Advancing from the Provisional Pupil Personnel Service Certificate to the Permanent Pupil Personnel Service Certificate

If you hold (or held) a New York State Provisional Pupil Personnel Service Certificate and you want to advance to the Permanent Pupil Personnel Service Certificate, there are two possible pathway options for you.

  1. Pathway: Approved Teacher Preparation Program – Certificate Progression (if your New York State college is entering a recommendation on your TEACH account for the Professional certificate)
  2. Pathway: Certificate Progression (all others)

Step 1 - Determine the correct pathway for your application

Pathway: Approved Teacher Preparation Program – Certificate Progression

If you completed a Master’s (or higher) degree certification program at a New York State college and your college entered a recommendation for the Professional Certificate onto your TEACH account, then this pathway option is for you. If a recommendation has been entered, you will be able to view it in your TEACH account (Account Information page, College Recommendations tab). If you don’t see a recommendation, or you don’t know the program code for your application, contact the Certification Officer at your college.

Pathway: Certificate Progression

If neither pathway above describes you, then this pathway is the correct one.

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Step 2 - Research the Requirements

It is your responsibility to research the requirements and complete them in order to become certified. To research the requirements for your certificate:

  • Log into your TEACH account,
  • Go to Search Certification Requirements at the top of the screen
  • Select your certificate and click Search.
  • Search will list all available application paths. Once you find the correct pathway, you can click on each requirement link for further information.

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Step 3 – Submit the necessary documentation.

The following must be submitted for all applications:

  1. Master’s degree
    Either by a college recommendation being entered on your TEACH account, or submission of a sealed, official transcript containing a Master’s degree conferral date.
  2. Verification of Experience form
    This form must be submitted by each of your previous employers: Experience Verification Form
  3. Workshops
    Information regarding workshops can be found at: Workshops
  4. Citizenship status
    Answer the Resident Status question in the Personal Information section of your TEACH account.

How to Submit Documents

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Step 4 – Check the status of your application.

After you submit your application, you must check its status throughout the review process (Account Information page, Certificates tab, View Evaluation History). A few notes on this:

    • If your application history does not list a “Manual Evaluation”, then your application has not been evaluated yet.
    • College coursework, work experience and citizenship status (among other requirements) are not verified until an evaluation has been completed. If your application is “Ready for Review”, it is in line to be evaluated and will be updated accordingly when the evaluation is complete.
    • Check your account to see when documentation has been entered (Account Information page, highlight all options).
    • Monitor the status of your application regularly (Account Information page, Certificates section).
    • You must check the status of your application prior to calling the Office of Teaching Initiatives office. Average processing time for an application is 8 to 14 weeks.
    • For more info: How to Check Status of Application



Last Updated: January 17, 2019