Archive of Recent Certification Changes

January 2011

80-3.7 of Commissioners Regulations was amended and a new part 80-5.22 was added to create an expedited pathway to Teacher Certification effective February 15, 2011, that would allow individuals with advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), that have related teaching experience at the postsecondary level to obtain a teaching certificate in Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or in a Closely Related Field.

 

April 2010 Regents Action

Sections 80-4.13 and 80-5.18 of Commissioner’s Regulations were amended to extend certification areas permitting general and special education teachers currently in a school district to be reassigned within that district to teach in grades close to their current certification area for up to two years; specifically for kindergarten and the Middle Childhood grades in order to avoid or mitigate layoffs. This regulation allowing limited extensions would end in June 30, 2013. Teachers may apply for full extensions after the two year period, upon completion of additional pedagogical study and/or examination in a content specialty area. 

October 2009 Regents Action

Sections 80-1.2, 80-1.6, 80-2.2, 80-2.9, 80-3.6 80-4.3, 80-5.6, 80-5.7 and 80-5.9 of Commissioner’s Regulations were amended to conform regulations with provisions of the Patriot Plan, effectively reducing the professional development requirement for teaching or educational leadership certificate holders called to active duty for the time of active service. It also extends the validity of teaching certificates’ for members of the military called to active duty for the period of the active service and an additional 12 months from the end of such service. 

July 2009 Regents Action

Amendments to Commissioner’s Regulations were adopted in the following area:

  • Instructional Support Service and accrual of tenure and seniority rights
    Originally adopted as emergency in April, sections 80-1.1 and 80-5.21 are amended to authorize teachers employed by a school district or board of cooperative educational services (BOCES) to perform instructional support services to accrue tenure and seniority rights in a tenure area for which they are properly certified. This recognizes the contribution and longevity of educators in professional development and other positions which are assistive to other educators in enhancing instruction and student performance to have job seniority and tenure rights in this new area under the authority of the Commissioner of Education.

June 2009 Regents Action

  1. Processing of and Requirements for Teachers’ Certificates

    At its June 2009 meeting, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to sections 80-1.2, 80-1.6, 80-1.8, and 80-5.9 of Commissioner’s Regulations relating to various requirements for certification and to certificate processing. The purpose of the changes is to focus Office of Teaching Initiatives time and resources on its core services rather than on other, non-core functions.

    NOTE: These changes, described below, will be instituted over the next several months. Check our web site periodically for implementation dates and other details.

    Amendments were adopted in the following five areas:

    • Number of Individual Evaluations per Application
      Section 80-1.2 was amended to limit the time a certificate application will remain in active status to three years and to limit the number of individual evaluations conducted per application to two. Applications that are not complete after the second evaluation may be resubmitted, with another fee, for a subsequent evaluation.
    • Internship Certificates
      Section 80-5.9 was amended to institute a $50 fee for issuance of an Internship certificate, the same fee that is charged for all other college-recommended certificates.
    • Printing of Certificates
      Section 80-1.2 was amended to specify that certificates may be issued in electronic and/or paper format. This will permit OTI to discontinue the printing of some types of certificates. Time limited certificates will no longer be printed. Rather, the TEACH online system will serve as the official electronic record for these certificates. However, certificates that do not expire (Professional, Permanent, and Teaching Assistant III), will continue to be printed.
    • Time Extensions for Provisional, Initial, and Transitional Certificates
      Section 80-1.6 was amended to allow Initial certificate holders as well as Provisional certificate holders to qualify for a time extension on the basis of having been unable to secure employment as a teacher or having been pursuing a career other than teaching. Also, language was added to ensure that applicants with expired Provisional certificates applying for time extensions have passed the applicable the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) content specialty test(s) in the area of the certificate if they had not done so previously.
    • Reissuance of Initial Certificates
      Section 80-1.8 was amended to revise the requirements for a certificate reissuance. Applicants seeking a certificate reissuance of an Initial certificate will be required re-take and pass the applicable NYSTCE content specialty test(s) if the certificate has been expired for more than two years. It eliminates the requirement that the teacher submit evidence of being unable to secure a teaching position, in recognition of the fact that the candidate may have been pursuing a career other than teaching. It also simplifies the calculation of professional development hours by setting the number of hours required at a uniform 75 hours.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment.  For the complete text of the regulation, see the June 2009 Regents Item Word file (91 KB).

