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FAQs - TEACH System

  1. What is TEACH? TEACH is the NY State computer based system designed to offer services to those seeking NY State certification, and those holding NY State certification, in the areas of teaching, pupil personnel services, and administration.

  2. How do I create a TEACH account?  


  3. I lost my TEACH account log in and username. How do I find out what they are? Visit TEACH Log In page and click on “Forgot your Username or Password?”

  4. How do I apply for a Time Extension? Log on to your TEACH Account  and select Apply for a Time Extension from your TEACH Home page.

  5. When can I apply for a Time Extension? NY State does not typically process a time extension application unless it is within 6 months of your certificate expiring. Therefore, you should wait until that time has arrived before applying for the extension. If you are unsure as to when your certificate(s) expires, please log on to your TEACH Account and select Account Information from your TEACH Home page. Click on Certificates from scrolling menu and click GO. Displayed information includes all of your certificate applications and all issued certificates, including certificate expiration dates.

  6. How do I apply for certification?

  7. How can I access the TEACH system?

  8. How do I know if my certificates have been issued? Log in to your TEACH Account. Go to your TEACH Home page. Select Account Information to view your certificate status. Click on Certificates from scrolling menu and click GO. Displayed information includes all of your certificate applications and all issued certificates.

  9. Will I receive a copy of my issued certificates? NY State automatically mails printed copies of professional and/or permanent certificates to you the certificate holder. NY State does not automatically mail printed copies of initial and/or provisional certificates. Initial and/or provisional certificate holders can request a printed copy by logging on to their TEACH Account and selecting from their TEACH Home page “I would like a printed certificate”. The state charges $25 for each printed copy of an initial and/or provisional certificate. Please see #2 and #12 of the Top 13 FAQs before paying for a printed copy of your certificate.

  10. Why is my Effective Date either September 1st or February 1st? I thought the Office of Certification said that I could be certified any day of the year. A certificate can in fact be issued for any day of the year. Once a certificate is noted as issued in the TEACH system then you hold that certificate, regardless of Effective Date. In other words, if TEACH says your certificate is issued, then it is issued.

    The language, Effective Date, can prove confusing to both certified educators and school districts. Simply speaking, the Effective Date makes it simpler for the state to track a certificates progression from one level to the next.

    For example, you might notice in TEACH on June 17th that a new initial certificate for which you’ve applied is noted as issued. While it is true to say that on June 17th you are certified in that area, the Effective Date associated with that certificate will be September 1st. Your expiration date for that certificate will therefore be 5 years later on August 31st. Why 5 years? Because 5 years is how long you have to satisfy the requirements to make that initial certificate a professional certificate.

    It is much simpler for the state to track just two expiration dates a year, as opposed to a possible 365 dates – which is why your Effective Date is either September 1st or February 1st.

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