Printing of Time Limited Certificates Discontinued

  1. I note that your web site indicates that I will not receive a printed certificate.  How will I know when my certificate has been issued?

  2. How will school districts know that my certificate has been issued?

  3. My time-limited certificate was issued in NYS, but I plan to seek employment in another state.  How will that other state know that my certificate is issued?

  4. I have submitted an application, paid a fee, and my status shows as Issued in the TEACH online Services system.  Why won’t you print a certificate that recognizes this accomplishment?

  5. Why is electronic verification of certification more reliable?

 

  1. I note that your web site indicates that I will not receive a printed certificate.  How will I know when my certificate has been issued?

    You will be able to monitor the status of your application by logging in to your TEACH Online Services account.  By clicking on the link to Account Information and selecting certificates, you will be able to see the status (go to http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/checkstatus2.html) of your application.

  2. How will school districts know that my certificate has been issued?

    All NYS school districts, non-public schools, and institutions of higher education (go to memo http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/memo12182009.html) have been informed that we will no longer be printing time-limited certificates (such as Provisional, Initial, Transitional, Internship, Coaching, and Level I, II, and Pre-Professional Teaching Assistant certificates) and should not ask you to produce a copy of these certificates.  All NYS public school districts, institutions of higher education, and many NYS non-public schools have access to the TEACH Online Services system and are able to view your certification status online.

    We are still printing the end-level teaching certificates such as Permanent, Professional, and Teaching Assistant Level III certificates.  It is important to keep your address current in TEACH as these certificates will be mailed directly to you at the address we have on file.

  3. My time-limited certificate was issued in NYS, but I plan to seek employment in another state.  How will that other state know that my certificate is issued?

    The NYS Education Department offers access to all other states’ certifying bodies.  Many states as well as several Canadian provinces have access to the TEACH Online Services system and use it to verify an individual’s certification status.  If your state does not have access to the TEACH system, you may refer them to us at tcert@mail.nysed.gov and enter in the subject line ATTN: TEACH Access for Other Jurisdictions.

  4. I have submitted an application, paid a fee, and my status shows as Issued in the TEACH online Services system.  Why won’t you print a certificate that recognizes this accomplishment?

    After careful consideration, we decided that in light of the State’s unprecedented fiscal problems we had to cut expenses wherever possible.  We expect to see significant savings not only for postage, but also in monies spent to print certificates on high-quality security paper; money to purchase large envelopes in which to mail the certificates; money for postage; as well as staff time to fold, insert, and prepare for mailing of the certificates.

    We have also determined that electronic verification of certification is a more safe and reliable means of verifying an individual’s status.

  5. Why is electronic verification of certification more reliable?

    Electronic verification of certification is more reliable for many reasons.  Chiefly, the status on the TEACH system is always the most up-to-date and would reflect any disciplinary determinations that may have been made.  In addition, although we use the very best security paper and use security precautions in the print process, never the less, some individuals alter paper certificates for fraudulent purposes. 
Last Updated: April 8, 2010