  2. Supplementary Certificate and Supplementary Bilingual Education Extension

    At its June 2009 meeting, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to sections 80-2.9, 80-4.3 and 80-5.18 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, relating to the sunset date for Supplementary certificates and requirements for a Supplementary Bilingual Education extension for certificates in the classroom teaching service and pupil personnel service.

    Supplementary Certificate Sunset

    • The Supplementary certificate was established in 2004, with a sunset date of 2009, to encourage the movement of experienced teachers in subject matter areas of oversupply to subject matter areas of demand. Due to continuing shortages, the amendment removes the sunset date and continues the availability of the Supplementary certificate without interrruption.

    Supplementary Bilingual Education Extension

    • A Supplementary Bilingual Education extension was established to address one of the most persistent subject shortages- bilingual education, in both general and special education, as well as in school support services (school psychology, school social work, etc.).
    • The extension allows a teacher, school psychologist, school social worker, etc., to begin providing bilingual instruction or service with support from their employing school while completing a registered college bilingual extension program.
    • Candidates must meet the following requirements for the Supplementary extension:
      1. Possession of a valid New York State certificate in the classroom teaching service or pupil personnel service.
      2. Completion of three semester hours of prerequisite coursework, which must include theories of bilingual education and multicultural perspectives.
      3. Evidence of matriculation in a collegiate registered bilingual extension program, which includes mentoring and supervision by the college or university.
      4. Documentation of proficiency in the target language (college assessment of language proficiency).
      5. Employment and support commitment while serving under the Supplementary Bilingual Education extension.
    • While enrolled in the college program, candidates must complete at least nine additional semester hours within a three-year period to qualify for the Bilingual extension.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment.  For the complete text of the regulation, see the June 2009 Regents Item Word file (73 KB).

 

October 2008 Regents Action

  1. Languages Other Than English
    At its October 2008 meeting, the Board of Regents adopted a change in certification policy that addresses the severe shortage of teachers of languages other than English (LOTE) in every region of the State. The Regents policy decision provides flexibility in certification options for teacher candidates in order to increase the supply of certified language teachers, while maintaining high quality standards for their preparation. The new policy is summarized below.
    • Candidates are now permitted to take two rigorous, internationally recognized examinations administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and, upon achieving a score of Intermediate High/Advanced Low on each, are granted up to 30 semester hours of the content hours required for certification
    • All other certification requirements remain the same, including satisfactory completion of the New York State Teacher Certification Examination’s Content Specialty Test (CST) in the target language.

    The policy change became effective immediately.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only.  For the complete text of the Regents Item, see the October 2008 Regents Item Word file (344 KB) .

June-July 2008 Regents Action

  1. Waiver Approval Process for the Employment of Retirees

    At both its June and July 2008 meetings, the Board of Regents adopted amendments to Commissioner’s Regulations relating to the requirements for the employment of retired persons in public school districts (except New York City as required by statute), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and county vocational education and extension boards. The regulation is scheduled to be confirmed at the October 2008 Regents meeting.

    The amendments rewrite section 80-5.5, which details the process for the approval of waivers to employ retirees and enable them to earn more than the $30,000 earnings limit established in statute while collecting their pensions. Waivers may be granted under the following circumstances:

    • The district is unable to find a non-retired qualified candidate after an extensive recruitment effort; or
    • There is not enough time to conduct a full search where an urgent interim appointment is needed because of the critical nature of the vacancy.

    Section 80-5.5 provisions include:

    • Request for a waiver must be made prior to employment, but no later than 30 days after employment.
    • A waiver will not be granted if the retiree seeks employment by the district from which he/she retired within one-year of his/her retirement.
    • The waiver application must include the retiree’s qualifications, the district’s need for his/her services that cannot be filled by a non-retiree, description of the efforts made to hire a non-retiree, and a recruitment plan to fill the position permanently.
    • If the request is to employ a superintendent, the school must certify that he/she will not lead the selection process for the permanent candidate (although he/she may participate in the process).
    • Approval of a waiver is limited to one year. It may be renewed for an additional year in the case of extreme hardship.
    • Additional waivers cannot be granted to a school to employ the same retiree, except in the case of a teacher in a high-needs school or shortage area.
    • Upon employment of a retiree, the school is required to notify resident taxpayers of the retiree’s compensation package and right to receive a pension while employed.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment. For more information, go to Employment of a Retiree.

