Recent Certification Changes

Regulation changes September 2013:


School District Leader: Candidates who apply for a professional School District Leader certificate on or after May 1, 2015 must pass the Educating All Students examination.

Education Technology Specialist: The edTPA is not required for certification as an Education Technology Specialist

Speech and Language Disabilities: The edTPA is not required for certification as a Speech and Language Disabilities teacher

Employment of a School Resource Officer under Section 212(3)

Section 80-5.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations relating to the requirements for the employment of retired public employees to implement Section 212(3) of Retirement and Social Security Law was amended to provide the Commissioner of Education with discretion to waive the earnings limitations for retired police officers employed by a school district as a school resource officer.

 Coursework or Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention

Part 52, 57-4, and part 80 of the Commissioner’s Regulations were amended to reflect the extension of time for professional to complete the training to December 31, 2013.

January 2013

Update on New Exams for Initial Certification of Teachers and School Building Leaders
At the December 2012 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved the regulation for the new testing requirements for the initial certification of teachers and school building leaders.  Read the Regents item .  The following guidance is based on the proposed regulation discussed by the Board and is subject to change when regulations are adopted later this year.

January 15, 2013

  • Amendments to Sections 80-3.3, 80-3.7 and 80-5.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Individual Evaluation and the Experience Requirements for a Level III Teaching Assistant Certificate:

    Experience for Level III teaching assistant certificate
    The regulation change to section 80-5.6 allows certified teachers to satisfy the experience requirement for a Level III teaching assistant certificate by completing one year of classroom teaching experience under a classroom teaching certificate.

    Individual Evaluation Pathway to Teacher Certification
    The regulation change to section 80-3.3 and 80-3.7 extends the sunset of the individual evaluation pathway from September 1, 2013 to May 1, 2014. For additional information go to Notice of Individual Evaluation Deadline .

  • Amendments to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Renewals of Provisional Certificates and Reissuances of Initial Certificates:

    Reissuance of the Initial Certificate
    If a teacher is unable to complete the required three years of classroom teaching experience during the five year validity period of the initial certificate and his/her initial certificate has expired, he/she may apply for a reissuance of his/her initial certificate, which is valid for an additional five years. If the teachers certificate is expired for two or more years from the date of his/her reissuance application shall be required to re-take the Content Specialty Test in the certificate area and complete 75 clock hours of acceptable professional development within one year of his/her application for reissuance.

    The change requires all candidates applying for a reissuance of an initial certificate on or after September 1, 2013 to re-take the Content Specialty Test and complete 75 clock hours of acceptable professional development.

    Renewal of the School Administrator and Supervisor Certificate
    The change allows the Department to renew the provisional School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) certificate for those certificate holders that have not been able to complete the two years of school leadership experience required for the permanent SAS certificate.

    All candidates with a provisional SAS that have not completed their experience may apply for a renewal of their certificate if they receive a passing score on the School Building Leader examination(s) prior to the issuance of the SAS renewal.
Last Updated: January 8, 2015