Certification

Types of Certificates and Licenses


Attention! No Longer Printing Time-limited Certificates
Effective 03/02/2010, paper certificates are no longer printed for time-limited certificates (Initial, Provisional, etc).  Certification status should be verified by using TEACH Online Services.

The information in the boxes below describe the types of certificates that are most commonly sought. A full list of certificates and licenses can be found after the boxed information.

Initial Certificate

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Professional Certificate

Description: The entry-level certificate for classroom teachers, issued in specific subject/grade titles, and the entry-level certificate for School Building Leader (SBL).

Validity: Valid for 5 years.

Leads to: Professional Certificate

 

Description: The advanced-level certificate for classroom teachers (issued in specific subject/grade titles) and School Building Leaders.

Validity: Continuously valid with completion of required professional development hours on a five-year professional development cycle.

Provisional Certificate

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Permanent Certificate

Description: The entry-level certificate for pupil personnel professionals, issued in specific subject/grade titles. Previously, the entry-level certificate for classroom teachers, but discontinued as of February 2, 2004. Previously, the entry-level certificate for school administrators, but discontinued as of September 2, 2007.

Validity: Valid for 5 years.

Leads to: Permanent Certificate

 

Description: The advanced-level certificate for pupil personnel professionals. The Permanent certificate also remains the advanced-level certificate for classroom teachers and school administrators who hold a valid Provisional certificate.

Validity: Valid for life, unless revoked for cause by the New York State Education Department.

Go to Permanent Certificate for more information.

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List of Other Certificates Index

 

List of Other Certificates
Annotation
Description Certificate attached to a regular base certificate, recognizing that the holder has additional knowledge and/skills beyond the base certificate. Annotations are not required and are not-free standing.
Validity Valid as long as the base certificate remains valid.
Extension (subject)
Description Certificate attached to a regular base certificate, authorizing the holder to teach an additional student population, grade, or subject not authorized by the base certificate. Extensions are not free-standing, they may be attached to multiple base certificates.
Validity Valid as long as the base certificate remains valid.
Conditional Initial
Description

The certificate for classroom teachers issued to individuals holding a teaching certificate in the same or equivalent title from another state, but who have not yet met the NYS testing requirement. The certificate holder has up to two years to meet the testing requirements to qualify for an Initial certificate. 

