College Students and Graduates

  1. What do I need to do to apply for certification if I am enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program?

  2. I checked the IRP and I'm enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program through my college, but I haven't completed it yet. Can I apply now?

  3. I'm in a hurry to get my certification and find a job. Will I get certified faster if I apply now on-line using the Individual Evaluation pathway and then apply later through my college using the Approved Teacher Preparation Program pathway?

  1. What do I need to do to apply for certification if I am enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program?

    Applying for certification through the approved teacher preparation program pathway is easy. Once you've completed your program, see your college certification officer. He/she will enter a recommendation for certification through TEACH Online Services. In addition, you must create your own account by registering through TEACH Online Services, and must submit your online application using the information in the Student Application Information Sheet that your certification officer will provide.

  2. I checked the IRP and I'm enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program through my college, but I haven't completed it yet. Can I apply now?

    No. You should speak with your college advisor and college certification officer to make sure you understand all the steps required to successfully complete the college program, as well as satisfy the other requirements for a certificate, such as the certification examinations and fingerprinting.  You will then be poised to apply for certification immediately upon program completion. It is CRITICAL that you meet first with your college advisors, obtain and follow the steps on the Student Application Information Sheet and apply according to your college’s procedures.

  3. I'm in a hurry to get my certification and find a job. Will I get certified faster if I apply now on-line using the Individual Evaluation pathway and then apply later through my college using the Approved Teacher Preparation Program pathway?

    No. This approach will require extra review and communication time for your application to be correctly sorted for appropriate certificate processing and issuance. Instead, speak with your college certification officer before you take any application steps.

  4. How fast will my "college recommended" application be processed?

    That depends on the type of certificate you are applying for - Initial or Professional.

    If you are completing a NYS teacher preparation program leading to an Initial certificate, and apply through TEACH Online Services, your application can be processed and your certificate issued in as little as one or two business days after we receive your college's recommendation. Of course, this assumes that all other requirements have been met and recorded in your TEACH account, such as passing scores on the certification exams and a fingerprint clearance, and that your application fee has been paid online.

    If you are completing a NYS teacher preparation program leading to a Professional or Permanent certificate, and apply through TEACH Online Services, your application can be reviewed and your certificate issued in two to four weeks. Of course, this assumes that all other requirements have been met and recorded in your TEACH account, such as satisfaction of the mentoring requirement and/or the required professional teaching experience, and that your application fee has been paid online. The longer processing time for a Professional or Permanent certificate is due to the fact that a Certification Specialist must evaluate these records.

Last Updated: May 15, 2015