Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the difference between initial/professional and professional certification programs?

One major difference is the number of credits between initial/professional (min. 39 credits) and professional (30 credits). Also, students enrolled in initial/professional will have to student teach again.

2. What are the requirements to secure a professional teaching certificate?

In addition to the master’s degree, you must have three years of teaching experience.

3. How long do I have to secure a master’s degree (and either an initial/professional or professional certification)?

As of February, 2005, you have five years to complete the master's degree from the time you secure your certification from New York State.

4. Can I get an extension to complete the master’s degree?

It is possible. Currently, the requirement for earning a master's degree is five years after a person gets certified in New York. Although there is a process for an extension, you will have to meet one of several conditions. Please refer to the following NYS website for additional information regarding extensions: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/

5. Where can I get information that will help me to prepare for New York State Teacher Certification Examinations?

For preparation guides, go to: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_viewSG_opener.asp

The link to the New York State Teacher's Certification Examinations is: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com

6. Can you make specific request requests about where you’d like to be placed to student teach?

On the application to student teach, you can request a specific location to student teach at, and a specific person with whom you would like to complete your student teaching. Although we will try our best to get you placed where you have requested, we cannot guarantee that all personal requests about student teaching placements will be able to be accommodated.

7. Is fingerprinting a mandatory part of the certification process? Where can I get information about the fingerprinting process?

Fingerprinting is a mandatory part of the certification process. In addition to passing the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, attending project SAVE, and completing a workshop on child abuse, you will need to be fingerprinted. Additional information about the fingerprinting process is available at the following website: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ospra/.

We will soon be offering fingerprinting services on campus. We will post additional information about this new, convenient option soon.

8. Project SAVE: What is it? Is it a mandatory part of the certification process?

What additional information do I need to know about it? The Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (Project SAVE) was signed into law in July 2000 to improve school safety in response to the rise of violence in our schools.

Project SAVE is a mandatory part of the certification process.

Daemen offers Project SAVE at no cost to the students just prior to participate in student teaching. BOCES also provides this training in project SAVE, however, BOCES charges a participants a fee to receive this training.

9. Is the child abuse workshop mandatory? Can the workshop on child abuse be taken on-line?

Completing the child abuse workshop is a mandatory part of the certification process. In order to secure your certification, you must have child abuse training.

The workshop can be completed on-line, and is available at the following website: http://www.childabuseworkshop.com/

10. I am a master's student enrolled in special education/childhood education (1-6) initial/professional, what tests do I need to take, and pass, in order to secure my certification?

New York State also refers to this as “Teachers of Students with Disabilities (grade 1-6).” You will need to take and pass: The Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) The Elementary-Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) The Content Specialty Test (CST) in Disabilities The Content Specialty Test (CST) in Multi-Subject. See the education department’s website for more information. Test registration booklets are available in the TRC. Also, refer to the following NYS website for additional requirements and fees: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ The link to the New York State Teacher's Certification Examinations is: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com

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