Certification Information & Resources

All undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs at the Pace University School of Education lead to teacher certification in New York State. This page, and others in this certification section, will provide you with information and resources regarding the teacher certification process at the Pace University School of Education., including the different levels of certification, the requirements to be recommended for certification, the required examinations and suggested resources to aid in your preparation for the exams.
 

The New York State Certification process (applications, etc.) is centralized through the State’s TEACH system, accessible via: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/apply.html  We highly recommend that you register with the TEACH system when you begin your program at Pace.

For more information about Certification, please contact  Karen Ferro, Senior Staff Associate, or Dr. Annjanet Woodburn, Associate Dean, in Wright Cottage (Westchester Campus) at (914) 773-3872.

Types of Certification

There are two types of certification available in New York State:

  • Initial Certificate-The Initial Certificate is the minimum certification required to teach in public schools in the State of New York.  To earn the Initial Certificate, candidates must complete specific coursework, workshops and related requirements including New York State Tests and fingerprint clearance.   This certificate is valid for 5 years from the date of issuance and leads to the Professional Certificate.
  • Professional Certificate-The Professional Certificate is required to continue teaching in New York.  To earn the professional certificate requires one year of mentored teaching experience and 3 years of full-time, paid teaching experience.   This certificate is continuously valid with completion of state mandated professional development on a 5 year cycle.   

Once the requirements for initial/professional certification are completed, extensions to these certificates can be earned in a variety of specialty areas. An extension alone cannot be used to qualify someone to teach. Any extension must be combined with a certificate.  Each additional extension requires a different set of course work, field-based experiences, and certification examinations.

Pace School of Education programs lead to relevant certification in the following areas:

  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

  • Adolescent Education, (Grades 7-12) Education, Literacy (Grades B-6 or 5-9)

  • Teaching Students with Disabilities, formerly Special Education – (Grades 1-6 or 7-12)

  • Educational Technology Specialist – (all grades)

  • School Building Leader (Educational Leadership) (all grades)

 

Teacher Certification Requirements

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires teachers to obtain certification before they can teach.  It  is your responsibility to stay current on deadlines for graduation, tests, NYSTCE, certification applications, and requirements. The steps to become recommended for certification by the Pace University School of Education involve the following, and are detailed below:

A. Programs & Academic Preparation

B.  Fingerprinting

C.  Workshops

D.  Teaching Certification Application

E.  Certification Examinations

F.  Degree Applications

G.  FAQs

A. Programs & Academic Preparation

All undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs at the Pace University School of Education lead to teacher certification in New York State. For more information about our programs please contact us at 914-773-3872 (Westchester campus), or 212-346-1512 (New York City campus).

You must complete one of our NCATE approved programs of study in education, including an acceptable academic major, the required pedagogical coursework, student teaching placements, and a conferred degree upon graduation.

Requirements for Recommendation
To be recommended for certification by the Pace University School of Education, candidates in the following programs must:
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • complete all degree requirements (as agreed upon with advisor)
  • provide evidence of completing NYSTC Examination requirements
  • complete three workshops: child abuse, school violence prevention, and harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention
Master of Science for Teachers (MST) or Advanced Certificate
  • complete all degree requirements including any deficiencies in Liberal Arts and Sciences and/or Content Area as noted in the admission letter,
  • complete the child abuse and school violence prevention workshops available online within - TCH 211A and TCH 211B required for Childhood candidates and TCH 211A required for Adolescent candidates; complete the harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention workshop.
  • document all required observation hours as required by their specific program
  • provide evidence of completing NYSTC Examination requirements
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
  • complete all degree requirements
  • provide evidence of completing NYSTC Examination requirements
  • complete three workshops: child abuse, school violence prevention, and harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention
Graduation or program completion does not automatically entail that the School of Education will recommend a student for certification. We reserve the right to withhold recommendation at our discretion.

 

B. Fingerprinting

Students must have their fingerprints processed before Fieldwork Observations. Start by setting up a TEACH Account with NYSED and applying at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ospra/fpprocess.html.

 

C. Workshops

All candidates are required to complete three workshops for certification: child abuse, school violence prevention, and harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention.

Child Abuse Identification Workshop and SAVE/School Violence Prevention: These trainings need to be completed for your Fieldwork Observations, graduation and certification. DASA (Dignity for All Students Act training): Starting in 2014, a DASA training must be documented on your transcripts for graduation and certification.

If you complete an online or other off-campus version of the required workshops, you need to have the workshops documented on your permanent record for recommendation and graduation. For more information about the required workshops, please contact the appropriate Director of School Partnerships for your campus:

  • Westchester-- Dr. Hasna Muhammad at (914) 773-3891 or email
  • New York City—Pat Kobetts at (212) 346-1501 or email

 

D. Teaching Certification Application

When you start your first Student Teaching placement, apply for your Teaching Certificate on your TEACH Account at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/.

Our Application Process pages give step-by-step directions (and Program Codes) to help you register, log-in, and apply for the appropriate teaching certificate. You can only use the specific Program Code that corresponds to your registered degree, program and campus at Pace University.

TEACH Account Password Reset:
There's a self-service feature for students to retrieve their TEACH Account Userids and Passwords with no waiting for email responses. Simply click on "USERNAME go to" or "PASSWORD to go" on this link: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/report.html

 

E.  Certification Examinations

Candidates for certification must achieve qualifying scores on the appropriate tests in the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) program, which include the edTPA, EAS, ALST and CSTs.

Visit http://www.nystce.nesinc.com for information about registration, required tests, locations and times, and whether the test is paper-based or computer-based. Visit our Certification Examination section—including resource pages for each exam.

The test preparation guides from the NYSTCE are available HERE.  Click here for information about registering for your exams online. For more information about the NYSTCE program in general, please check http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/faqtests.html
 

F. Degree Applications

Detailed Certification Application Process

For detailed certification application information, please click on your campus of study:

Remember:

  • Graduation or program completion does not automatically entail that the School of Education will recommend a student for certification. We reserve the right to withhold recommendation at our discretion.
  • The School of Education cannot recommend you for certification without your written permission. Be sure to sign the release at the bottom of the degree application, authorizing pace University to recommend you.

Receiving Your Certificate:
The college will recommend you for certification after your degree has been conferred (usually 6 weeks after grades are submitted), and then NYSED requires approximately 60 days to evaluate your application. Check your TEACH account "Evaluation History" for details on the processing of your application, as you may be missing a requirement, such as a workshop or a test. If all the requirements are met, you will be given a Control Number on your TEACH account, which you can use as verification for job applications. Log in to your account to check your status: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/

Interstate Reciprocity
According to the NYSED, “New York State has interstate contracts with more than 30 other states and jurisdictions for classroom teaching certificates.” Those wishing to teach in states other than New York should check with that state’s Education Department for information on each state's reciprocity agreement with New York, as well as any additional courses or exams required by that state.

Out-of-State Verification:
Those seeking employment as teachers in states other than New York should bring or send the out-of-state verification forms to Karen Ferro in School of Education Administration (Wright Cottage) for the signature of the Certification Officer and the university seal. (Note that an original signature is sometimes required.)

 

G. FAQs

 

Contact

For more information about Certification, please contact  Karen Ferro, Senior Staff Associate, or Dr. Annjanet Woodburn, Associate Dean, in Wright Cottage (Westchester Campus) at (914) 773-3872.