What is the difference between Permanent and Professional certification? Permanent certification was a certification option for both teachers and administrators in years past. It remains a certification option for school counselors, but teachers and administrators must now seek professional certification. Professional certification requires that holders of the professional certificate complete professional development hours to maintain their certification. Permanent certification did not have such a requirement.
I need to earn a Master’s degree for professional certification purposes.
What are my options?
How many hours of professional development must I complete once I hold the professional certificate?
Does experience working as a Teacher’s Aide count toward my 3 years of teaching experience needed for professional certification? No.
Does substitute teaching count toward my 3 years of teaching experience needed for professional certification?
Can I teach out of state and use that time toward earning my professional certification in NY? Generally speaking, yes. Please note however that NY State will ultimately determine if your out of state teaching experience will satisfy this professional certification requirement.
Can I earn my Master’s degree out of state for the purposes of professional certification in NY? Yes, it is possible to earn your Master’s degree out of state. Please note however that NY State will ultimately determine if the Master’s degree you complete out of state will satisfy this professional certification requirement. Please refer to
TEACH: Master’s Degree Requirement
for more information.
I completed an undergraduate program that led to multiple certifications. I am finishing a graduate program that leads to professional certification in just one of those areas. How do I make my other initial certificates professional? Log in to your TEACH Account. Select “Apply for Certificate”. Proceed through application process. When asked under the heading “Educational Preparation for this application only” select choice B. No. You are only entitled to a program code (choice A.) if you are completing or have completed a graduate program that leads to a college recommendation for that professional certificate.
Example: Question? I completed the graduate Literacy program at Brockport. I hold initial certification in Childhood (grades 1-6). I need to apply for my professional certification in Childhood. Answer! You are eligible for a program code for Literacy because the college can recommend you for Literacy. The Literacy program is not registered to provide a professional recommendation for Childhood (grades 1-6) and therefore you must follow the instructions noted above (select choice B. – no code) when applying for professional certification in Childhood (grades 1-6).
How long do I have before my initial certificate(s) expires? Five years from the Effective Date associated with that certificate. Please note that it is possible that different certificates have different Effective Dates, and therefore different expiration dates.
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Last Updated 10/19/12
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