Initial Certification Process
The following requirements must ALL be satisfied before the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will issue certification.
There is no particular order in which the components must be satisfied, with one exception: if you have used a safety net, and all other requirements are met, you must email email@example.com and request that the safety net(s) be applied.
Overview of Certification Process
Apply for Certification through the TEACH System
Create a TEACH account and complete the certification application (including payment) using the appropriate instruction packet below.
- Undergraduate - Inclusive Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) [pdf]
- Undergraduate - Inclusive Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) [pdf]
- Graduate - M.S. Dual Initial Certification (Childhood or Adolescence) [pdf]
Complete the fingerprinting process through IndentoGo.com and have fingerprints scanned. ORI number: TEACH
Complete Required Tests
Pass all required New York state teacher certification exams (and/or all safety nets are applied).
Note: If you have used a safety net, and all other requirements are met, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org and request the safety net(s) be applied.
Complete DASA Training
Complete Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) required training. If you did not complete the DASA training at one of St. John Fisher College's training workshops, you must complete it elsewhere and submit a copy of your DASA certificate of completion before you can be recommended for certification. New York state teacher/leader certificates will not be issued without proof of DASA training.
Submit the Authorization for Release of Education Records Form found in the back of your TEACH application instruction packet to the School of Education. You may also submit the authorization form online.
Upon graduation, if all program requirements have been met (including DASA), an institutional recommendation for certification will by made by St. John Fisher College to the NYSED through your TEACH account.