SUNY Geneseo, as an Educator Preparation Program, offers a range of NYS certification programs in teaching. In addition to completing your degree program at Geneseo, the following are requirements for NYS Teacher Certification. While we are pleased to assist our candidates and alum with certification, please remember that your certification is your responsibility. Please visit the New York State Education Department "Certification from Start to Finish" http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certprocess.html for more information.
Dignity for All Students Act
Effective December 31, 2013, all applicants for Certification are required to complete six clock hours of coursework or training in accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law. 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://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/dasa-applicant.html.
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://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/ca.html
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://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/save.html.
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. As of July 14, 2017, all fingerprinting required by New York State Education Department (NYSED) for certification must be scheduled with MorphoTrust at http://www.IdentoGO.com. For complete directions and information on the fingerprinting process, please go to: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tsei/ospra/fpprocess.html.
New York State Teacher Certification Exams
All candidates must register, take, and pass all the required New York State Teacher Certification Exams. The cost for the exams are incurred by the candidate. For information regarding current exam requirements, test dates, test framework, costs associated with each exam, please go to: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/.
Apply Online for your Initial Certificate(s)
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.
Recommendation for Certification
- Certification Checklist - Early Childhood and Childhood Education
- Certification Checklist - Childhood with Special Education
- Certification Checklist - Adolescence Education
Notice of Education Program Changes:
Because teacher education certification programs and requirements may change, it is the teacher candidate’s responsibility to be aware of all requirements necessary for graduation and certification. Candidates should consult with the appropriate program coordinator, attend advising sessions, and make regular appointments with their advisors. All certification questions should be directed to the Michelle Margeson. The Education Preparation Unit will comply with any new SUNY or NYSED regulations required to complete the appropriate programs to be recommended for certification. Efforts will be made to update teacher candidates on any changes in program requirements, but teacher candidates are ultimately responsible for meeting program requirements.