Certification

edTPA Safety Net for Certain Candidates Who Are Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis During the Spring 2020 through Summer 2021 Terms

Candidates who meet the following eligibility requirements for the edTPA safety net may pass an Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) (Elementary or Secondary) in lieu of passing the edTPA, provided that such ATS-W is taken by September 1, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements for the Safety Net

The following groups of candidates are eligible for the edTPA safety net. The 2020-2021 academic year includes the Fall 2020 through Summer 2021 terms.

  • New York State Candidates in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020. Candidates who complete a student teaching or similar clinical experience during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 terms while enrolled in a New York State educator preparation program (EPP) and are on a list submitted by the EPP dean or dean’s designee to the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI), verifying that they could not complete their edTPA submission as a result of the COVID-19 crisis during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 terms, are eligible for the edTPA safety net.
  • New York State Candidates During the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Candidates who complete a student teaching or similar clinical experience during the 2020-2021 academic year while enrolled in a New York State educator preparation program (EPP) are eligible for the edTPA safety net. They must be on a list submitted by the EPP dean or dean’s designee to OTI verifying that they completed a student teaching or similar clinical experience during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Out-of-State Candidates During the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Candidates who complete a student teaching experience during the 2020-2021 academic year while enrolled in a comparable teacher education program at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in another U.S. state or territory, or the District of Columbia, that leads to certification in the state/territory where the higher education institution is located, are eligible for the edTPA safety net. They must submit an official transcript that shows the completed student teaching experience during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Individual Evaluation Pathway Candidates During the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Candidates who complete the teaching experience requirement for certification through the Individual Evaluation pathway during the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible for the edTPA safety net. They must submit a verification of teaching experience form that shows teaching experience during the 2020-2021 academic year or an official transcript that shows the completed student teaching experience during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Applying for the Safety Net

Candidates who are eligible for the safety net, have a passing ATS-W score in their TEACH account, and have an active certificate application on file can apply for the safety net by sending an email to examsafetynet@nysed.gov. The email needs to include your first and last name as is appears in your TEACH account, either your date of birth or last four digits of your social security number, and a request that the safety net be applied to your application. After receiving the email, the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) staff will check that you were on a dean’s list submitted to OTI. If so, the staff will indicate on your certificate application that you are exempt from the edTPA requirement for certification.

List Submitted by the New York State Registered EPP Dean or Dean's Designee

Candidates who are on a list will need to create a TEACH account. They should use their personal email address rather than their institution email address when creating their account. Upon receipt of the information, OTI will make a note in the candidates’ TEACH account that they are eligible to take and pass either the ATS-W or edTPA.

Candidates would contact their New York State registered educator preparation program (EPP), rather than OTI, to find out if they are or will be on a list submitted by the EPP dean or dean’s designee. OTI will only accept lists from New York State registered EPPs, and will only add candidates to a list at the request of the EPP dean or dean's designee.

The EPP should submit the list via an Excel spreadsheet, with separate columns containing the following data: last name, first name, and either the last four digits of the social security number or date of birth (EPP’s choice). All data must match the data in the candidates’ TEACH account to ensure proper crediting of the exam requirement.

Clincial Experiences

Clinical experiences within registered programs that are similar to student teaching include internships, residencies, Transitional B and C in-service components, and literacy and school library practica.

Additional Information

Candidates who are eligible for the edTPA safety net and still choose to take the edTPA, but do not pass it, could take and pass the ATS-W, or pursue the edTPA Multiple Measures Review Process (MMRP), if they qualify.

For candidates who meet the edTPA safety net eligibility requirements, and already took and passed the ATS-W in the past, the passing ATS-W score would be acceptable in lieu of the edTPA passing score.

Candidates who are eligible for the edTPA safety net, now plan to take the ATS-W in lieu of the edTPA, and either 1) are seeking a full refund of their edTPA registration, or 2) hold or have used an edTPA voucher, can click here for more information.



1 New York State (NYS) registered educator preparation programs are approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to lead directly to NYS educator certification. They are listed on the Inventory of Registered Programs. NYSED does not approve out-of-state educator preparation programs.

Last Updated: October 23, 2020