College Recommendation

Request for College Recommendation

  1. Complete the Certification Recommendation Request (CRR) Form when you are in your final term of the program and have applied for graduation.
  2. To be recommended, candidate must meet all requirements:
    • Touro Coursework Requirements
      • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0
      • Earn a minimum grade of B- for all GSE courses
      • Complete the graduate credits within 6 years from the first term of matriculation (3 years for advanced certificate programs)
    • NYSED Workshop Requirements
      • Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
      • School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE)
      • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
      • Needs of Children with Autism
    • NYSED Content Core Requirements
      • English Language Arts – 6 credits
      • Historical and Social Sciences – 6 credits
      • Sciences – 6 credits
      • Mathematics – 6 credits

Please note that before the Office of Certification can submit the recommendation for your certification, we must wait for the Touro Registrar’s Office to complete the audit for degree conferral process.  This may take up to 6 weeks from the degree conferral date to complete. Recommendations are entered when the degree is conferred/awarded according to the audit.  Please check your Degree Works frequently to see whether your degree has been awarded yet (see instructions below). 

To determine if degree has been conferred/awarded:

  • Login to your TouroOne Portal, click on Academics tab and go to Degree Works.
  • Under the Graduation Status:
  • If you see ‘sought’ status that means that your degree has not been awarded yet. 
  • If you see ‘awarded’ status that means your degree has been conferred. 
  • Once the status has been changed from ‘sought’ to ‘awarded’ the recommendations will be entered accordingly to the TEACH systems. 

How to look up recommendations on TEACH:

  • To find recommendations entered, log in to TEACHTEACH Online ServiceAccount InformationCollege Recommendations.

Apply for Certificate

  • If you have not already done so, please apply for your Initial certificate through TEACH Online.  For instructions on how to apply, please go to the Apply for Certificate page.  
  • Once the application has been submitted, to determine what requirements are needed for your certification, you may go to your TEACH account and follow the instructions below:
    • Login to TEACHTEACH Online ServiceAccount InformationCertificates
    • Click on ‘View Evaluation History
    • Click on the most recent evaluation under “History Type
    • This will bring you to the list of requirements that have been verified or unmet.

Please note that in order for NYSED to issue the certificate, all required NYSED exams must be met.

To expedite degree conferral

If you have an employment opportunity, you may expedite the process.  Please note that ‘expedite’ means that the process to award your degree will take priority within the 6 weeks audit process. It does not mean that the degree will be awarded earlier than the degree date (as the TEACH system does not allow us to enter in recommendations prematurely to your degree date). To expedite the degree conferral, please provide a letter from the school/employer stating the placement/job opportunity and a request to expedite the degree conferral. Please email the letter to the Graduation Office, Lisa Fuller at 

For all other questions, please contact the Office of Certification at