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NYS Certification is the primary credential needed to teach anywhere in New York State including New York City. All candidates/students who complete Queens College Teacher Preparation Programs that lead to New York State Certification should chose to be recommended for New York State Certification through the Teacher Certification Office.
 
The Queens College Teacher Certification Office is an on-going resource for certification questions, testing information, and workshop information. It is available to you throughout your time at Queens College and beyond. We are here to assist you with all of your certification questions.
 
All Students completing Teacher Preparation Programs at Queens College leading to New York State Certification must complete an On-Line Application on the New York State TEACH Website for certification. All certifications (Initial/Provisional and Professional/Permanent) must be applied for – the process is never automatic. To this end, the Teacher Certification Office holds Certification/Application/Information/Sessions every semester to guide individuals applying for certifications after completing their Teacher Preparation and Pupil Personnel Programs.
 

Queens College and New York State Components Needed to Obtain Certification

General Education Components Within Your Queens College Program 

  • Completion of our entire Queens College Teacher Preparation Program (including student teaching, internship or practicum)
  • For the FIRST INITIAL CERTIFICATION: completion of FIVE SEMINARS –
  1. Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention
  2. School Violence Prevention and Intervention,
  3. (NEW – required beginning the Fall 2013 semester) Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  4. School Safety
  5. Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
  • Masters and Bachelors’ candidate/students, remember to file for graduation before the semester deadlines
    • Fall: on or before November 1st
    • Spring: on or before March 1st
    • Summer: on or before July 1st
V.I.P. Candidate / students applying for Summer graduation who wish to attend the Spring Commencement Ceremony must file for graduation by April 1.(for Summer Graduation) The Commencement Ceremony is held only once a year – at the end of the Spring Semester.
  • Advanced Certificate candidate/students are presented on lists (by your departments or advisors).to the Registrar’s Office each semester. The first list presents you and other students as prospective program completers by the end of the semester. The second list authenticates that you and the other students have indeed completed all requirements for the Advanced Certificate Award on the transcript. If you are completing your Advanced Certificate Program, check with your department or Advisor to make sure you are on the lists.
  • Obtaining Certification: During your last semester, before your complete your program but have applied for graduation or been placed on the Advanced Certificate list, you will be contacted by the Teacher Certification Office via MAIL to sign-up for one of the Certification / Application / Information / Sessions to begin the process of applying for and being recommended for certification.

    Academic Items that must be completed within the education program
      • Completion of a Teacher Preparation Program or Pupil Personnel Program at Queens College including student teaching, internship, or practicum.
      • Completion of the required seminars
    1. Child Abuse
    2. School Violence
    3. (NEW) Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination
    4. School Safety (which consists of Fire and Arson, Child Abduction, and Safety on the Streets)
    5. Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Please contact the Professional and Continuing Education Studies in Queens Hall (formerly the CUNY Law School – telephone number 718-997-5700) to sign up for these seminars.
        • Bachelor’s Degrees – (FIRST INITIAL CERTIFICATION). Complete all 5 seminars before the last semester in your program.
        • Post Bachelor’s Advanced Certificate Programs– (FIRST INITIAL CERTIFICATION). Complete all 5 seminars before the last semester in your program.
        • Master’s Degrees – Required seminars are based upon the program you are completing.
          1. If your Master’s Degree leads to the FIRST INITIAL CERTIFICATION including School Psychology and School Counseling you will have to take all 5 seminars listed above.
          2. If your Master’s Degree is for a second certification the required seminars are based on your program.
            • If you are Initially Certified through a university OTHER than Queens College, you must take the
              1. School Safety seminar (which consists of Fire and Arson, Child Abduction, and Safety on the Streets)
              2. and the (NEW) Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination seminar.
            • Please note that the AUTISM SEMINAR IS NOT REQUIRED if you are completing the MSED Programs in Students with Disabilities either Early Childhood – Birth-2nd Grade, Childhood Grades 1-6, or the Generalist 7-12 W/Extension
        • Post Master's Advanced Certificate Programs – Required seminars are based upon the program you are completing.
          • If you are Initially Certified through a university OTHER than Queens College, you must take the
            1. School Safety seminar (which consists of Fire and Arson, Child Abduction, and Safety on the Streets)
            2. and the (NEW) Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination seminar.
            • Please note that the AUTISM SEMINAR IS REQUIRED if you are completing the Post Masters Advanced Certificate Programs in Students with Disabilities either Early Childhood – Birth-2nd Grade, Childhood Grades 1-6, or the Generalist 7-12 W/Extension

