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State certification changes in response to the coronavirus

The New York State Board of Regents approved changes to educator certification that provide flexibility in light of the coronavirus crisis.

What happens to my seniority if I switch licenses?

If you switch licenses, you maintain all the seniority you have accrued. However, for excessing and layoff purposes, probationers are grouped separately from those who have completed probation. When you switch licenses, until you complete probation...

Is your teaching certificate about to expire?

With summer just around the corner, it’s crucial to meet upcoming deadlines for certification if your current teaching certificate is near its expiration date. 

Attaining your professional state certification

Navigating state teacher certification regulations can be confusing to veteran educators, let alone new teachers. Now is a good time to take stock of the progress you’re making toward your professional state certification.

Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements

Professionally certified teachers and Level III certified paraprofessionals are required to collect a total of 100 professional development hours, now called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours, by a state-approved provider such as...


To answer any questions about your certification, you first must know the type of certificate you currently hold. You’ll find that by checking the face of your state certificate.

UFT Educational Liaisons

Find out how to contact an educational liaison in your UFT borough office.

New certification requirements take effect July 1, 2016

A new state law will mean new requirements regarding certification and the tracking of professional development hours (also known as Continuing Teacher and Leader Education, or CTLE, hours).

New York State requirements for paraprofessionals

In order to be permanently appointed as a paraprofessional you must hold a New York State Education Department Teaching Assistant Certificate Level 1.

Taking care of your certification

With the school year half over, now is a good time to take stock of the progress you’re making toward your professional state certification.