Certification

Time Extension of a Provisional, Initial, or Transitional Certificate

NOTES:

  • 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.

  • To be eligible for a time extension, Provisional and Provisional Renewal certificate holders MUST have passed the Content Specialty Test if one is required for the Permanent certificate.

  • You should maintain all supporting documentation for your files as we will audit applications for time extension.

  • You should file for permanent or professional application when seeking a third-year certification time extension.

Conditions for an Extension of a Certificate
The time validity of an expired Provisional, Provisional Renewal, 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:

  • a person who 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.

  • a person who 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.

  • a person whose service as a teacher has been discontinued as a result of abolition of teaching positions 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.

  • a person who, 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 on the online application and maintain (for potential audit by the New York State Education Department) any supporting documentation.

Those individuals who have not completed a Master’s degree (or other academic coursework requirements for Professional/Permanent certification) must obtain and maintain a written plan, signed by their college advisor describing how they will complete their academic requirements for this Master’s degree prior to the expiration of their time-extended certificate.  Individuals who are enrolled in a Transitional B (Alternative Education) Program http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/spr/AlternativeTeacherCertificationProgram.htm must maintain verification from their advisor that they remain enrolled in the Transitional B program and that they can complete a Master’s degree prior to the expiration of their time-extended certificate.

  • a person who is not a citizen of the United States and who has applied for citizenship or permanent residency status and whose application has not been acted upon by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – The candidate must maintain a letter from USCIS (for potential audit by the New York State Education Department) indicating that their application for Permanent Residency or Naturalization is pending action by the USCIS.

  • a person who has been unable to secure employment as a teacher or who has been pursuing a career other than teaching – The candidate must maintain a list of school districts contacted, including dates, or an explanation describing a career other than teaching in the text box provided in the online application.

Special Exception:  The time validity of expired certificates held by individuals on active duty with the Military may be extended by the Commissioner, upon application by the holder of such certificate, for the time of such active service.  Please provide form DD-214 verifying dates of active service.

 

Next Level Certificates

Provisional to Permanent or Provisional Renewal to Permanent
Holders of a time-extended Provisional or Provisional Renewal certificate who, prior to its expiration, complete the requirements for Permanent certification, must also apply for the Permanent certificate prior to the expiration date, through TEACH Online Services.

Holders of a time-extended Provisional or Provisional Renewal certificate who, prior to its expiration, DO NOT complete the requirements for Permanent certification, do not qualify for the Permanent certificate.  The options vary by title, as described below:

  • For classroom teaching titles, applicants must meet the requirements for an Initial or Professional certificate. See Search Certification Requirements for details.

  • If you hold a Provisional certificate in the pupil personnel services titles (school counselor, school social workers, etc.), may qualify for a renewal of their Provisional certificates.  You may apply online for a Provisional Renewal via TEACH Online Services TEACH Online Services.

  • For the school administrator and supervisor title (SAS) title, applicants must complete a registered School Building Leader (SBL) program. See Search Certification Requirements for details. Applicants who previously completed a registered college program to qualify for the SAS certificate may wish to consult the college regarding the previously completed coursework’s applicability toward the SBL program requirements.

Initial to Professional
Holders of a time-extended Initial certificate who, prior to its expiration, complete the requirements for the Professional certificate, must also apply for the Professional certificate prior to the expiration date, through TEACH Online Services.
Holders of a time-extended Initial certificate who, prior to its expiration DO NOT complete the requirements for Professional certification, may apply for a re-issuance of their Initial certificate.  


Transitional B or C Certificates to Initial or Professional
Holders of a time-extended Transitional B or C classroom teacher certificate who, prior to its expiration, complete the requirements for the Initial or Professional certificate, must also apply for the certificate prior to the expiration date, through TEACH Online Services. Applicants should apply under the Approved Teacher Preparation Program pathway and request that their college submit an online recommendation for the certificate.
Holders of a time-extended classroom teacher Transitional B or C certificate who, prior to its expiration, DO NOT complete the requirements for the Initial or Professional certificate, must apply for the certificate through TEACH Online Services under the Individual Evaluation pathway.


Transitional A to Initial Career and Technical Education Certificate
Holders of a time-extended Transitional A, career and technical education certificate who, prior to its expiration, complete the requirements for the Initial or Professional certificate, must also apply for the certificate through TEACH Online Services.  Applicants should apply for the Initial or Professional certificate under the appropriate (Option A or Option B) individual evaluation pathway.

Applicants who do not complete requirements prior to the expiration of their time-extended certificate should still apply for the Initial or Professional certificate under the appropriate (Option A or Option B) individual evaluation pathway.  However, there is no authorization to continue to remain employed in a regular teaching position once the Transitional certificate has expired.

[NOTES:]

1. Individuals with an expired Provisional certificate, who do not qualify for a time  extension, must apply for the Initial certificate. Click TEACH Online Services to apply online.

2. You may apply for a time extension no earlier than 7 months prior to the expiration date of your Provisional, Initial, or Transitional certificate.

Click TEACH Online Services to apply for a Time Extension online.

Last Updated: March 23, 2012