Teacher Certification Application Instructions

Please read all instructions before beginning.

I: Access the TEACH System

Set up your TEACH account

  1. First, you must create an NYSED TEACH user login and password.
  2. Click "Create an NY.gov TEACH account" and follow the instruction provided to self-register. It is suggested that when you register, you use a personal email, not your Geneseo email.
  3. Once you have created your account, you can access it by clicking "Login to TEACH." Enter the username and password you created and click the login button.

Historical Program Codes (Use for degrees before 2018)

II: Apply for Certification

Step 1 - Verify/update your profile
  1. Log into your TEACH account.
  2. Click on the box that says, "TEACH Online Services."
  3. Click on "Apply for Certificate" under the Online Application heading.
  4. Read the information provided and click "Next" (bottom right) to continue
  5. Click the "Edit Education" box.
  6. Provide your college education information using the Teacher Certification- Institution SUC Geneseo Chart to help you.
  7. Once submitted, this cannot be edited.
  8. When finished, click the "add" box (bottom right).
  9. Confirm that your education information is accurate by clicking the "next" box.
  10. Read the information provided.
Step 2 - Select certificate(s)
  1. Enter the program code found in the Teacher Certification Program Code Chart.
    • For dual certification childhood candidates, select your edTPA certification first . You will complete this process twice (your first one for your edTPA, and the other certification second). Applicants must go all the way through and sign their affidavit for one certification BEFORE they can select their second certificate.
    • Adolescence Science candidates, you will complete this first in your content area (major) and complete it a second time, selecting "extension" as the subject area and "General Science" as the grade level. Applicants must go all the way through and sign their affidavit for one certification BEFORE they can select their second certificate.
  2. When finished, click "Submit" then "Next."
  3. Under Review Type , select "I want my application to be reviewed by the State Education Department."
  4. Click "Next."
Step 3 - Sign and pay
  1. Read and answer the questions that follow under the headings: "Certification Regarding Child Support" and "Moral Character Determination."
  2. When finished, sign the affidavit by clicking the "Sign Affidavit" box.
  3. Read the next page and sign the application by clicking the "Sign Application" box.
  4. You will be taken to the checkout section and prompted to make a payment ($50 per certificate).

III: College Recommendation

You must complete your Graduation Application and the NYSED certification application before completing the college recommendation step. View the Graduation Records webpage for info about how and when to submit the Graduation Application. Once you have completed both your graduation and NYSED certification applications, then you can complete the College Recommendation form.

The Google form (link below) will ask for you to take a screenshot of your NYSED certification application to include with your college recommendation request, along with a $10 processing fee. The one-time, $10.00 fee covers the processing of recommendations to the NYSED system and is separate from the $50 fee paid to NYSED to complete each certification.

Submit Form and Screenshot

  1. Login to your TEACH account
  2. Click on the box that says, "TEACH Online Services"
  3. Click on "Account Information"
  4. Scroll down and click on "Certificates" and select "Submit"
  5. Take a screenshot of the page (biographical information and certificate application). If you need to capture in multiple screenshots, you will need to add all screenshots to a single document in order to complete the next step.
  6. Complete the college recommendation Google form and upload the screenshot taken in Step 5. Once you submit the form, a confirmation page appears with the link to pay the $10 processing fee.

NOTE: Your recommendation will not be processed without receipt of the application information and processing fee.

Specific directions for screenshots

Required TEACH information #1 includes the section titled Person Information. This section lists applicants personal identifiers which is important to ensure recommendations are issued to the correct applicant.



Required TEACH information #2 includes the section titled Applications. This section is a listing of each credential completed. This information is necessary to issue recommendations for each certification requested.


Graduation/Commencement Note

After completing all other requirements, students who complete a fall semester Student-Teacher Certification and wish to participate in an early May Commencement ceremony are eligible to complete a Commencement Participation Exception Request seeking approval to "walk" in commencement early. 

Students graduating in December can participate in the May Commencement ceremonies before or after their December graduation date, but not both.  Apply to graduate by December and answer 'Yes' to the question asking if you wish to participate in Commencement Ceremonies.