  2. Extension of Individual Evaluation Pathway to Certification

    On July 29, 2008, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to section 80-3.7 of Commissioner’s Regulations regarding the availability of the individual evaluation pathway to certification for classroom teaching titles other than childhood education. The amendment extended the sunset date of the individual evaluation option from February 1, 2009 to February 1, 2012.

    For the complete text of the regulation, see the July Regents Item.

  3. Required Training in Autism for Applicants

    On June 24, 2008 the Board of Regents adopted, by emergency action, an amendment to Part 80 of Commissioner’s Regulations regarding requirements for certification. The regulation is scheduled to be confirmed at the September 2008 Regents meeting.

    Chapter 143 of the Laws of 2006 requires that all persons applying for a teaching certificate or a license as a special education teacher, in addition to all the other certification or licensing requirements, complete course work or training in the area of children with autism. The legislation further requires that the course work or training be obtained from an institution or provider which has been approved by the Department to provide such course work or training in the needs of children with autism.

    Section 80-3.7 was amended and section 80-1.12 was added, to require that  candidates for certificates in certain titles, who apply on or after September 2, 2009, complete at least three clock hours of course work or training in the needs of students with autism from an approved provider. The applicable titles are:

    Students with Disabilities (all levels)
    Speech and Language Disabilities
    Deaf and Hard of hearing
    Blind or Visually Impaired

    More information on approved providers of training in autism will be posted on our web site in the coming months.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment. For the complete text of the regulation, see the June Regents Item

September 2007 Regents Action

On September 14, 2007, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner’s Regulations that made certain technical and other amendments to teacher certification requirements, as listed below.

The amendment:

  1. Adds, to those sections of Part 80 where not previously explicitly stated, the flexibility to accept alternate, but equivalent, preparation in satisfaction of the requirements for certification through individual evaluation.
  2. Extends the time validity of an expired Provisional, Initial, or Transitional certificate for an additional year beyond the two-year extension currently provided for, in cases of extreme hardship.
  3. Changes the date, from September 2, 2006 to September 2, 2007, by which all applicants for certification as educational leaders must submit their applications to qualify under the "old" titles (school administrator and supervisor, school district administrator, and school business administrator). Candidates must both apply and qualify by the new deadline.
  4. Clarifies that certificate holders applying for additional certificates may continue to apply through individual evaluation, after the sunset of individual evaluation for candidates for first certificates.
  5. Allows for the acceptance of a degree from a higher education institution that is substantially equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education for purposes of qualifying for a certificate. Examples include: different types of degrees from foreign countries and law degrees from institutions not regionally accredited but accredited by the American Bar Association.
  6. Allows for the acceptance of paid full-time experience in lieu of the college-supervised practicum required for certification in certain titles: literacy, library media specialist, and speech and language disabilities.
  7. Establishes September 1, 2008 as the application deadline for a Statement of Continuing Eligibility (SOCE) in certain certificate/extension titles: gifted and talented, American Sign Language, and theater.
  8. Allows for completion of an educational leadership program accredited by a United States Department of Education-recognized accrediting body at a regionally accredited institution outside New York State for certification as a school building leader, school district leader or school district business leader. 
  9. Specifies the certificate titles to which an extension as a coordinator of work-based learning programs for career awareness may be appropriately attached and those teaching certificate titles for which an extension as a coordinator of work-based learning programs for career development may be attached.
  10. Clarifies that the holder of an extension as a coordinator of work-based learning programs for career development may also coordinate programs for career awareness.
  11. Allows acceptance of an out-of-state certificate or an authorization to practice from another country that evidences comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities with those required for Initial certification.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment.

