Certification

Time Extension of a Provisional, Initial, or Transitional Certificate

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  • A NON-REFUNDABLE fee of $50 is required for each request. A time extension application will not be evaluated until the fee requirement and a TEACH online application are completed.

  • Maintain all supporting documentation for your files as time extension applications may be audited.

  • Applications for time extensions will not be accepted prior to seven months before the expiration date of the certificate.

Time Extension of a Certificate

  • First time extension to a certificate
    The time validity of an expired Provisional Pupil Personnel Service, Provisional Renewal Pupil Personnel Service, Initial or Transitional certificate may be extended for up to two years from the date the certificate expired, if one of the conditions below applies to the certificate holder during the validity period of the certificate:

    • The certificate holder is on leave from his/her teaching duties because of childbearing, child rearing, serious illness, or extended illness.

      Maintain, for potential audit by the New York State Education Department, a copy of the board of education resolution authorizing such leave of absence. 
    • The certificate holder is serving with the Peace Corps or other volunteer organization.

      Maintain, for potential audit by the New York State Education Department, a statement on official letterhead of the organization showing dates of service.
    • The certificate holder’s service as a teacher has been discontinued as a result of abolishment of teaching position(s) in the school district in which employed.

      Maintain, for potential audit by the New York State Education Department, a statement from the school district including the date such action was taken.
    • The certificate holder, because of extreme hardship or other circumstances beyond his/her control, was unable to complete the requirements for the Permanent or Professional certificate in a timely manner, excluding normal family commitments or inconvenience.

      Provide an explanation of your circumstances (including dates) in the text box provided in the online application and maintain, for potential audit by the New York State Education Department, any supporting documentation.
    • The certificate holder is not a citizen of the United States and has applied for citizenship or permanent residency status and their application has not been acted upon by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

      The certificate holder must submit to the Office of Teaching Initiatives* a letter from USCIS or an immigration attorney indicating that their application for Permanent Residency or Naturalization is pending action by the USCIS.
    • The certificate holder has been unable to secure employment as a teacher or has been pursuing a career other than teaching.

      The certificate holder must maintain a list of school districts contacted, including dates, for potential audit by the New York State Education Department. If you were pursuing a career other than teaching, please enter this information in the text box provided in the online application.

  • Additional time extension to a certificate
    The time validity of an expired Provisional Pupil Personnel Service, Provisional Renewal Pupil Personnel Service, Initial or Transitional certificate may be extended beyond the two year time extension for a period not to exceed one additional year. The third year is only available if in the six-months preceding the end of the two year time extension, the certificate holder is faced with an extreme hardship or other circumstances beyond their control and is unable to complete the requirements for the Initial, Permanent or Professional certificate in a timely manner.

    When applying for this time extension online in TEACH, the certificate holder must indicate in the text box provided, a detailed description of the extreme hardship or other circumstances beyond their control during the six-months preceding the end of the two year time extension. Documentation supporting the indicated reason must be submitted to the Office of Teaching Initiatives*.

  • Citizenship Exception
    The time validity of expired certificates held by certificate holders who have all requirements for the Professional or Permanent certificate except citizenship or permanent residence may be extended by the Commissioner one year at a time. 
    A time extension application must be submitted online in TEACH each year.  Verification, (a letter from USCIS or an immigration attorney) indicating that their application for Citizenship or Permanent Residency is currently pending action by the USCIS must be mailed to the Office of Teaching Initiatives*.

  • Military Exception:
    The time validity of expired certificates held by a certificate holder, who was on active duty with the U.S. Military during the life of the certificate, may be extended by the Commissioner for the time of such active service plus one year.

    A time extension application must be submitted online in TEACH. Form DD-214 verifying dates of active service must be submitted to the Office of Teaching Initiatives*.

Additional Information for Transitional Certificate Holders

  • Transitional B certificate holders must be currently enrolled in a Transitional B Program and must submit to the Office of Teaching Initiatives*,  verification from their advisor that they remain enrolled in the Transitional B program and include the estimated completion date.

  • Transitional C certificate holders must be currently enrolled in a Transitional C Program and must submit to the Office of Teaching Initiatives*,  verification from their advisor that they remain enrolled in the Transitional B program and include the estimated completion date.

  • Transitional D certificate holders must be currently enrolled in a Transitional D Program and must submit to the Office of Teaching Initiatives*,  verification from their advisor that they remain enrolled in the Transitional B program and include the estimated completion date.

  • Transitional A or Transitional G certificate holders must submit to the Office of Teaching Initiatives*,  verification of continued employment from the school district or BOCES.

Office of Teaching Initiatives contact information
NYS Education Department
Office of Teaching Initiatives
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY  12234
Fax 518-473-0271

Last Updated: July 9, 2014