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Initial Certification Checklist

Our checklist encompasses all of the necessary requirements that all students who are completing a New York State certification program must complete.
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TEACH is the New York State Department of Education's system for submitting and reviewing applications for New York State educational certifications.
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Certification Exams

Find out how to take the required certification exams and the best time to take them during your time at the College.

Teacher and Educational Administration Candidates

Please visit the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Emergency COVID-19 Certificate guidance webpage for information about certificate eligibility and application details.


Applying for Certification

Once you have completed an Approved Teacher Preparation Program from the College, you are ready to earn your initial certification. Follow the appropriate steps to ensure that you are certified and ready to take the next step in your career.

Applying for Professional Certification

To apply for professional certification you must:

  • Currently hold an initial certification
  • Earn a master's degree
  • Have three years of full-time teaching experience
  • Have a mentored experience
  • Complete DASA Training

Professional Education Unit

The Professional Education Unit (PEU) is an academic unit on campus devoted to the preparation of education professionals. PEU consists of all education professional preparation programs on campus across all disciplines.

Last Updated 7/21/22