  • For more information, see the Chart of Recent Certification Changes, below.
  • For the complete text of the regulation, see the September 2007 Regents Item.
Chart of Recent Certification Changes (September 2007)
Subject of Change Section of Regulations Provisions Eligible Individuals Limitations/ Notes
Equivalency of Alternate Preparation 80-3.3,
80-3.7
Allows for acceptance of alternate, but equivalent, preparation in satisfaction of the requirements for certification through individual evaluation Candidates for certificates through individual evaluation Language added to sections as needed to make provision consistent throughout Part 80
Time Extensions 80-1.6 Allows for extension of time validity of expired Provisional, Initial, or Transitional certificate beyond 2 years, for one additional year, in cases of extreme hardship Holders of expired  Provisional, Initial, or Transitional certificates  
Application Deadline for "Old" Administrative Certificates 80-3.1 Changes the deadline date from September 2, 2006 to September 2, 2007 for applicants for certification under the "old" administration certificate titles (school administrator and supervisor, school district administrator, and school business administrator) Candidates for administration certificates Candidates must both apply and qualify by new deadline
Sunset of Individual Evaluation in Classroom Teaching Titles 80-3.3,
80-3.7
Clarifies that certificate holders applying for an additional certificate may continue to apply through individual evaluation, after the sunset of individual evaluation for candidates for first certificates Certificate holders applying for an additional certificate Clarification only; no change in sunset dates
Equivalency of Institutions of Higher Education 80-3.3 Allows for the acceptance of a degree from an IHE that is substantially equivalent to a regionally accredited IHE for purposes of qualifying for a certificate Applicants for certificates Examples: foreign degrees, law degrees from institutions not regionally accredited but accredited by the American Bar Association, etc.
Experience in Lieu of Practicum 80-3.7 Allows the acceptance of one year of paid full-time experience in lieu of the college-supervised practicum required for certification in certain titles Applicants for certificates in literacy, library media specialist, and speech and language disabilities  
Statements of Continuing Eligibility (SOCEs) 80-3.8,
80-4.3
Establishes an application deadline of September 1, 2008 for a Statement of Continuing Eligibility (SOCE) in certain certificate/ extension titles Applicants for extensions/certificates in gifted and talented, American Sign Language, and theater Recognizes that all applications for SOCES should now have been made
Equivalency of Programs 80-3.10 Allows for completion of an educational leadership program accredited by a USDOE-recognized accrediting body at a regionally accredited institution outside NYS for certification Applicants for school building leader, school district leader and school district business leader certificates   
Coordinator of Work-Based Learning Program Extensions 80-4.3 Specifies the certificate titles to which extensions in coordinator of work-based learning programs for career awareness and coordinator of work-based learning programs for career development may be attached Holders of extensions in coordinator of work-based learning programs Clarification only
Coordinator of Work-Based Learning Program Extension 80-4.3 Clarifies that the holder   of an extension as a coordinator of work-based learning programs for career development may also coordinate programs for career awareness Holders of extension in coordinator of work-based learning programs for career development Clarification only
Equivalency of Out-of-state Certificates 80-5.17 Allows acceptance of an out-of-state certificate or authorization to practice from another state/ country with knowledge, skills, and abilities comparable to those required for Initial certification Certificate holders from other states/countries  

June 2006 Regents Action

On June 20, 2006, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner’s Regulations that establishes certification requirements for the new educational leadership certificate titles.

NOTE:  New certificate and new requirements replace the former series of administrative certificates, which included the SAS, SDA, and SBA.  Candidates working toward one of these former certificates have a limited time to apply and qualify for that certificate.  See details below.

The amendment:

  1. Establishes new titles: School Building Leader (SBL) - Initial/Professional certificates, School District (SDL) – Professional certificate, and School District Business leader (SDBL) - Professional certificate.

Previous Certificate Title   New Certificate Title
SAS Æ SBL
SDA Æ SDL
SBA Æ SDBL
  1. Requires candidates to complete approved programs to be certified in the educational leadership titles, eliminating the individual (transcript) evaluation route for these titles. The regulation establishes a one-year transition period from 9/1/06 to 9/1/07 during which individuals who have already filed applications for individual evaluation may complete any remaining requirements to earn the "old" certificate title.
  2. Requires candidates to pass the new New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) Program assessments for school leaders, once they become available.
  3. Establishes a professional development requirement for school leaders who hold the Professional certificate.
  4. Establishes experience requirements for the School Building Leaders: 3 years experience in classroom teaching and/or pupil personnel service for the Initial certificate and 3 years experience in leadership, including at least 1 year of experience as a school building leader and mentoring, for the Professional certificate.
  5. Limits the scope of practice for School District Leaders certified under the new series, in that they may not serve as a School Building Leader or as a School District Business Leader unless they are also certified in these areas.
  6. Establishes an alternative certificate (Transitional D certificate) for school district leaders matriculated in alternative certification programs.
  7. Establishes requirements for an endorsement process to facilitate the recruitment of experienced school district leaders and school district business leaders holding credentials in another state.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment. For more detailed information, see the Chart of Recent Certification Changes.

