Certification

Listed below are several useful sites for those pursuing teaching, administrative, or teaching assistant certification.

The first is the TEACH site. This is part of the NYS Education Department Office of Teaching Initiatives. This is the site used to apply for certification. It's no longer possible to apply with a paper application. If you experience any difficulties with this site you can email them at teachhelp@mail.nysed.gov or call 518-486-6041.

Please note: If you have completed a college approval education program, complete the application process on TEACH and then contact the college certification office to request their endorsement of the file.

Other links below include information on registering for teacher certification exams, teaching assistant exams, SAVE training, and child abuse training.

Professional Development Requirement for Certification

If you hold a professional certificate as a teacher, or a Teaching Assistant III certificate, you are required by NYS to complete professional development hours. For teachers, the requirement is 175 hours every five years; for teaching assistants it's 75 hours every five years. Here's the link to NYSED to read more about this requirement.

It's your responsibility to take the hours and report them to the Human Resources Office annually. We will enter these hours in NYSED's TEACH system so you will be in compliance. The next page contains a list of activities for which credit can be earned toward meeting your professional certification responsibilities.

Please feel free to email or call Kristen Adler at kristen.adler@erschools.org or 585-248-6302 if you have any questions.