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
- 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
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
- 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
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
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