Chart of Recent Certification Changes - June 2006
Subject of Change Section of Regulations Provisions Eligible Individuals Limitations/ Notes
School Leadership Certificates 80-3, 80-5

(also 80-2, 52.21 and Regents Rule 7.1)

Establishes 3 new certificate titles and types in school leadership service:
  • School Building Leader (SBL), Initial/Professional certificates
  • School District Leader (SDL), Professional certificate
  • School District Business Leader (SDBL),

Professional certificate

Requires program completion and NYSTCE assessment (when available) for certification in above titles.

Eliminate individual (transcript) evaluation as a pathway to certification for school leaders.

SBL only - Requires 3 yr teaching/ PPS experience for Initial certificate; 3 yr leadership experience for Professional.

SBL- Provides for 2 year, non-renewable Conditional Initial certificate for out-of-state certified administrators.

SDL & SDBL- Provides for endorsement of certificates of out-of-state school district level administrators, who have a master’s degree and 3 recent yrs experience.

Requires 175 hrs of professional development every 5 years for Professional level leadership certificates.

Adds additional organizations as acceptable PD providers for all certificate holders subject to requirement but not employed by public schools (teachers, school leaders, TA IIIs).

Sets 9/2/06 as date for discontinuance of Provisional and establishment of new certificates; sets other transition dates

Waives assessment requirement if not yet available

Provides for an alternative "Transitional D’ college program for school leaders

Provides for "companion" preparation programs, one leading to certification, one not.

Applicants for certification as building- and district-level leaders, and school business leaders. Requires colleges to inform SBL program applicants of 3 yr teaching experience requirement for certification.

Prohibits SDL from serving as SBL or SDBL unless certified as such.

March 2006 Regents Action

On March 21, 2006, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner's Regulations that includes the following changes in the certification requirements.

  1. Allows holders of administrative and supervisory and pupil personnel certificates to renew Provisional certificates for an additional 5 years. This is a one-time opportunity for these individuals to stay in or re-enter school service.
  2. The provision sunsets for adminstrative supervisory certificate holder as ofSeptember 2, 2007.
  3. To qualify, candidates are required to have completed all requirements for the Permanent certificate, with the exception of the experience requirement (does not apply to school counselors).

March 2006 Regents Action

On March 21, 2006, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner's Regulations that includes the following changes in the certification requirements.

  1. Extends the validity period of the Teaching Assistant I certificate from 1 to 3 years, with the opportunity to renew on one occasion for 3 years.
  2. Extends the validity period of the Teaching Assistant II certificate from 2 to 3 years.
  3. Increases the requirements for the Teaching Assistant II certificate from 6 semester hours to 9 semester hours, for applicants applying after February 1, 2007.
  4. Clarifies that acceptable college study for Teaching Assistant certificates is that which is applicable toward either an associate or baccalaureate degree.
  5. Amendment allows Teaching Assistant certificate holders additional time to meet educational and experience requirements for advancement to the next level certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment. For more detailed information, see the Chart of Recent Certification Changes below.

For the complete text of the regulation, see the March 2006 Regents Item.

Chart of Recent Certification Changes - March 2006
Subject of Change Section of Regulations Provisions Eligible Individuals Limitations/ Notes
Renewal of Provisional Certificate 80-1.7 --Permits renewal of an expired Provisional certificate for 5 year period
-- Candidates must complete all education requirements for the Permanent certificate (with exception of School Counselors)
Holders of expired Provisional administrative and pupil personnel service certificates Becomes effective April 13, 2006One-time renewal opportunity Does not apply to holders of expired Provisional certificates in classroom teaching titles
  • Sunsets on September 1, 2007 for administrative titles
Revision of Requirements for Teaching Assistant Certificates 80-5.6 Teaching Assistant I:
--Increases validity period of TA I certificate from 1 to 3 years
-- provides for one-time renewal of TA I certificate for 3 year period (If certificate has already been renewed for 1 year, employment Teaching Assistant II:

-- After 2/1/07, applicants for TA II must have 9 semester hours of college study (up from 6).

