Certification

Reissuance of an Expired Initial certificate

Initial Classroom Teacher Certificates

Your Initial classroom teacher certificate, if expired, may be reissued once, for five years ONLY if you:

  • do not already have three years of teaching experience or its equivalent for a classroom teaching certificate.

  • have completed 75 hours of acceptable professional development (PD) as prescribed in part 80-3.6 within the year prior to applying to the Department for the reissuance of your Initial certificate If you completed PD according to a NYS school district plan, a  letter from the district on school district letterhead verifying the number of PD hours completed one year prior to the date of your application.

  • re-take and achieve a satisfactory score on the NYS Teacher Certification
    Examination, Content Specialty Test(s) in the area(s) required for the certificate sought, within one year of applying for the reissuance of your Initial certificate.

    • Even though you may take the CST after you apply, the certificate will not be reissued until a satisfactory score is received.

Initial School Building Leader Certificate

Your Initial School Building Leader certificate, if expired, may be reissued once for 5 years if:

  • you do not have three years of school building leader experience for the Professional School Building Leader certificate.

  • Complete 75 hours of acceptable professional development (PD) as prescribed in part 80-3.6 within the year prior to applying to the Department for the reissuance of your Initial certificate. If you completed PD according to a NYS school district plan, a  letter from the district on school district letterhead verifying the number of PD hours completed one year prior to the date of your application will suffice.

  • Re-take and achieve a satisfactory score on the NYS School Building Leader exam, within one year of applying for the reissuance of your Initial certificate.

    • Even though you may take the School Building Leader Exams after you apply, the certificate will not be reissued until we receive satisfactory scores on both exams.

The Initial School Building Leader certificate may be reissued for a second time if:

  • you have met all requirements for the professional School Building Leader certificate except the three years of school building leader experience and you have been employed in a school district or BOCES to provide Instructional Support Services (ISS) as per section 80-5.21 during three of the last five years.

  • Re-take and achieve a satisfactory score on the NYS School Building Leader exam, within one year of applying for the reissuance of your Initial certificate.

    • Even though you may take the School Building Leader Exams after you apply, the certificate will not be reissued until we receive satisfactory scores on both exams.

Professional Development

The regulation requires 75 clock hours of professional development completed prior to submission of an application. Do not apply for the reissuance unless you have completed 75 hours of professional development as described or your application will be disapproved and you will have to apply and pay the fee again when you have completed the professional development. 
To apply for a reissuance of an expired Initial certificate click on Indicates you can Apply Online.

Last Updated: March 19, 2015