Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment

Candidates who apply for certification on or after January 1, 1991 are required to complete a minimum of two contact hours of course work or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. This requirement can be met by satisfactory completion of H&PE 350 or by completing a state-approved training workshop.

Current information is available at: http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/ReqDescription.do?metaValueId=419&catGrpId=null&crcId=22&WIN_TYPE=null

School Violence Intervention and Prevention

Candidates who apply for certification on or after February 2, 2001 are required to complete a minimum of two contact hours of course work or training in the warning signs related to violence, and policies related to safe climates, and effective classroom management.

Current information is available at: http://eservices.nysed.gov/teach/certhelp/ReqDescription.do?metaValueId=418&catGrpId=null&crcId=22&WIN_TYPE=null

Fingerprinting and Criminal Background

All candidates for initial certification and all new school employees must be cleared through FBI fingerprinting and criminal background check. The costs for the fingerprinting and the background check are incurred by the candidate.

Current forms and regulations are available at: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ospra/home.html

Fingerprinting Process from Start to Finish (online submission)

  1. Request Fingerprint Cards
  2. Get Fingerprinted
  3. Call the location where you will be Fingerprinted
  4. Apply online for Fingerprint Clearance and Make Payment
  5. Mail Fingerprint cards and Credit Card Confirmation or Coupon with Fee
  6. Fingerprint Processing
  7. Rejection of Fingerprints
  8. No Criminal History
  9. Criminal History
  10. Subsequent Arrests
  11. Destruction of Fingerprints


  1. Request Fingerprint Cards (Unless you are doing LiveScan for which cards are not needed) :

Individual fingerprint cards are available by sending a request to the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA) at the address below.

Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA)
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 981 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
Email: OSPRA@mail.nysed.gov

  1. Get Fingerprinted:

Fill out the top of both blue fingerprint cards as completely as possible, in accordance with the sample fingerprint card. Do not make any stray marks on the card. Carefully compare your card to the sample. Sign your fingerprint card.  If your fingerprint card is missing required information, or your fingerprint card has stray marks or highlighting on it, your application will be rejected before it is processed, which will result in a significant delay in processing.  Click Sample Fingerprint Card to view a sample card.

  1. Call the Location Where You Will be Fingerprinted:

You may be fingerprinted at a number of locations, such as a local police station, school district, BOCES, and some colleges. Please call the location prior to when you need to be fingerprinted. Find out whether they will "scan" or "roll" fingerprints for civil purposes; whether they charge a fee to "scan" or "roll" your fingerprints; whether they have specific dates and times dedicated to "rolling" fingerprints; and whether you need to make an appointment to have your fingerprints "scanned or rolled". OSPRA does not have and does not provide a list of LIVESCAN stations because many LIVESCAN locations are not open to the general public and will provide service only to prospective employees. You can contact a school or BOCES near you.  (See below for a partial list of agencies that will fingerprint for certification)

University Police will roll fingerprints for $15.  Please pay with check made payable to SUNY Geneseo.  May also pay with cash if have exact amount.  Call for an appt. – 5651

 The Livingston County Sheriff’s Dept. will also roll fingerprints with an appointment and they charge $10 ($8 if you provide the cards).  243-7100

In the folder “Fingerprinting” in the Student Teaching Outbox are information on locations that offer LiveScan for a fee (ranging from $25 to $35)

  1. Apply Online for Fingerprint Clearance and Make Payment:

Enter your personal information on the online fingerprint application.  Pay the $$91.50 fee with a credit card or by mailing a certified check, bank check, money order, or employer check, payable to the New York State Education Department.  Personal checks will not be accepted.   You will need a printer available to complete the payment process.

Click to apply for fingerprint clearance.

http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/login.html

 This is the same site used to apply for certification.  If you wish to do both at the same time, use the instructions at http://dean.geneseo.edu/advisement/UG_TEACH_instructions.pdf

  1. Mail Fingerprint Cards and Credit Card Confirmation or Coupon with Fee:
    • Two fingerprint cards
    • Credit Card payment confirmation OR payment coupon with $$91.50 fee.

Mail To:
Fingerprint Processing
NYS Education Department
PO Box 7352, Albany, NY 12224.