-- --Expands validity period of TA II certificate from 2 to 3 years

--Clarifies that college coursework may be applicable to either associate or baccalaureate degree

-- -- Teaching Assistant III:

--Clarifies that college coursework may be applicable to either associate or baccalaureate degree

Applicants and holders of Teaching Assistant certificates Becomes effective April 13, 2006

July 2005 Regents Action

On July 22, 2005, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner's Regulations that includes the following changes in the certification requirements.

  1. Increases the education requirements for the gifted education extension of a teaching certificate to 12 semester hours in gifted education (previously 6 semester hours). This requirement better aligns with the competencies tested for in the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) test.
  2. Defers until September 1, 2006 the implementation of the requirement that a teacher must hold a gifted education extension or have obtained from the State Education Department a Statement of Continuing Eligibility (SOCE).

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment. For more detailed information, see the Chart of Recent Certification Changes. You may read the complete text of the regulatory amendment by clicking on the following link: Proposed Amendment to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Extension in Gifted Education of a Teaching Certificate.

July 2005 Regents Action

On July 22, 2005, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner's Regulations that includes the following changes in the certification requirements.

  1. Establishes an expedited pathway for licensed psychologists with proficiency in a language other than English to obtain first level certification to work as a school psychologist, intended to increase the number of bilingual certified school psychologists in this shortage area.
  2. Requires candidates for the expedited Provisional certificate as a school psychologist to matriculate in a program leading to an extension in bilingual education and requires that the candidates receive mentoring by a certified school psychologist during their first year of employment.
  3. Establishes an expedited pathway for holders of certificates in school psychology, speech and language disabilities, and speech and hearing handicapped, who have proficiency in a language other than English, to obtain an interim extension in bilingual education. The purpose is to address a shortage in this area.
  4. Allows holders of the interim extension in bilingual education referenced in #3 above three years to complete program leading to the regular bilingual education extension.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment. For more detailed information, see the Chart of Recent Certification Changes. You may read the complete text of the regulatory amendment by clicking on the following link: Proposed Amendment to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Requirements for Provisional Certification in School Psychology by Licensed Psychologists and for the Interim Bilingual Education Extension for Certificates in School Psychology and Speech and Language Disabilities.

May 2005 Regents Action

On May 17, 2005, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner's Regulations that includes the following changes in the certification requirements.

  1. Updates references to the titles of the new licensed professions in social work in the requirements for Permanent certification in school social work.
  2. Clarifies the scope of practice for certified social workers in light of the new practice protected licensed professions in social work.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment. For more detailed information, see the Chart of Recent Certification Changes. You may read the complete text of the regulatory amendment by clicking on the following link: Proposed Amendment to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Certification and Scope of Practice Requirements for School Social Workers.

January 2005 Regents Action

On January 11, 2005, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner's Regulations that extends the validity period of an Initial classroom teaching certificate from three years to five years. This change provides more time for the novice teacher to complete the requirements for the Professional certificate. The change in validity period applies to all Initial certificates, including those issued prior to Regents action.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment. For more detailed information, see the Chart of Recent Certification Changes. You may read the complete text of the regulatory amendment by clicking on the following link: Amendment to Commissioner's Regulations 1/05.

December 2004 Regents Action

On December 17, 2004, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner's Regulations that establishes a new Supplementary Certificate in the classroom teaching service. The purpose of the Supplementary Certificate is to create a practical mechanism to encourage the movement of experienced teachers in subject matter areas of oversupply to subject matter areas of need while ensuring the readiness of participating teachers to assist students in achieving the State learning standards. The provisions of the amendment include the following:

Candidates for a Supplementary certificate must:

  • Hold a classroom teaching certificate. Complete 12 semester hours in the content core of the new certificate title.
  • Pass the Content Specialty Test in the subject of the certificate sought.
  • Supply a statement from the employing school district verifying that, as a condition for employment, the teacher is enrolled in study at an institution of higher education leading to the certificate sought. The district must also verify the district's agreement to provide the teacher working under the Supplementary certificate with appropriate support to ensure the maintenance of quality instruction for students.
  • Complete all requirements for the Initial certificate in the new certificate title within the three-year life of the Supplementary certificate.

