Preparation of College and University Faculty for Public School Teaching

TO: Deans, Directors, and Chairs of Teacher Education

FROM: Johanna Duncan-Poitier

SUBJECT: Preparation of College and University Faculty for Public School Teaching

In response to a series of recent questions, we are providing additional information for college and university faculty with part-time or full-time teaching experience who may be interested in obtaining teacher certification, enabling them to pursue teaching careers in the State’s public schools. Such higher education faculty represent a promising new pool of potential public school teachers. The information provided below describes a pathway through the Transitional C certification process that facilitates the recruitment of college faculty by taking into consideration their college teaching experience. Also described below is a recommended approach for offering a modified Transitional B certification program for college and university faculty.

Pathways for College Faculty

Faculty members interested in becoming certified as public school teachers would need to fulfill the requirements for a Transitional C teaching certificate through a registered Alternative Teacher Certification Program. Colleges are encouraged to exercise the option of allowing students to fulfill requirements through means other than taking courses at that college. Some alternative ways for students to meet program requirements for education courses in an alternative certification program include:

  • submitting scores from equivalent measures such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests - "testing out" of courses; and
  • submitting experiences from college teaching/research experiences for review for advanced standing in coursework leading to certification.

Through these alternatives, candidates may not need to complete all of the educational course requirements. Transitional C does not have an introductory component.

Prior to receiving Transitional C certification, candidates must:

  • take and pass appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Exams--the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and the Content Specialty Test (CST), where required;
  • and meet all statutory obligations, such as fingerprinting, the Child Abuse Prevention course, and SAVE requirements.

Following issuance of the Transitional C certificate, candidates must participate in two years of mentored teaching in their certification areas under the supervision of a faculty member of the college program. The first 20 days of teaching must include daily mentoring by a school-based mentor.

Colleges that would like to enroll part- and full-time college teachers in Alternative Teacher Certification Programs are encouraged to make this information available to potential candidates. Transitional C programs will focus on core pedagogical requirements rather than the broader set of courses covered in master’s degree course requirements.

Colleges may also modify their existing Transitional B certificate programs to ensure that they are appropriate for college faculty. Using the Transitional B certification programs, candidates would have to:

  • Pass appropriate examinations (LAST and CST, where required);
  • Complete the required 200-hour introductory component of the program, or receive advanced standing by the college demonstrating that the knowledge and skills included in the introductory component have been achieved by other means;
  • Meet all statutory obligations such as fingerprinting, the Child Abuse Prevention course, and SAVE requirements; and
  • Must participate in at least one year of mentored teaching in their certification areas, including daily mentoring for the first eight weeks of teaching.

For additional information about these options, you may contact Ruth Pagerey at (518) 474-1914 or, or visit our Web site at

Last Updated: October 22, 2009