• Requirements for Initial certificates in the new certificate titles go to Search Certification Requirements by clicking on the link below:

    http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/CertRequirementHelp.do

     

    Q & A

    Once I have my Initial certificate, how many years do I have to complete the requirements for a Professional certificate?

    The Initial certificate is valid for 5 years, during which time you must complete the requirements for the professional certificate. 

    Must I complete three years of teaching PLUS one mentored year of teaching in order to qualify for the Professional certificate?

    No, the first year of teaching must be mentored, followed by two additional years of teaching experience in order to qualify for the Professional certificate.

    I hold Initial certificates in more than one subject (i.e., Childhood Education Grades1-6and English7-12). Must I teach for three years in each subject area to meet the three-year experience requirement for a Professional certificate?

    No. An individual who holds more than one classroom teaching certificate may meet the three-year experience requirement with any three years of classroom teaching experience. For instance, a teacher who holds the Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and English 7-12 certificates could satisfy the experience requirement for both certificates by teaching for three years inan elementary classroom, three years as a secondary English teacher, or a combination of both.