Please note that Permanent Certification has been eliminated. The last provisional certificates were issued effective February 1, 2004 and were valid for 5 years expiring on January 31, 2009.

Certification From Start to Finish

Individual members who have not yet completed the requirements certification should be strongly encouraged to maintain continuous progress toward meeting the requirements.  Accurate records should be maintained regarding this process, as well as reasons for failure to maintain progress (e.g., leave of absence, loss of position, illness, etc.).  Responsibility for certification rests with the individual teacher.  A teacher must secure, maintain and provide evidence of certification, and must pay particular attention to the changes from provisional to permanent certification. It is impossible to correct some situations which have occurred due to the inattention of the teacher.

OFFICIAL answers on the interpretation of certification regulations and certification status can only be obtained from the Office of Teaching of the State Education Department.  Any question you may have can be found or you can contact them via email.

Mail Address:
        New York State Education Department
        Office of Teaching
        Albany, New York 12234
        Phone: (518) 474-3901     from 9:00-11:45 a.m. and 12:45 to 4:30 p.m.

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