Teacher Certification

Eileen Atwell, NYSED Liaison

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

Phone: (585) 385-8387
Fax: (585) 385-8264

Email: eatwell@sjfc.edu

Professional Certification


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The professional certification program codes (see below) are to be used only if you have completed a St. John Fisher College Education master’s degree or advanced certificate post-February 2004 (post-September 2006 for School Building Leader and School District Leader) in the same content area in which you are applying.

If you have completed an SJFC B.A./B.S. degree that led to Initial Certification and you have now completed an M.S. in another content area or at another institution, you will apply to the NYSED through the Certificate Progression pathway (details available on the NYSED website). You will not enter a program code but instead check the "no" box. Certificate Progression is also the correct pathway for certificate(s) achieved through a B.A./B.S. degree at another institution that led to Initial Certification and you have now completed an M.S. in another certificate area with a St. John Fisher College Education program.

Experience Requirement - Professional

One of the requirements for professional certification is three full years of classroom teaching service which must be completed in a public or approved independent school in the K-12 setting. Experience does not have to be in a NYS public school. To submit your experience for review, complete the employment history section when applying, being certain to detail:

  • Name and location of the school
  • Public/private status
  • Subject or area and grade level taught
  • Dates and type (part time/full time)
  • Special Notes
  • 540 days of substitute teaching experience may satisfy the experience requirement in lieu of three full years.
  • Teaching experience in a preschool or daycare facility is acceptable provided it is in a private school licensed by New York State.
  • Experience as a teaching assistant is not applicable towards this requirement.
  • If you have more than one certificate, the service under one of them may be used to fulfill the experience requirement for all the other Professional teaching certificates.

Experience Requirement - Mentored

New teachers who do not hold a provisional/permanent certificate or who have not completed two years of verifiable experience prior to obtaining initial certification must complete one year of mentored experience. For more information about the mentoring experience go to Frequently Asked Questions - Mentoring Requirement and New York State Mentor Teacher Internship Program.

Professional Development Requirement

If you hold a “Professional” certificate, you must complete 175 hours of professional development (PD) every 5 years.


Program Codes

Master's Initial/Professional Certification Programs

“Self-Reported Education” Section

“Select Certificate” Section

Program Code/Major

Subject Area

Grade Level

Title

22891 - Special Ed: Childhood Ed/Childhood Ed

Childhood Education

Childhood
Grades
1-6

Childhood Education
(Grades 1-6)

22891 - Special Ed: Childhood Ed/Childhood Ed

Students With Disabilities

Childhood
Grades
1-6

Students With Disabilities – Grades 1-6

22893 - Spec Ed: Adolescence/Adolescence Educ

Subject Area – e.g. Social Studies, English, French

Adolescence
Grades
7-12

Subject Area 7-12

22893 - Spec Ed: Adolescence/Adolescence Educ

Students With Disabilities

Adolescence
Grades
7-12

Students With Disabilities Grades 7-12 - Subject Area

30764 - Special Education

Students With Disabilities

Childhood
Grades
1-6

Students With Disabilities – Grades 1-6

30764 - Special Education

Students With Disabilities

Adolescence
Grades
7-12

Students With Disabilities Grades 7-12 - Subject Area

*30764 – Special Education

Students With Disabilities

Adolescence
Grades
7-12

Students With Disabilities Grades 7-12 - Generalist

22874 - Literacy Education

Literacy

Birth-Grade 6

Literacy (Birth-Grade 6)

22874 - Literacy Education

Literacy

Grades
5-12

Literacy (Grades 5-12)

*Candidates are eligible to be recommended for the Students With Disabilities Grades 7-12 Generalist (as well as their SWD 7-12 content area) if they began their Master’s degree program in fall 2011 or after, and their transcript review at the application stage is dated fall 2011 or after, and states that they have met all NYS content requirements.

Advanced Certification (Grades 1-6 or Grades 7-12) Initial/Professional

(18-credit programs for those already holding a master's degree in another subject)

“Self-Reported Education” Section

“Select Certificate” Section

Program Code/Major

Subject Area

Grade Level

Title

22895 - Special Education: Childhood

Students With Disabilities

Childhood
Grades
1-6

Students With Disabilities – Grades 1-6

22892 - Special Education: Adolescence

Students With Disabilities

Adolescent
Grades
7-12

Students With Disabilities Grades 7-12 - Subject Area and/or Generalist*

*Advanced Certificate candidates are eligible to be recommended for the Students With Disabilities Grades 7-12 Generalist (as well as their SWD content area) if they began their coursework in fall 2011 or after, and their transcript review at the application stage is dated fall 2011 or after, and states that they have met all NYS content requirements.

