This form must be submitted to the Certification Office during your final semester. Please do not submit prior to your final semester. Submitting multiple forms will delay the processing of your recommendation for certification.
Recommendations for certification cannot be made to the NYS Education Department until your graduation date has been posted to your transcript. This generally occurs about 4 weeks after your graduation date. (You can check this in BANNER on your transcript.)
Apply Online for your Initial Certificate(s)
After the Office of Certification receives your Certification Recommendation Form for the initial certificate, it will be reviewed to determine the certificate(s) for which you are eligible to receive the College recommendation.
If there are outstanding requirements or further documentation is required prior to receiving the College recommendation, you will be notified in writing.
Instructions for creating a TEACH Account can be found at the Certification Office website. Do NOT set up a second account in TEACH if you have previously done so--this will delay processing. Instructions and program codes by program area can be found on the Certification Webpage under applying for certification.
After your degree is awarded by the College (posted to your transcript), the Certification Office will transmit the College recommendation for your certificate(s) to the Office of Teaching Initiatives to be matched with your application. You will be able to view the recommendation in your TEACH Account under College Recommendations.
As soon as all NYS requirements for the certificate(s) have been met, the certificate will issue. You will be able to view the status of your certificate in the same way that you apply for your certificate--by logging into your TEACH Account.
Paper certificates for initial certification are not mailed. For proof of your certification, please print your TEACH record.