Supplementary certificates will be available in demonstrated shortage areas (as determined by the Department) until September 1, 2009.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendment. For more detailed information, see the Chart of Recent Certification Changes. You may read the complete text of the regulatory amendment by clicking on the following link: Amendment to Commissioner's Regulations 12/04.

March 2004 Regents Action

On March 23, 2004 the Board of Regents adopted an amendment to Commissioner's Regulations that includes the following major changes in the certification requirements.

  • Clarifies the citizenship requirement for certification consistent with recent statutory change.
  • Permits candidates whose participation in a teacher preparation program was interrupted by active military service to have additional time to complete requirements under the teacher certification requirements in effect prior to February 2, 2004.
  • Adds a statement of continuing eligibility (SOCE) option for theater teachers after 2/1/04 (similar to the option provided to teachers of gifted and talented and teachers using American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Renews the pathway for licensed speech-language pathologists to qualify for the Initial teaching certificate under an exception to the regular requirements (previous authority expired on 2/1/04).
  • Renews the authority for certified out-of-state teachers to qualify for a "conditional" Initial (first level) teaching certificate, allowing holders two years to pass the NYS certification exams (previous authority expired on 2/1/04).

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brief summary only; it is not an exhaustive description of the amendments. For more detailed information, see the Chart of Recent Certification Changes.

Chart of Recent Certification Changes - from March 2004 until July 2006
Subject of Change Section of Regulations Provisions Eligible Individuals Limitations/ Notes
New Provisions for Non-Citizens 80-1.3 --Permits non-citizens with permanent resident status to obtain full range of certificates

--Permits non-citizens without permanent residency to obtain time-limited certificates

Non-U. S. citizens
  • Clarifies the citizenship requirement for certification consistent with recent statutory change

  • All certificates available to non-citizens who apply for citizenship or have permanent residency status

  • Time-limited certificates (Modified Temporary License, Transitional, Provisional, or Initial) available to non-citizens who have not applied for citizenship and do not have permanent residency

  • Provision for non-citizens without permanent residency status aimed at recruiting persons with skills not readily available

Establishes Time Extension for Military Service 80-2.1 Grants time extension to candidates whose teacher preparation study was interrupted by active military service to complete requirements for Provisional/Permanent certificate Matriculated teacher education students on active military duty between 9/11/01 and 2/1/04
  • Grants time extension to complete program and other requirements for the Provisional or Permanent certificate

  • Time extension is equal to amount of time in active military service

  • Time extensions commence on September 1, immediately following the concluding date of service

Statement of Continuing Eligibility (SOCE) for Theater 80-3.8 Provides SOCE for teachers currently teaching theater to continue in this capacity without obtaining an Initial certificate in Theater Persons employed as teachers of theater for 3 of the 5 years immediately preceding 2/2/04
  • Granted upon application from teacher

  • Applicant must have taught theater for 3 of 5 years preceding 2/2/04

  • SOCE authorizes holder to continue to teach theater without new theater certificate provided that he/she holds a Permanent classroom teaching certificate

  • SOCE is valid for service in any school district

Pathway for Speech Language Pathologists as Teachers of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped 80-3.9 Allows licensed and registered speech language pathologists to obtain Initial certificate Licensed and registered speech language pathologists
  • Continues recruitment effort in shortage area previously offered to speech language pathologists applying for Provisional/ Permanent certificates

  • prior to 2/2/04

  • Application for Initial certificate must include request for exemption

  • Other requirements apply: child abuse workshop, violence prevention workshop, and fingerprinting

  • Individuals may then obtain Professional certificate with LAST, 2 years experience, and professional development in classroom management, literacy education, and impact of disabilities in curriculum areas

