Individual Evaluation of U.S. Credentials

You may submit an application for an evaluation of your credentials for a certificate. Before applying for a Certificate, please search for the requirements for the certificate you are requesting. Click on the Icon below to search the Certification requirements.

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If you satisfy those requirements, the State Education Department will issue the appropriate certificate. If you do not qualify, we will provide a detailed written evaluation listing the remaining requirements you need to meet in order to receive the specified certificate. Below are links to the information that can be found on this page.

Evaluation through Regional Certification Offices
Individual evaluation (in most certificate areas) is available through any of the Regional Certification Offices located at Boards of Cooperative Educational Services throughout New York State. Applications submitted through the Regional Certification Offices are forwarded for review by the State Education Department. Regional Offices accept applications ONLY from those living within the office's jurisdiction or employed by one of its member school districts.

Satisfaction of Unmet Requirements

If you have not met all requirements for a certificate, you should complete all remaining course, assessment, and/or experience requirements first, and then submit the necessary original transcripts and other documentation at ONE time.


You may wish to see the additional information on how to complete coursework to satisfy unment requirements.

If you are required to submit transcripts, you must have Official Transcript(s) – in sealed envelope(s) – sent directly to this office by each of the institutions you attended. If coursework appears as transfer credit, an official transcript showing the coursework must be submitted from the college at which the courses were completed.

All institutions that you attended must be identified in your TEACH account in the “Education Information table” when you apply for a certificate in TEACH. You may also update this information by going to the link: “Update/Add Education, Employment and Personal Information” in your TEACH account.

Official transcripts must be mailed from the institution to:
New York State Education Department
Office of Teaching Initiatives, Room 5N EB

89 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY  12234  

Photocopies, faxes, student copies, grade reports and digital (non-paper) transcripts are unacceptable.

Each transcript must contain your identifying information:

  1. date of birth or a portion of your date of birth
  2. the last four digits of your social security number
  3. your current name exactly as it is listed in your TEACH account.
  • Ask the registrar if your institution includes your date of birth or a portion of your date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number on official transcripts.  If your institution does not include this information, you must have the institution include this information in a letter attached to your transcript.
  • Transcripts received without this information cannot be matched and entered into the “Verified Education” table of your TEACH account and therefore cannot be used in an evaluation of your application. 
  • If you requested a transcript to be sent to the Office of Teaching Initiatives by your Institution and it is not recorded in your TEACH account within four weeks it may be that your identifying information was not included on your transcript. Ask your Institution to send a new official transcript with your identifying information included.

Retention of Records

Applications are valid for three years or two evaluations, whichever comes first. If your application is disapproved based on this, you may apply for certification again if the certification you applied for is still available.

The Office of Teaching Initiatives retains paper records for three years. If your file has been inactive for three or more years, have your college send original official transcripts for review. Please make sure that all information (name, address, employment history, etc) is kept current on your TEACH account profile.  Send transcripts and other documents to:

New York State Education Department

Office of Teaching Initiatives, Room 5N EB

89 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY  12234  

Last Updated: September 30, 2015