Validity Valid for two years.
Leads to Initial Certificate
Level I Teaching Assistant Certificate
Description Entry-level certificate for teacher assistants. (Permits the holder to provide direct instructional services to students under the general supervision of a licensed or certified teacher.)
Validity Valid for three years, with the possibility of renewal for three additional years to meet the experience requirement for the Level II teaching assistant certificate.
Leads to Level II Teaching Assistant Certificate
Level II Teaching Assistant Certificate
Description Second-level certificate for teaching assistants. (Permits the holder to provide direct instructional services to students under the general supervision of a licensed or certified teacher.)
Validity Valid for three years and not renewable. Leads to the Level III Teaching Assistant certificate.
Level III Teaching Assistant Certificate
Description Third-level certificate for teaching assistants. (Permits the holder to provide direct instructional services to students under the general supervision of a licensed or certified teacher.)
Validity Continuously valid with completion of the required professional development hours every five years. (The five-year professional development cycles begin on July 1 following the issuance date of the certificate.)
Pre-Professional Teaching Assistant Certificate
Description Advanced-level certificate for teaching assistants. (Permits the holder to provide direct instructional services to students under the general supervision of a licensed or certified teacher.)
Validity Valid for five years; may be renewed with matriculation in a teacher preparation program and completion of 30 semester hours of collegiate study.
Continuing Certificate as a Teaching Assistant
Description Certificate issued to permit the continued employment of an individual who has completed one year of experience under a temporary license and who has six semester hours of study in education. (Permits the holder to provide direct instructional services to students under the general supervision of a licensed or certified teacher.)
Validity Continuously valid, except when the holder has not been regularly employed in the public schools for five consecutive years, in which case the certificate lapses.
Internship Certificate
Description Certificate issued to a student in a registered or approved graduate teacher education program, permitting the holder to serve an internship in a public school. Issued at the request of the college or university, provided that the student has completed one-half of the program's semester hour requirement and has guaranteed employment in a school district.  This certificate is maintained electronically in the TEACH system, no actual paper certificate is generated.
Validity Valid for two years and not renewable.
Supplementary Certificate
Description Certificate issued to already-certified classroom teachers to enable them to teach in a different subject area where a shortage exists. Candidates for the Supplementary certificate must meet certain semester hour and test prerequisites and have a commitment from the employing school for appropriate support while transitioning to the new subject area.   An electronically submitted recommendation from the employing school district is required.
Validity Valid for three years while completing requirements for the Initial certificate in the new subject area.
Leads to Initial Certificate
Transitional A
Description Classroom teaching certificate to permit the employment of an individual in a specific career and technical education title (in agriculture, health, or a trade) who does not meet the requirements for an Initial certificate, but who possesses the requisite occupational experience.
Validity Valid for 3 years.
Leads to Initial Certificate
Transitional B
Description First-level teaching certificate issued to permit the employment of an individual who is enrolled in an alternative teacher Certification program. The Transitional B is tied to the school placement. Issued in classroom teaching titles. This certificate is maintained electronically in the TEACH system, no actual paper certificate is generated.
Validity Valid for 3 years while the individual is matriculated in an alternative program.
Leads to Initial certificate
Transitional C
Description Certificate issued to permit the employment of an individual who is enrolled in an alternative graduate teacher Certification program at the graduate level. Issued in classroom teaching titles. This certificate is maintained electronically in the TEACH system, no actual paper certificate is generated.
Validity Valid for 3 years while the individual is matriculated in an alternative program.
Leads to Professional Certificate
Transitional D
Description Certificate issued to permit the employment of an individual who is enrolled in an alternative school district leader Certification program at the graduate level. Issued in "School District Leader" title only.
Validity Valid for 5 years while the individual is matriculated in an alternative program.
Leads to Professional Certificate
Transitional G
Description Certificate issued to permit the employment of a college professor who holds a graduate degree in science or mathematics and has successfully taught at the college level for at least two years. An electronically submitted recommendation from the employing school district is required.
Validity Valid for 2 years.
Leads to Initial or Professional Certificate
Exchange Permit
Description Permit issued to a national of a foreign country to teach in New York State, while a New York State certified classroom teacher teaches in the foreign national's country of citizenship.
Validity Valid for one year and renewable for an additional year.
Adult, Community, and Continuing Education
Description

At the request of a superintendent of schools, a certificate issued to an individual appropriately qualified to teach adult, community, and  continuing, education classes to individuals who are not registered day students of the district.  Go to Adult, Community, and Continuing Education for more information.

Validity Valid for three years and may be renewed for three years.
Coaching License
Description At the request of a superintendent of schools, a license specific to the activity being coached issued to a person appropriately qualified when documented evidence shows there to be no qualified and certified teacher available to coach the activity.  Requests for coaching licenses are submitted to, and licenses are issued by BOCES Regional Certification Office only.  Go to Coaching License for more information.
Validity Valid for one year.

After three years of coaching in a specific sport under a temporary coaching license, an individual may apply to the Office of Elementary, Middle secondary and Continuing Education through a BOCES Regional Office for a renewable certificate to coach that sport. Go to Professional Coaching Certificate for more information.

Permit authorizing service in an area for which no certificate exists
Description At the request of a superintendent of schools, a permit issued enabling a school district to employ a qualified person for a position for which no certificate title exits, e.g., teacher of Native American language and/or culture, teacher of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, etc.
Validity Valid for two years and renewable for five -year periods.
Visiting Lecturer
Description At the request of a superintendent of schools, a license issued  to an individual who has unusual qualifications in a specific subject to supplement the regular program of instruction.
Validity Valid for one year.
Last Updated: February 22, 2012