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FAQs - Top 13

  1. How do I register for state certification exams?

  2. How do I find out if my certificate has 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 .

  3. I need to get fingerprinted for certification. What is the fingerprinting process?

  4. When will The College at Brockport recommend me for certification? After your degree is awarded by the College (degree date posted to your transcript) and you have filed a College Recommendation Form with the Brockport Certification Office. The College Recommendation Form can be found here.

  5. I applied using the wrong pathway, how do I get that fixed? Email the NY State Education Department at tcert@mail.nysed.gov to request a pathway change.

  6. How do I contact TEACH?

  7. I need a program code. How can I get one? Select the Brockport degree you completed from the following page , and then select the education program you completed. Please note that Brockport codes should only be used when applying for a certificate based on completing a Brockport education program . For example, undergraduate Childhood Inclusive students are completing an education program leading to certification in Childhood (grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6). Those students can therefore use the Brockport codes when applying for those two certificates. A Childhood Inclusive student might have also been an English major at Brockport. That student did not however complete an English education program at Brockport and should therefore not use the English education program code if attempting to add an additional certificate in English. In this example, the student would simply apply for that English certificate using no code.

  8. How do I apply for certification?

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

  10. 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).

  11. I am thinking about adding another certificate. Where can I search the requirements for doing so?

  12. I am applying for a job and the application asks for a copy of my certificate. How do I get a copy of my certificate? 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. A printed copy of this page is typically acceptable when asked for proof of certification (assuming the certificate is issued) when applying for employment in NY State.

  13. Will I receive a copy of my issued certificates? NY State automatically mails printed copies of professional certificates to you the certificate holder. NY State does not automatically mail printed copies of initial certificates. Initial 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 certificate. Please see #2 and #12 of the Top 13 FAQs before paying for a printed copy of your certificate.

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