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Welcome to the Teacher Certification Home Page

 


These are three important links which will give you valuable information on

Queens College Teacher Preparation & Pupil Personnel Programs in particular:

 

View Degree /Program Requirement Descriptions

 

Review the role of the Teacher Certification Office as you pursue your career

 

Further Informational Resources

 


Q & A – Frequently asked questions regarding New York State Certification

 

  • Does Queens College automatically recommend you for certification?

 

No.  Your Certification is a legal document through New York State and cannot be filed without consent and an online application from the student.  When you receive a letter from the Teacher Certification Office, it is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the Certification Office and follow the procedures set up to apply for certification.  When the appropriate documents are given to the Teacher Certification Office you will be recommended for certification

  • When should I apply for certification?

 

During the semester you are completing your degree or program.  Queens College cannot recommend you for certification until you complete your program in its entirety and you have been cleared for graduation or program completion by your department.

 

  • Can I apply for certification having completed my program and taken the five required seminars?

 

Yes.  Queens College recommends candidates for certification based on the completion of your program and having taken the five required seminar.  The university CAN recommend for certification even if the exams have not been passed or your fingerprints are not on file with the State.  But you will not be eligible for certification unless you have passed the required tests and have your fingerprints on file with the New York State Department of Education.

 

  • Once I have my Initial Certification, how many years do I have to satisfy requirements for Professional Certification?  What other requirements must I fulfill to become professionally certified?

 

Your Initial Certificate is valid for 5 years.  You will have 5 years to complete 3 years of full-time teaching experience or 540 days of substitute teaching AND a Master’s Degree.  Included in the three years of teaching, holders of the Initial Certificate must receive mentoring in the first year of classroom teaching or School Building Leadership service in a public school district.  If you teach in a Private or Parochial School often you do not have a mentored teaching year – therefore you are exempt.  Contact the NYS Department of Education to verify this exemption.


  • What if I am unable to meet the requirements for Professional Certification within the 5 year time frame?

 

If after 5 years you have not been able to complete your Master’s Degree or teach for three years or 540 days of substitute teaching, you can get a time extension for 2 years.  If after these two years you still have not been able to teach 3 years full-time or its equivalent, you are eligible to receive an Initial Certificate Renewal for another 5 years.  However, you must have your Master’s Degree, take 75 hours of Professional Development and take the CST over again.


  • What is the professional development requirement?

 

Holders of a Professional Certificate are required to complete professional development hours to maintain the validity of their certificates.  Professional certificate holds must complete 175 clock hours every five years in order to renew their professional certificate.  For more information on PD hours visit:  http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/resteachers/175.html.

 

NOTE:  ALL STUDENTS SEEKING THEIR FIRST INITIAL CERTIFICATION ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION AND BE RECOMMENDED THROUGH QUEENS COLLEGE TEACHER CERTIFICATION OFFICE


 

 

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

 

 Dates and Updates

 
 

 General Certification Links

 
 

 Important Links

 
 
 
     



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