      New York State Components Needed to Obtain Certification in Addition to the Above 

      Teacher Certification and Testing 

      The New York State Department of Education is phasing in new tests based upon when you are completing your program and applying for certification. The important deadlines that separate the two sets of testing requirements are Fall 2013 (Present Exams)/ Spring 2014. (New Exams)

      Testing Deadline

      • Deadline for applying forFIRST INITIAL CERTIFICATION UNDER PRESENT TESTING REQUIREMENTS During Fall 2013 (graduation date – February 1, 2014)
        Tests to take – (Present Exams)
      LAST – Liberal Arts and Science Test
      ATS-W – Either Elementary or Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written
      CST – Content Specialty Test in your area of study

      Paper-Based Testing for some NYSTCE ending (for Present Tests)


      Effective September 1, 2013, the following NYSTCE tests will be offered only on computer at Pearson Computer based test centers.  They will no longer be offered at paper based administrations.  The last paper based administration for these tests will be July 20th, 2013.  To find a Pearson computer-based testing center near you, go to www.pearsonvue.com/es/locate.

    • Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST)
    • Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written
    • Secondary (ATS-W)
    • English Language Arts CST
    • Multi-Subject CST
    • Social Studies CST
    • Students with Disabilities (CST)

    • On-going Testing Requirements

      • After Fall 2013 forFIRST INITIAL CERTIFICATION:  (starting graduation date Spring 2014)

      Tests to take – (New Exams)

      (These new tests will be available in the Fall 2013 for students needing them for May of 2014)

      The EAS (Education All Students) – NEW TEST
      The ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test) – NEW TEST
      The SBL (School Building Leader Test) – NEW TEST
       


      (1)
      All Teacher Certifications Except School Building Leader



      • EAS (Educating All Students Test) ​
      • ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test) ​
      • CST-Multi-Subjectgrades Birth – 2nd Grade, or Childhood, 1-6, or Middle School 5-9. or Adolescent 7-12 Test) 
      • ALL OTHER CST’s in all of the other various subject areas
      • EdTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment – video – connected to student teaching)
        (2)
        School Building Leader


        • SBL (School Building Leader Test)
        • EAS (Educating All Students Test) ​


      For Additional Certifications
      • CST (Content Specialty Test) in second area of certification after Initial Certification is required
      • BEA (Bilingual Evaluation Assessment Test) for Bilingual Extension ONLY – the Bilingual Extension cannot be used with TESOL or LANGUAGE certifications
      • Pupil Personnel Programs leading to Provisional or Permanent Certifications are not required to complete any exams


      Note: Fingerprinting is required by the New York City Department of Education (for student teaching and employment) & is required by the New York State Department of Education (for certification purposes). Both Systems must have your fingerprints on file in their respective systems.
       

       Office Information

       

      Teacher Certification Office
      Powdermaker Hall, Room 135
      65-30 Kissena Blvd.

      Flushing, NY 11367
      Tel: 718-997-5547
      Fax: 718-997-5467

      Staff

      Director - Christine Howard
      Email: Christine.Howard@qc.cuny.edu

      Administrative Assistant - Barbara Eaddy
      Email: Barbara.Eaddy@qc.cuny.edu

      College Assistant - Danielle Lucania
      Email: Danielle.Lucania@qc.cuny.edu

      College Assistant - Jean Wittig
      Email: Jean.Wittig@qc.cuny.edu

       

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