Certification

Substitution of Experience for Student Teaching

Student Teaching or Internship Requirement
While fieldwork is regarded as one of the most beneficial components of a professional education program, it is appropriate at times to substitute paid, school based, experience for this requirement.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • The appropriateness of experience offered in lieu of the fieldwork required for the certificate will be determined by this office.
  • Substitution of employment will be considered for the fieldwork requirement only on the basis of appropriate experience in which the applicant is legally employed according to current Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

To consider substituting paid experience for this requirement, the Office of Teaching Initiatives requires completion of the Verification of Paid Teaching Experience for Initial Certification Form PDF (167KB)  by the superintendent/chief school officer-validating:

  • Forty days of continuous, full time, paid experience in the subject area and grade level range of the certificate sought.
  • Eighty days of continuous, at least half-time paid experience in the subject area and grade level range of the certificate sought will be considered. Part time experience is only acceptable if 50% or greater.
  • One Year full time experience in accordance with Commissioners Regulations is required for the following titles: 
    • Speech and language disabilities;
    • Literacy (Remedial Reading only) B-6 or 5-12;
    • Library Media Specialist

To permit the Office of Teaching Initiatives to consider this substitution on the basis of such experience, it is necessary that your chief officer (superintendent, headmaster, etc.) completes the Verification of Paid Teaching Experience for Initial Certification Form PDF (167KB) and returns it directly to this office.

Last Updated: February 27, 2018