Supplementary Certificate

The Supplementary certificate allows a teacher certified in one classroom teaching title who meets the qualifications noted below, to provide instruction in a different certificate area that has a shortage of qualified teachers.

You must speak with your employing school regarding what specific areas they consider to be shortage areas.  Supplementary Certificates are not issued for Extension certificates of any kind.

For further information see: CEO Memo #05-02 - Two Important Teaching Policy Changes .

To qualify for a Supplementary certificate, candidates must:

  1. Hold a valid New York State Provisional, Initial, Permanent or Professional teaching certificate.
  2. Have completed 12 of the 30 required semester hours in the content core of the new certificate area. Exceptions for the following types of Supplementary certificates:

    • For a Supplementary certificate to teach students with disabilities, candidates must have completed 9 semester hours of study in the instruction of students with disabilities as prescribed in the pedagogical core required in the area of the certificate they are seeking as well as the 12 required semester hours in the content core;
    • For a Supplementary certificate to teach students who are deaf and hard of hearing, candidates must have completed 9 semester hours in the instruction of the deaf and hard of hearing, as prescribed in the pedagogical core required in the area of the certificate they are seeking;
    • For a Supplementary certificate for the instruction of the blind or visually impaired, candidates must have completed 9 semester hours in the instruction of the blind or visually impaired as prescribed in the pedagogical core required in the area of the certificate they are seeking;
    • For a Supplementary certificate for the instruction of literacy, candidates must have completed 9 semester hours in literacy education as prescribed in the pedagogical core required in the area of the certificate they are seeking;
    • For a Supplementary certificate to teach English to speakers of other languages, candidates must have completed 6 semester hours in methods of teaching English as a second language and 6 semester hours in teaching literacy skills as prescribed in the pedagogical core required in the area of the certificate they are seeking. 
    Please provide official transcripts for all completed coursework.
  3. Have passed the Content Specialty Test(s) required for the certificate they are seeking.  The Speech-Language Pathology exam of the Praxis II Series administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) is required for the Speech and Language Disabilities certificate. The passing score is 600.  A score report must be sent directly to the NYS Education Department from ETS.
  4. Provide a statement from the employing school district (complete section 11, page 3A of application) verifying that, as a condition for employment under a Supplementary certificate, the teacher will maintain enrollment in study at an institution of higher education leading to the certificate they are seeking. This statement must also verify that the district agrees to provide the teacher working with the Supplementary certificate appropriate support to ensure quality instruction for students.
  5. Have completed the fingerprinting requirement. The New York State Education Department requires a fingerprint-supported criminal history background check for all applicants for certification and all employees of school districts.
    • For information on how to receive a Fingerprint Packet, please see our Web site at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ospra/ .
       
    • Individuals who were previously fingerprinted for employment with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) after July 1, 1990 may not have to be fingerprinted again. Go to the above Web site and download an OSPRA104 form. Complete the OSPRA104 form and follow the mailing instructions on the form.
       
  6. Have completed the workshop requirements to qualify for a Supplementary certificate, the following workshops are required:
     

Information Required from the School District

The superintendent of a school district (including the Chancellor of the City of New York), BOCES, or Vocational Education and Extension Board, or the chief education officer of a non-public school, seeking to employ an individual holding a Supplementary certificate must certify that:

  • The vacant teaching position to be filled is in a certificate title in a demonstrated subject matter shortage area;
  • The candidate currently holds a valid New York State Provisional, Initial, Permanent or Professional certificate;
  • The candidate will maintain enrollment at an institution of higher education leading to an Initial or Professional certificate in the certificate title sought (If the application is for a Supplementary certificate in literacy, library media specialist, or speech and language disabilities, the employer must attach a letter from an institution of higher education verifying the candidate’s matriculation in an approved teacher education program including the practicum necessary to qualify for certification in the area of the the Supplementary certificate)
  • The employing entity will provide appropriate support to the candidate undertaking the new teaching assignment under the Supplementary certificate to ensure the maintenance of quality instruction for students.

Additional Information

The Supplementary certificate will be valid for up to three years, during which time the teacher must complete the requirements necessary for an Initial/Professional certificate in the new certificate title.

How to Apply

If you are employed by or have an offer of employment from a New York State public or registered non-public school that requires you to hold a Supplementary certificate, the district will work with you to submit the appropriate application through the employing school.
Last Updated: September 15, 2009