Types of Certification

Internship Certification
Certificate issued to a student in a registered or approved graduate teacher education program, permitting the holder to serve an internship in a public school. Issued at the request of the college or university, provided that the student has completed one-half of the program's semester hour requirement and has guaranteed employment in a school district.  This certificate is maintained electronically in the TEACH system, no actual paper certificate is generated.

Valid for two years and not renewable.

 

Initial Certification
The entry-level certificate for classroom teachers, issued in specific subject/grade titles, and the entry-level certificate for School Building Leader (SBL).

Valid for 5 years. Leads to: Professional Certificate.

 

Professional Certification
The advanced-level certificate for classroom teachers (issued in specific subject/grade titles) and School Building Leaders.

Continuously valid with completion of required professional development hours on a five-year professional development cycle.

 

Provisional Certification
The entry-level certificate for pupil personnel professionals, issued in specific subject/grade titles. Previously, the entry-level certificate for classroom teachers, but discontinued as of February 2, 2004. Previously, the entry-level certificate for school administrators, but discontinued as of September 2, 2007.

Valid for 5 years. Leads to: Permanent Certificate

 

Permanent Certification
The advanced-level certificate for pupil personnel professionals. The Permanent certificate also remains the advanced-level certificate for classroom teachers and school administrators who hold a valid Provisional certificate.

Valid for life, unless revoked for cause by the New York State Education Department.