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Test Requirements for New York State Teacher Certification

Teacher Certification requirements regularly change based on decisions of the NYS Board of Regents and/or legislation.  For the most recent requirements please consult the following links:

Fingerprinting from  is an essential requirement of all candidates seeking certification.  Candidates are advised to complete fingerprinting early in their program as certain schools require it to be approved prior to entering field experiences.  Fingerprinting Instructions

All candidates seeking initial teacher certification are required to complete:

  1. The Educating All Students (EAS) exam.
  2. The relevant Content Specialty Test(s) for their certification area(s)
  3. The edTPA

All candidates seeking initial teacher certification must also complete the following workshops/seminars:

  1. Child Abuse Prevention
  2. Safe Schools Against Violence
  3. Dignity for All Students
  4. Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco prevention

Candidates may elect to take these workshops/seminars through Niagara University when they are offered or they may utilize outside approved providers.  More information on these workshops and how they may be completed is offered below:

Child Abuse Prevention
Safe Schools Against Violence
Dignity for All Students

Ontario Certification Requirements

In addition to meeting the above NYS certification requirements, candidates completing programs in the US and seeking Ontario certification must also complete a Canadian Police Check and apply to Ontario College of Teachers (OCT.CA).

Effective through June 30, 2016

The NYS Board of Regents recently approved safety net options for certain teacher certification requirements for those pursuing New York state certification. Candidates interested in the safety net options for the EAS, edTPA and certain CST exams may go to this link for more information.

Student LearningInitial Certification

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

Assistance in processing your teacher certification application can be done with Beverly Eiler, Certification Specialist, located in the Academic Complex, Room 225, online 716.286.8574.

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.

The New York State Education website is