Gifted Education - Statement of Continuing Eligibility (SOCE) or Extension

New Regulations Require A New Certificate

A new certificate extension for teaching Gifted Education was created in 2004. As of September 1, 2006, individuals teaching in gifted and talented programs must hold the certificate in that title or the SOCE.

For detailed requirements about Gifted Education go to the Search Certification Requirements feature and choose "Other Extensions." (The SOCE is transferable from one New York State school district to another although some districts may require that you hold the extension.)

Definition of a Statement Of Continuing Eligibility (SOCE)

The Statement of Continuing Eligibility (SOCE) is a credential for individuals whose teaching predates certification requirements in the subjects taught. With the establishment of certification requirements in those subjects, the SOCE provides a credential that allows these individuals to continue teaching in the noted areas.

Deadline to Obtain a SOCE

  • Qualified teachers should apply now for a STATEMENT OF CONTINUING ELIGIBILITY (SOCE) or obtain the extension as required, in order to continue to teach legally in this area, effective September 1, 2006 and beyond.
  • The earliest effective date of a SOCE issuance will be September 1, 2004.

Eligibility for a SOCE in Gifted Education

  • You must already hold or be eligible for a Permanent New York State classroom teaching certificate in any title.
  • You have teaching experience as  a Gifted Education teacher for three of the seven years immediately preceding September 1, 2006 in a NYS public school or private school.

For more information go to Search for Certification Requirements .

How To Apply for a SOCE in Gifted Education

Follow these application steps for a SOCE:

  • Go to TEACH Online Services and complete your application and pay your fee.
  • Submit the following documents to the Office of Teaching Initiatives, Certification Unit:

    • A copy of the resolution (if there was a resolution) of the local board(s) of education that appointed you to the qualifying teaching position(s).
    • A letter from the employing Superintendent, on school district letterhead, stating that you have taught as a Gifted Eductaion teacher for the specified amount of time. Or NYC teachers must enclose a letter from the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Regional Personnel Manager. In any case, the letter must contain your dates of employment.  If the experience was gained in a registered non-public school, this letter should be from the employing Chief School Officer.
    • NOTE:  The workshops for School Violence Prevention and Intervention and Child Abuse Identification are required for the SOCE.

If You are Ineligible for the SOCE

Below are the transcript evaluation requirements for obtaining the GIFTED EDUCATION EXTENSION:

  • Valid Provisional, Permanent, Initial or Professional Certificate in a classroom teaching title
  • Appropriate grades in a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework in:
    • College Coursework - Identifying/assessing students who learn differently from classmates
    • College Coursework - Tools and methods for identifying and assessing gifted students
    • College Coursework - Learning environments for students who learn differently from classmates
    • College Coursework - Curriculum design for gifted students
    • College Coursework - Collaborating with other school staff to provide individualized instruction
  • Contest Specialty Test (CST) in Gifted Education
  • Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Workshop
  • School Violence Prevention Workshop
  • Fingerprinting
  • Completed application with payment.

For more information go to Search for Certification Requirements .

Last Updated: September 11, 2009