DISCONTINUED Master of Science in Education (MSED) Programs

(Program codes are still valid when applying for professional certification)

“Self-Reported Education” Section

“Select Certificate” Section

Program Code/Major

Subject Area

Grade Level

Title

22716 - Childhood Education

Childhood Education

Childhood
Grades
1-6

Childhood Education – Grades 1-6

Adolescence Education

22706 - English
22712 - French
22711 - Social Studies
22715 - Spanish

English
French
Social Studies
Spanish

Adolescent
Grades
7-12

Subject Area 7-12

Graduate Math Science Technology (GMST)

The GMST Education program is two-fold, where candidates first complete the course requirements (including student teaching) leading to initial teacher certification. When applying for initial certification on the TEACH site, the award title GMST candidates would be seeking is Advanced Certificate, which awards initial certification. Upon completion of the requirements for initial certification, candidates are eligible to complete an additional 18 credit hours to fulfill the requirements for the master's degree.

GMST Advanced Certificates

(Initial Certificates for Adolescence; Initial/Professional for General Science)

“Self-Reported Education” Section

“Select Certificate” Section

Program Code/Major

Subject Area

Grade Level

Title

31797 - Adolescence Education

Subject Area - e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Adolescence
Grades
7-12

Subject Area 7-12

31798 - Adolescence Education - Students With Disabilities

Students With Disabilities

Adolescence
Grades
7-12

Students With Disabilities Grades 7-12 - Subject Area

33461 - Gen Sci 7-12 Ext General Science Adolescence
Grades
7-12
General Science 7-12 Extension

GMST Professional Certifications

“Self-Reported Education” Section

“Select Certificate” Section

Program Code/Major

Subject Area

Grade Level

Title

23131 - Mathematics/Science/Technology Education (Initial or Professional certification)

Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Childhood Education

Adolescence Grades 7-12

Childhood Grades 1-6

Subject Area 7-12

Childhood Grades 1-6

30652 - Mathematics/Science/
Technology Education

Childhood Education

Childhood
Grades
1-6

Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

30652 - Mathematics/Science/
Technology Education

Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Adolescence
Grades
7-12

Subject Area 7-12

33461 - Gen Sci 7-12 Ext (Initial or Professional certification)

General Science

Adolescence Grades 7-12

General Science 7-12 Extension

Coursework or Training in the Needs of Children with Autism

Candidates for a Classroom Teaching certificate in all areas of Special Education are now required to complete coursework or training from a State Education Department approved provider of such training.

The following information is taken from the New York State Education Department's website.

The Office of College and University Evaluations maintains a listing of approved providers of the Coursework or Training in the Needs of Students with Autism. There you will find approved providers listed alphabetically by city. After completing the minimum three clock hours of coursework or training, send the approved provider’s certificate of completion to: Office of Teaching Initiatives, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234.

Any individual completing a New York State registered teacher education program leading to a recommendation for Students With Disabilities certificate titles on or after September 1, 2008, will have had the required coursework or training in the needs of students with autism included in their special education program. These individuals do not need to submit documentation for this requirement.

Learn more about Coursework or Training in the Needs of Children with Autism.

DASA Training Information for Certification Applicants

Effective December 31, 2013 all applicants for Certification are required to complete six clock hours of coursework or training in accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law. This training is available only from a provider approved by the New York State Education Department.

Upon completion of the workshop, the provider will give you a Certification of Completion.

  • Send a copy of the Certificate of Completion to the Office of Teaching Initiatives, RM 5N 89 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12334. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • In the case of persons completing State registered programs leading to Certification after December 31, 2013, no Certification of Completion will be awarded because the training is a required component of the programs. No additional training is required.

Please note that some providers will be offering training that exceeds the six hour minimum. Also, fees vary from provider to provider.

For more information, visit the DASA Training Information on the TEACH website.

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IMPORTANT!

In order to be recommended to NYSED, you must fill out the Authorization for Release of Education Records form [pdf] and return it to:

Attention: Eileen Atwell
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education,
Office 206
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618
(585) 385-8387
Fax (585) 385-8264
eatwell@sjfc.edu

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