Frequently Asked Questions

Posted Mar 21, 2014 | Category: DASA | Rating:
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The deadline for completing DASA training depends on the expiration date of your certificate; you must complete your training before applying for a new certificate.

Posted Mar 21, 2014 | Category: DASA | Rating:
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Yes. If, for example, you are a professional certificate holder and want an additional certificate, you will need to complete DASA training for your additional certificate.

Posted Mar 21, 2014 | Category: DASA | Rating:
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You must complete six hours of coursework from a provider approved by the New York State Education Department. You can find a list of approved providers at the NYSED website. The UFT is an approved provider and offers this course in its borough offices; see the UFT Courses page for dates, times and registration information.

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Posted Mar 21, 2014 | Category: DASA | Rating:
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School professionals (teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, psychologists and social workers) who are applying for state certification after December 31, 2013 must take this six-hour course. This includes members who are applying for new certificates (for example, paraprofessionals going from a Level 1 to a Level 2 or 3).

Members who meet the following criteria do not need to take the course: a) permanently or professionally certified; b) hired prior to 2004; c)...

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Posted Mar 21, 2014 | Category: DASA | Rating:
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The Dignity for All Students Act mandates that anyone applying for a New York State teaching license or certificate after December 31, 2013 complete six hours of training on harassment, bullying and discrimination in schools.

Posted Jul 16, 2013 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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Classroom teachers, administrative and supervisory personnel, paraprofessionals and pupil personnel service professionals are required to hold a certificate issued by New York State in order to be employed in the state's public schools. Certificates are issued in a wide variety of titles in each of these three major categories.  In addition, New York State also requires that coaches, visiting lecturers and teachers of adult, community and continuing education obtain a special license....

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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The purpose of the mentoring requirement is to provide a new teacher with support in order to gain skillfulness and more easily make the transition to one’s first professional teaching experience. Therefore, new Initial certificate holders are to receive mentoring from an experienced teacher.

Newly-certified Pupil Personnel Service professionals, which includes guidance counselors and social workers, are not required to be mentored because their certificate titles lead to the "old"...

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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All applicants for certificates, licensees, or permits must undergo a fingerprint-supported criminal history background check.

State law requires the State Education Department to conduct these background checks for all school personnel, including applicants for certification, in addition to all prospective employees of school districts, charter schools and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES).

The Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA)...

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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You should be aware that the Office of Teaching Initiatives does not endorse, pre-approve, or accredit programs or coursework completed at institutions located outside the State of New York.

Information regarding colleges and universities within New York State that have an approved teacher preparation program can be found at www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/ded/database.html

If you plan on taking...

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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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 (Grades 7-12) certificates could satisfy the experience requirement for both certificates by teaching for three years in an elementary classroom, three years as a secondary English teacher, or a combination of both.

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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No. As long as you hold the minimum degree (usually a bachelor's degree, with a minimum 2.5 GPA) required for a certificate, you may submit an application at any time. In order to receive a written evaluation of your status for a certificate you must file an application, submit payment, and submit official transcripts.

Posted Jul 16, 2013 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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Yes, you must hold a New York State certificate to teach in the state's public schools. Reciprocity under the Interstate Agreement of Qualification of Educational Personnel is limited to coursework requirements only. You must complete any examination requirements a member state may have. 

Posted Jul 16, 2013 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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You may be interested in an alternative teacher certification program specifically designed for career changers. While you must meet all coursework and other requirements, these programs offer a time-shortened, intensive preparation program operated cooperatively by a college and school district.  Alternative programs also allow you to be employed as a teacher while in the program.

Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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In order to change a license/appointment, you must have the certificate needed for the new appointment and a principal’s recommendation to fill a vacancy in the new area. Effective Sept. 2015, teachers who change their license/appointment area go back on probation for at least three years if they are tenured in the previous area and four years if not tenured. There is also an effect on seniority for excessing and layoff. Be very careful about making this kind of change, especially when...

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Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Certification and Licensing | Rating:
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State regulations permit teachers to be assigned no more than one period a day outside their certification, license/appointment area. This is called incidental teaching.

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