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Teacher Certification Office Powdermaker Hall – 135 718-997-5547 Provisional and Permanent Certifications How they Function for School Counselors and School Psychologists During Your Career How to keep provisional certification active and prevent it from lapsing
First Provisional Certification • Candidates/Students seeking their First Provisional Certification must be recommended for Certification through their Institution – Teacher Certification Office • There are two systems that must have their requirements met in order for the Provisional Certification to be issued • The Institution – Queens College, CUNY • The New York State Department of Education
Components Required by: • Queens College, CUNY • Complete Teacher Preparation Program • Includes field work in a school • Take 5 seminars: • Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention seminar (www.childabuseworkshop.com) • School Violence Prevention and Intervention seminar (www.violenceworkshop.com) • DASA: Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination seminar • School Safety seminar • Alcohol and Substance Abuse seminar • NYS Department of Ed • Fingerprints must be on file with the State Sign up for the seminars in the Professional & Continuing Studies Department – 718-997-5700
The Candidate/Student must apply for every certification sought.1. If the Candidate has completed a College Teacher Preparation Program the Institution’s Teacher Certification Office will recommend the person for certification.2. If the candidate is applying for a separate certification he/she applies through the individual method in the TEACH system of the NYS Dept. of Ed • When you have satisfied both the College’s (& the College has recommended you for certification) and the State’s requirements for certification you will be issued your First Provisional Certification within a couple of days to a week from the day the College recommends you. (The Provisional Certificate is not automatically mailed to you – you must request it on-line using the TEACH system). • You have 5 years within which your must be a School Counselor or School Psychologist for 2 years full-time or the equivalent of 360 days of substitute work (or a combination of both). • It must be substitute or part-time work because you are responsible for the work you do directly in the school • Keep a record of the days you have worked in whatever schools you substituted – ask for a statement about every 1/2 year. You will have to send proof of substitute work to the State when you apply for Permanent Certification. • If you have been unable to work 2 years full-time or the 360 days of substituting you are able to obtain a 2 year time extension – apply for a 2 year Time Extension on the TEACH site about 3 to 4 months before your certification expires. • After the 2 year extension, if you have still not been able to work for the 2 full-time or the 360 days of substituting you are able to apply for an Provisional Certificate Reissuance. However, in order to get these extra 5 years I believe you must do 175 hours of Professional Development. The Sequential aspects of the First Provisional Certification from application & Institutional recommendation Ways of extending Provisional Certification Time Extension – Provisional Certificate Reissuance
Permanent Certification: • You have worked as a School Counselor or School Psychologist 2 years full-time or its equivalent of 360 days of substitute or part-time work and have your Master’s Degree • You are eligible to apply for Permanent Certification. You may have accomplished working two years in less than the 5 years allowed, you can still can apply for the Permanent Certification at this time. • When you apply for Permanent Certification you must mail up certain documentation to the New York State Department of Education, Office of Teaching Initiatives, 5 North Education Building, Albany, NY 12234: • Send up proof that you have worked 2 years full-time (i.e. full-time and part-time experience) • If you are applying through the Individual Pathway make sure you send up original copies of your transcripts and the original seminars – Child Abuse, School Violence, and DASA: or the Bullying seminar • Permanent Certification is Permanent and will not have to be renewed