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Initial Teacher Certification

Matriculants who successfully complete graduate educator preparation programs at Lehman are eligible to apply for New York State initial certification. Matriculants must file an application for initial teacher or school building leader certification at the start of their final semester of graduate study. Filing instructions and related information may be obtained from the Certification Officer, Room B33 of Carman Hall.

The certification process is as follows:

  • The Certification Officer reviews the transcript to ensure that the candidate has met the New York State liberal arts and science requirements.
  • The candidate may need to take additional courses if there is deficiency in the coursework.
  • The candidate completes the graduate education program and obtains the degree.
  • The candidate files for certification using his or her NYSED Teach account with a program code provided by the Certification Officer.
  • The candidate contacts the Certification Officer when his or her status of graduation is completed on his or her CUNYfirst account.
  • The Certification Officer enters an institutional recommendation for NYS certification.
  • The State Education Department issues electronic certificates on TEACH online services at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert

Candidates for initial teacher certification must meet the State requirements for certification as follows:

  • A bachelor's degree in liberal arts or science;
  • Completion of NYS registered educator preparation program (master's degree) in the field that a certificate is sought;
  • Successful completion of internship, student teaching, or practicum;
  • Passing the New York State Certification Examinations: (a) the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), (b) Teacher Performance Assessments (edTPA), (c) Educating All Students test (EAS), and (d) Revised Content Specialty Test (CST); and
  • Completion of the workshops on school violence prevention, child abuse identification, and the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

Last modified: 3/10/2015