  1. Fingerprint Processing:

Upon receipt of your fingerprint cards and fee, OSPRA will process your fingerprints with the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). DCJS and the FBI provides OSPRA with a copy of your criminal history background, if any, so that OSPRA can make a determination on your clearance for employment or application for certification. After receipt of the criminal history, the Department then analyzes any information received in accordance with the requirements of the Executive Law and the Corrections Law.

  1. Rejection of Fingerprints:

Your fingerprints may be rejected before the clearance process is complete.  DCJS and/or the FBI may reject your fingerprints because there was a problem with the quality of the fingerprints, such as, your fingerprints were smudged, or too light or too dark. If your fingerprints are rejected, OSPRA will mail you detailed instructions on the steps you need to take to resubmit your fingerprints.

  1. No Criminal History:

If you filed your fingerprints for the purpose of obtaining a clearance for employment and you have no criminal history you are eligible for clearance for employment. A clearance for employment will be issued when a school district, charter school or BOCES (covered school) requests a clearance for your employment. OSPRA will only issue a clearance for employment when a request by a covered school is made. When a clearance to a covered school is issued you will receive a copy of the clearance. The issued clearance is only good for the school named on the clearance.

If you are seeking a finerprint clearance to satisfy the certification requirement and you have no criminal history, OSPRA will notify the Education Department's Office of Teaching Initiatives that you have completed the fingerprint requirement.

  1. Criminal History:

If you have a criminal history, the matter is reviewed by OSPRA, pursuant to the provisions in Executive Law Section 296(16) and Correction Law Sections 752 and 753, to determine whether there is any basis for a possible denial of clearance and/or certification. Click Fingerprinting Due Process link for a  full explanation of the review process. At any time during the process, you may submit in writing any information that may be relevant to the consideration of your application for clearance, including, information in regard to good conduct and rehabilitation.

  1. Subsequent Arrests:

If you are arrested subsequent to filing your fingerprints with OSPRA, notice of the arrest will be made to OSPRA by DCJS. You will receive a copy of the notice.  OSPRA is obligated to notify your employing school district, charter school or BOCES of the name of the arresting agency, the date of your arrest and the court of jurisdiction.

  1. Destruction of Fingerprints:

The FBI will destroy your fingerprints once its criminal background check is completed. DCJS will retain your fingerprints following its criminal background check as part of its "Search and Retain" services, until the Education Department requests that the fingerprints be destroyed.

If you were fingerprinted for employment purposes and you subsequently leave that employment and are not reemployed within 12 months at a public school, charter school or BOCES, OSPRA shall request that DCJS destroy your fingerprints. You also have the right to request that your fingerprints be destroyed prior to the end of the twelve-month period.

If you seek employment in a school after your fingerprints are destroyed, you will need to be fingerprinted again. If you were fingerprinted for certification purposes, your fingerprints may not be destroyed for the period of time that your certification is valid.

New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)

Current forms, regulations, test dates, and test frameworks are available at: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/ and http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ . Information is also available through the Career Services Office in Blake A.

NY State Testing Certification Exams Information

Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 must take and pass the following exams:

Initial Teaching

 

edTPA

(The edTPA will be completed during student teaching)

Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Content Specialty Tests (CST)

Candidates who don't take and pass the current CST for their field before the new test is implemented (see release schedule below) will be required to take and pass the new test.

 

To register for tests and find preparation material visit: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/
For your convenience SUNY Geneseo has a Pearson testing center on campus. It's located in the basement of Erwin Hall.

Educating All Students Test (EAS) should be completed after all education coursework has been completed. It can be taken before or during student teaching. You can NOT be absent from student teaching to take a certification test.

Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) Elementary Education students should wait until after block IV to take this test. Adolescence students should wait until after block III to take this test. This test can be taken before or during student teaching. You can NOT be absent from student teaching to take a certification test.

Content Specialty Test (CST) should be taken after the “content” has been completed. For adolescence candidates that would be when the major coursework is complete. Elementary education candidates should take the multi-subjects test(s) after the general education coursework and related requirements have been completed. The students with disabilities content test OR the early childhood content test should be taken after block V.

The CST can be taken before, during or after student teaching.

