TEACHER CERTIFICATION

STUDENT RESOURCES

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Annotation: An annotation of a teaching certificate recognizes that the holder has additional pedagogy knowledge, skills, and experiences attained on a voluntary basis in the area of the annotation. For detailed information on the requirements for an annotation in Early Childhood Education, visit www.nysed.gov.

Application for Certification: Used to apply for teacher certification once all academic, testing, and seminar requirements have been completed.

Approved Teacher Education Program: A New York State registered and approved program for the preparation of teachers.

ATS-P (Assessment of Teaching Skills-Performance/Video): One of the NYSTCE assessments. Applicants for Permanent Certification in Pre-K-6 or secondary academic subjects must successfully complete the ATS-P.

ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written): One of the NYSTCE assessments. All applicants for Initial certification must successfully complete either the elementary or secondary versions of the ATS-W.

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B

Bachelor's Degree: An academic degree conferred by a college or university upon those who complete the undergraduate curriculum. Also called baccalaureate.

Bilingual Education Assessments (BEAs): The BEAs are required of candidates seeking a bilingual education extension to a certificate.

BOCES: Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

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C

Certificate of Completion: A certificate given at the conclusion of a seminar stating that the holder of the certificate was in attendance of the workshop provided. Copies of these certificate are required with submission of your Release Authorization Form.

Certification: (Also called teacher certification). This is a license to teach in the public schools of New York State. May also be referred to as an endorsement or teaching credential.

Certification-Only: Appropriate for career changes. A program for non-education bachelor degree holders who wish to obtain teaching certification. (Same as Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program)

Certificate of Qualification (CQ): No longer issued. This type of certificate was discontinued as of February 1, 1998. Individuals holding CQ's must meet current requirements to obtain current certification.

Child Abuse Seminar: All individuals applying for certification are required to provide evidence of having completed this seminar.

Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (CQST): The CQST is one of the requirements for candidates seeking a Transitional A certificate (non-degree route) in career and technical education subjects. The CQST consists of multiple-choice questions only.

Conditional Initial Certificate: Applicants who possess a valid certificate in a contract state may apply for a Conditional Initial Certificate. This certificate is valid for two years, during which time the teacher must satisfy the examination requirement for a regular Initial Certificate. If the candidate has satisfied the testing requirement at the end of two years, a regular Initial Certificate will be issued, valid for three years from the effective date of the conditional Initial Certificate.

CST: Content Specialty Test. This exam consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. Applicants for Initial or Permanent Certification must successfully complete the CST appropriate for that area of certification.

D-K

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Seminar: All individuals applying for Initial Certification are required to provide evidence of having completed this seminar.

Extension: Candidates who earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education Pre-K-6 with an academic subject grades 7-9 were eligible for a Provisional certificate Pre-K-6 with that same academic subject attached. E.g., Pre-K-6 with Math 7-9; Pre-K-6 with English 7-9.

Fingerprinting: All applicants for New York certification are required to complete fingerprint supported criminal history background checks.

Fire and Arson Safety Seminar: All individuals applying for Initial Certification are required to provide evidence of having completed this seminar.

HIV/Exposure Seminar: This seminar is not required for Initial certification, but may be required by your department for graduation.

Initial Certification: This type of certificate is issued to individuals seeking certification after February 2, 2004. This certificate is valid for five years and  is the first step towards Professional Certificate.

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L-M

LAST: Liberal Arts and Science Test. This is one of the three required exams for Initial Certification. The LAST consists of multiple-choice test questions and a written assignment. This test should be taken sophomore or junior year, after completion of most basic liberal arts and sciences coursework, or when directed by your department.

Lost Credentials: School districts may require that individuals show proof of certification in a specific area as a condition of employment. Teachers who have lost their teaching certificates may receive duplicate copies by visiting the NYSED.gov Website under "Lost Credentials".

Money Order:  A written order for the payment of a sum to a named individual; obtainable and payable at a post office.   

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N-P

NCATE: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Notary: Someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity.

NYSED: New York State Education Department located in Albany, NY.

NYSTCE: New York State Teacher Certification Exams. A series of assessments required for New York State teaching certification.

Permanent Certification: This type of certificate is issued to candidates holding a Provisional Certificate. Permanent Certification is valid for the life of the holder.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program: A program for non-education bachelor degree holders who wish to obtain teaching certification. Appropriate for career changes.

Preparation Guide: Various preparation guides are available for each test in the NYSTCE program. Preparation guides can be viewed via the NYSTCE testing Website, and each preparation guide contains information about the tests, test objectives, and sample test questions.

Professional Certification: This type of certificate is issued to candidates holding an Initial Certificate. Professional Certification is issued after obtaining a Master's degree, and is renewable every five years with evidence of 175 in-service workshop hours.

Program Completion: B.S. degree, M.S. degree, or Post-Baccalaureate Certification-Only program.

Provisional Certification: No longer issued. This type of certificate was offered prior to February 2, 2004. This certificate is valid for 5 years and is the first step towards Permanent Certification.

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R-S

Reciprocity: Applicants who possess a valid certificate in a contract state, may apply for a Conditional Initial Certificate. This certificate is valid for two years, during which time the teacher must satisfy the examination requirement for a regular Initial Certificate. If the candidate has satisfied the testing requirement at the end of two years, a regular Initial Certificate will be issued, valid for three years from the effective date of the conditional Initial Certificate.

Renewal of Lapsed Provisional: Candidates who possess a Provisional certificate which has expired cannot renew their certificates.  However, a  transcript review can be done through a local BOCES to determine if a new certificate can be issued under the post 02/01/2004 regulations. 

S.A.V.E.: School Anti-Violence Education seminar. All individuals applying for certification are required to provide evidence of having completed this seminar.

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T-Z

TEACH On-Line System: The paperless online application system used by the New York State Education Department for the issuance of New York State Teaching Certifications. 

Time Extension: The time validity of an Initial/ Provisional Certificate may be extended for the period up to two years. Time extensions are issued in increments and are issued by New York State Education Department, not Buffalo State College.

Transcripts: A transcript is a college record of all coursework taken in both undergraduate and graduate level classes.

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