Educator Resources

Expedited Service Requests by Employers

School districts, charter, non-public schools or agencies that require certified personnel, may request expedited service for priority processing of certificate applications for candidates they are seeking to employ.

Expedited service is primarily intended for new hires; however requests for expedited service will also be accepted for teachers who are required to hold certification in another area. The application for certification must be at least two weeks old. Please note that we will not expedite Teaching Assistant or “Certificate Progression” pathway cases. The Office of Teaching Initiatives will only accept a request for expedited service one time for an application, as all requirements should be completed prior to this submission and applications are only valid for two evaluations.

Individuals on active US military duty, or dependents of active military who have been issued a DD Form 1173 (not to be confused with a DD Form 1173-1) may request expedited review of their application by emailing OTIexpedite@nysed.gov, provided that the application status in their TEACH account is “ready for review”. Dependents will need to include in their email a copy of their valid DD Form 1173 having the same name as listed in their TEACH account. A DD Form 1173-1 is not acceptable for this benefit.

Click the Request Procedure that best describes you

  • Request Procedure for All Schools that are a Component District of a BOCES with a Regional Certification Office (RCO)

    • A Superintendent may request their BOCES RCO to expedite a certificate application.
      1. The District must check TEACH to determine if there is an application on file that is at least two weeks old, has not been expedited before, is not a Teaching Assistant or “Certificate Progression” pathway case and the fee is paid.
      2. The application should have a status in TEACH of “Ready for Review.” If the application is “Not Ready for Review” or “Review Complete Pending Information” you must submit transcripts* and/or other supporting documents along with the Expedited Service Request Form to the BOCES RCO.
      3. The Regional Certification Office will determine if the case can be expedited based on the information in TEACH and/or information supplied by the District.
      4. If the BOCES RCO determines the necessary transcripts are on file and verified in TEACH and the application has a status of “Ready for Review,” the RCO should email the Expedited Service Request form to OTIexpedite@nysed.gov ; with “Box ES” indicated in the subject line of the email.
  • Request Procedure for Schools Districts, Charter, Non-Public Schools or Agencies Not Served by a BOCES Regional Certification Office

    • You may request the Office of Teaching to expedite a certificate application. Do not submit this request unless you have checked the status of the application and requirements on TEACH.
      1. There must be an application on file that is at least two weeks old, has not been expedited before, is not a Teaching Assistant or “Certificate Progression” pathway case and the fee is paid.
      2. Requests can only be made by schools that have access to TEACH ONLINE SERVICES. If you do not have access to TEACH, you may request it by completing the Designation Of Authorized Representatives For TEACH System Form to request access to TEACH. The requestor must check TEACH to determine if there is an application on file and the fee is paid.
      3. The application in TEACH should have a status of “Ready for Review.” If the application is “Not Ready for Review” or “Review Complete Pending Information” you must submit transcripts and/or other supporting documents along with the Expedited Service Request Form.
      4. If you are not sending transcripts or documents, email the completed form to OTIexpedite@nysed.gov; in the subject line of your email, indicate “Box ES.”
      5. If you are sending official transcripts* and/or documentation to the Office of Teaching Initiatives, mail this request and the documentation to:

        Office of Teaching Initiatives
        New York State Education Department
        89 Washington Avenue
        Albany, New York 12234

*Transcripts
Only official transcripts in a sealed college/university envelope that includes the applicant’s name, last four digits of their social security number and date of birth must be sent to the Office of Teaching Initiatives. If for any reason the college/university is unable to include this information on the transcript, the college/university may attach a cover letter in the sealed envelope.  Transcripts submitted without the requested identifying information will not be reviewed.  Electronic transcripts (even those sent by clearinghouses contracted by a college) will not be reviewed. The college registrar must send the official transcript to the Office of Teaching Initiatives, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234.

Last Updated: January 11, 2017