Certification

Emergency COVID-19 Certificate Requirements

The requirements for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate are listed below and are also available on the Search Certification Requirements webpage.

  • Emergency COVID-19 Certificate Application. Candidates must apply for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate, in the title of the non-emergency certificate sought (e.g., Childhood Education), on or before September 1, 2020.
  • Non-Emergency Certificate Application. Candidates must apply for one of the following certificates that has exam requirement(s) on or before September 1, 2020: Initial or Professional certificate in the classroom teaching service, Initial or Professional certificate in the educational leadership service (School Building Leader, School District Leader, School District Business Leader), Initial Reissuance, Teaching Assistant certificate, School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) Provisional Renewal, Supplementary certificate, Transitional A certificate through the Option B pathway, Transitional B certificate, Transitional C certificate, or Transitional D certificate.
    • If candidates only have a disapproved or withdrawn application for the non-emergency certificate sought on file (e.g., Initial Childhood Education certificate), they must submit a new application and fee for the non-emergency certificate as one of the requirements for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate.
    • Please note that the Emergency COVID-19 certificate is not available for candidates who are seeking the following career and technical education (CTE) certificates because these certificates do not require a NYSTCE exam: Initial CTE certificates, Professional CTE Certificate through the "CTE Certificate Progression - Initial/Transitional A Issued Prior to 5/9/2017" pathway, and Professional CTE certificate through the "CTE Program Certificate Progression - Initial/Transitional A Issued Prior to 5/9/2017" pathway.
  • Non-Emergency Certificate Requirements. Candidates must meet all requirements for the non-emergency certificate sought, other than the exam requirement(s), on or before September 1, 2020. Examination requirements include the edTPA, the Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology test, and exams listed on the NYSTCE website. The requirements for the non-emergency certificate sought, including the exam requirement(s), are also available through the Search Certification Requirements webpage.
  • Workshops. All candidates must complete the following workshops: Child Abuse Identification and Reporting, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, and Dignity for All Students Act. Candidates who are applying for a special education certificate must also complete the Autism workshop.
  • Fingerprinting. Candidates must complete the fingerprint clearance.s
Last Updated: June 11, 2020