. CST Content
Students w/ Disabilities CST CST Early Childhood Multi-Subject
edTPA edTPA edTPA edTPA

Initial Certification

Initial certification is valid for five years. The following requirements must be completed to be eligible for initial certification:

  • Successful completion of selected program
  • Take and pass certification tests ~ provide hard copy of results to the Dean's Office
  • Child Abuse Seminar ~ offered on campus during Professional Seminar
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Seminar ~ offered on campus during Professional Seminar
  • Drug,   Alcohol and Tobacco Survey (on-line) ~ completed during Professional Seminar
  • Fingerprinting   / Police Check (Canadian Students)

Assistance in processing your teacher certification application can be done with Beverly Eiler, Certification Specialist, located in the Academic Complex, Room 221.

Professional Certification

Students must complete a master's degree in education within five years. The master's degree must be complimentary of the undergraduate degree program (i.e. special education, literacy).

  • Have three years teaching experiences in area of certification. One year must be with a mentor teacher.
  • Complete 175 hours of professional development within every five-year period.

The New York State Education website is http://www.nysed.gov