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Certification procedures

Teacher certification is conferred by the New York State Education Department to candidates who meet all requirements for the issuance of the certificate. The School of Education's graduate programs lead to initial/professional certification recommendation depending on the candidates' teaching experience and academic preparation.

To be eligible for certification, you must:

Initial Teaching Certification

Professional Teaching Certification/Additional Teaching Certifications for Certified Teachers

A professional certification recommendation also requires documentation of three years of teaching experience at the same grade range/subject area as the certificate sought. During one of the years, the candidate must have been mentored by an experienced teacher or school administrator.

School Building Leadership

School District Leadership

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Registration information for these examinations may be found here.  

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  • Participation in the three required workshops as listed below:

Child Abuse Detection

Violence Prevention

Dignity for All Students (DASA)



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The NYSED TEACH system requires candidates to file an electronic application for certification at the TEACH website.


Process for Applying for State Certification
October 31, 2019
Mercy College Programs by Campus Registration
October 27, 2019