Establishes the Conditional Initial Certificate 80-5.17 Allows teachers from reciprocity states applying for an Initial classroom teaching certificate two years to fulfill the testing requirement Certified teacher from reciprocity state seeking Initial certificate in same or equivalent title
  • Available to teachers who hold a certificate from one of the 40+ states party to the Interstate Agreement

  • Holder of Conditional Initial certificate is allowed two years to satisfy the testing requirement: LAST, ATS-W, and appropriate CST(s)

  • Testing requirement must be met 60 days prior to expiration of Conditional Initial certificate for issuance of regular Initial certificate

  • Conditional Initial is not renewable

Extends the validity period of the Initial certificate 80-3.3 --Extends the validity period of the Initial classroom teaching certificate to five years (from three years) Individuals who hold an Initial certificate
  • Effective 2/2/05
  • Includes all holders of Initial certificates, including those previously issued with a three year validity period.
  • Eliminates the one-year extension to the previous three-year certificate (available for the purpose of completing a master's degree).
Establishes New Supplementary Certificate 80-5.18 --Permits certified classroom teachers to teach in another title in a shortage area while completing education requirements in the new title Individuals who hold a class-room teaching certificate and are currently employed or have an employment commitment
  • Candidate must hold minimum degree for new certificate and, for most titles, possess 12 semester hours in content area of new certificate. For certificates to teach students with disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired or to teach literacy, 9 hours in the specialty area required. For ESOL, 6 hours in second language teaching and 6 hours in teaching literacy required.
  • Candidate must pass CST in content area of the new certificate

  • Employing school must certify shortage area

  • Employing school must provide support to teacher undertaking teaching assignment in new certificate area

  • Enrollment in higher education required for certificate holder as condition of employment. (For certificates to teach students with Speech and Language Disabilities, or in Literacy or Library Media Specialist, college study must include a practicum.)

  • Certificate valid for three years, is not renewable

  • Certificate available through September 1, 2009

Gifted Education Extension 80-4.1 80-4.3 -- Requires 12 semester hours, to include study in each of 5 specified aspects of gifted education

--Delays until September 1, 2006 the requirements that all individuals hold the extension or an SOCE to teach in a State-funded gifted and talented program (in accordance with Ed Law § 4452)

Holders of a Provisional, Permanent, Initial, or Professional certificate
  • Requires C or equivalent in undergraduate courses; B- or its equivalent in graduate coursework
  • New requirements do not apply to applications received prior to August 11, 2005.
  • Provides an extra year (until 2006) to qualify for SOCE
School Psychologist Certification with Interim Bilingual Extension 80-2.3 80-2.9 80-4.3 --Allows licensed school psychologists with demonstrated bilingual skills to obtain Provisional certification as a school psychologist with an interim bilingual education extension

-- Exempts psychologists from the college-supervised internship requirement

-- Provides for an Interim bilingual extension with program admission

NYS-licensed and registered psychologists with demonstrated skills in a language other than English
  • Candidate must request exemption in writing with certificate application
  • Candidate must have employment and mentoring commitment
  • Candidate must be matriculated in a NYS program leading to the bilingual extension
  • Demonstrated language skills means skills as determined by college program as condition for admission
  • Interim bilingual education extension is valid for 3 years, no renewals
  • Provision sunsets September 1, 2010
Interim Bilingual Extension 80-2.9 80-4.3 -- Provides for an Interim bilingual extension with program admission Certified School Psychologists with demonstrated skills in a language other than English

Certified Teachers of Speech and Language Disabilities with demonstrated skills in a language other than English

Certified Teachers of Speech and Hearing Handicapped with demonstrated skills in a language other than English

  • Candidate must be matriculated in a NYS program leading to the bilingual extension
  • Demonstrated language skills means skills as determined by college program as condition for admission
  • Interim bilingual education extension is valid for 3 years, no renewals
  • Provision sunsets September 1, 2010
School Social Worker 80-2.3 --Changes the reference to the professional registration required for Permanent school social worker certificate from certified social work to licensed master social worker or licensed clinical social worker

--Defines scope of practice for licensed master social worker and licensed clinical social worker through reference to Ed Law §§ 7701(1) and 7702

Applicants for Permanent School Social Worker certificate
  • Change made to comply with changes in licensing requirements
Last Updated: January 30, 2013