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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 New York State Education Department Office of Teaching Initiatives. This is the site that is used to apply for certification. It is no longer possible to apply with a paper application. Should you experience any difficulties with this site you may email them at 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 as a teaching assistant you are required by NYS to complete professional development hours. Use this link to the NY State Education Department to read more about this requirement.

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

Please feel free to call the Office of Human Resources should you have any questions.

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