You can NOT be absent from student teaching to take a certification test.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to announce that the preparation guides, along with updated test frameworks and other useful information for test preparation, are now available on the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) website at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_prepare_opener.asp for the Content Specialty Tests (CST) listed below (in Group 1). Candidates taking one of the CST’s listed (in Group 1) below on or after September 22, 2014, must take the revised CST examination for certification.

 

 

 

CST Group 1:

Anticipated Open Registration Date – August 21, 2014

First Administration Date – September 22, 2014

 

Literacy

Preparation Materials: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=065

 

Mathematics

Preparation Materials: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=004

 

English Language Arts

Preparation Materials: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=003

 

Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood* (Birth- 2)

Preparation Materials: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=211

 

Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood* (Grades 1-6)*

Preparation Materials: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=221

 

CST's for Childhood with Special Education Certification Candidates:
Students with Disabilities
Multisubject: Teacher's of Childhood Part One (221)
Multisubject: Teacher's of Childhood Part Two (222)
Multisubject: Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)
Candidates must pass all parts.


CST's for Early Childhood with Childhood Certification Candidates:
Multisubject: Teacher's of Childhood Part One (221)
Multisubject: Teacher's of Childhood Part Two (222)
Multisubject: Teacher's of Early Childhood Part One (211)
Multisubject: Teacher's of Early Childhood Part Two (212)
Multisubject: Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)

Candidates must pass all parts.

 

CST’s with Release Dates Still To Be Announced

 

CST Group 2: As they are available in Fall 2014**
Students with Disabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

CST Group 3: As they are available in Fall 2015**
French
Spanish

CST Group 4: As they are available in Fall 2016**
Social Studies

CST Group 5: As they are available in Fall 2017**
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics

** Candidates who don't take and pass the current CST for their field before the new test is implemented will be required to take and pass the new test.

The list above only includes CST tests for certification programs at SUNY Geneseo. To access the full list please visit:

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp


For additional information about taskstream, certification, or our programs,
please see our Advising Newsletter:
http://www.geneseo.edu/education/student_resources

Because things are continually changing with this new exam format, we strongly suggest you check in with the NYSTCE website http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp regularly and not solely rely on our information on this page. 

http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certexamsl2012.html


Questions?  Email edcertpolicy@mail.nysed.gov. The Department will periodically publish answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.

Certification Exam Checklist

Other New York State Education Department Websites

Applying For Certification

Click on the following link for step-by-step directions of how to apply for a certificate, as well as program codes and how to send the information to Geneseo.


Employment Information

New York Commissioner's Regulation 52.21(b)(2)(i)(e) requires that all teacher education institutions make information available to prospective and enrolled students about the labor market and job availability for the programs we offer. The following table is based on 2005 research from the American Association for Employment in Education.

Program

Demand in the Northeast
Demand Nationally
Early Childhood
Balanced Supply & Demand
Balanced Supply & Demand
Childhood w/Special Education
Some Shortage
Some Shortage
Adolescence-English
Balanced Supply & Demand
Balanced Supply & Demand
Adolescence-Math
Considerable Shortage
Considerable Shortage
Adolescence-Social Studies
Some Surplus
Some Surplus
Adolescence-Biology
Some Shortage
Some Shortage
Adolescence-Chemistry
Some Shortage
Some Shortage
Adolescence-Earth Science
Some Shortage
Some Shortage
Adolescence-Physics
Considerable Shortage
Some Shortage
Adolescence-French
Balanced Supply & Demand
Balanced Supply & Demand
Adolescence-Spanish
Some Shortage
Some Shortage
Reading & Literacy
Some Shortage
Balanced Supply & Demand
Speech Pathologist
Considerable Shortage
Some Shortage

The Follow-up Study for the past three graduating classes at SUNY Geneseo revealed the following placement data:

Post Graduation Status of Bachelors Degree Recipients by area of study:

For All Teacher Certification and Communicative Disorders and Sciences Graduates

 

 

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Number Reporting 

211

220

232

279

289

Employed Full-Time

37%

47%

41%

44%

43%

Employed Part-Time

17%

9%

12%

12%

12%

Graduate School

43%

42%

44%

41%

40%

Unemployed Available

1%

0%

2%

2%

3%

Unavailable for Work

2%

2%

1%

1%

2%