Certification

Submitting College Transcripts and College Credit by Exam Score Reports

For coursework to be accepted for certification, the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) must receive an official transcript showing college coursework in one of the ways listed in the following table. Individuals who did not complete college coursework in the U.S. or a U.S. territory must submit their foreign credentials through a different delivery method.

If coursework appears as transfer credit without a grade on a transcript, then an official transcript from the college at which the coursework was completed must also be submitted to OTI.

Delivery Method for Transcripts and
College Credit by Exam Score Reports

Approximate Time for the Transcript to be Entered in TEACH, Upon Receipt of the Transcript

Electronically to transcriptsoti@nysed.gov through acceptable third-party vendors:

  • Credentials Solutionsexternal link
  • National Student Clearinghouseexternal link
  • Parchmentexternal link
  • Other officially-designated third-party vendor after the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) has determined that the arrangement between the original organization and the third party is consistent with our security and verification standards.

Applicants cannot submit their transcripts electronically to OTI.

Applicants should also not select a vendor that would require OTI to retrieve the electronic transcript in less than 30 days.

2-4 weeks

Sealed envelope sent directly from the college/organization to the Office of Teaching Initiatives

2-4 weeks

Envelope sealed by the college/organization placed in the drop box at the entrance of the New York State Education Department building (see address below)

2-4 weeks

How Do I Know When OTI Has Received my Transcript?

After the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) receives your transcript through one of the above delivery methods, it is placed in line to be entered into your TEACH account by a staff member. The processing time varies depending on the time of year (e.g., longer in the summer).

To see if your transcript has been processed, go to the “Documents” table within the “Correspondence” section of your TEACH account. If your transcript is not listed in this table, then OTI has not received it or OTI has received the transcript, but has not entered the document into TEACH yet.

Where Do I Send Questions about Transcripts?

Individuals can send questions about transcripts to tcert@nysed.gov. Questions would not be sent to transcriptsoti@nysed.gov because this email address is only for receiving transcripts from acceptable third-party vendors.

Acceptable Documents

Unacceptable Documents

  • Unofficial transcripts.
  • Photocopies, faxes, student copies, grade reports, and transcripts in unsealed envelopes.
  • Transcripts sent by email from applicants and from college professors, department chairs, and deans.
  • Electronic transcripts from unacceptable third-party vendors that do not have an arrangement between the original organization and the third party that is consistent with OTI security and verification standards.

Required Information on Transcripts

Each transcript must contain the following identifying information. Transcripts without this information cannot be matched to your TEACH account and will not be entered into TEACH.

  • Last four digits of your social security number or date of birth
  • Your name as it appears in your TEACH account

We recommend adding all of your former names (e.g., maiden name) and listing all of the colleges that you attended in your TEACH account, which provides additional identifying information.

If you requested that a transcript to be sent to OTI, and the transcript is not entered in your TEACH account within six weeks, then your identifying information may not have been included on your transcript. In this case, either:

  • Ask your college to send a new official transcript along with a letter with your identifying information attached to your transcript, or
  • Place the sealed envelope with your transcript in another envelope and write the above identifying information on the back of the sealed envelope, or
  • List the college information in your TEACH account and send an email to notinteach@nysed.gov describing the missing transcript and providing your identifying information.

Mailing Address

New York State Education Department
Office of Teaching Initiatives
89 Washington Ave, 5N EB 
Albany, NY  12234

The Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) does not accept visitors. A box is available at the security desk to drop-off documents. The documents are collected from the box once a day.
An OTI staff member will not meet with you to receive your documents in-person. If your documents are acceptable, then they will be placed in line to be entered into TEACH; they will not be processed more quickly than documents sent through mail or email. Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution of higher education. Workshop certificates must be fully completed and signed by the instructor.


Last Updated: October 8, 2020