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Upon successful completion of your program and passing scores on New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE), you will apply for Initial Certification. The Initial Certification is valid for five years; your first year of teaching must be mentored. During this five-year period, you must complete requirements for the professional certificate. For more information, visit New York State Department of Education's Certification Requirements FAQs page.
Important Note: New testing requirements for initial certification of teachers and school building leaders are scheduled to be implemented beginning with candidates graduating from NYS educator preparation programs in May 2014. As currently planned, teacher and school building leader candidates graduating in May 2014 or after will need to pass a new set of New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). NYS teacher education candidates graduating in May 2014 or after should wait for the new tests to be available before beginning testing. For more information on these new requirements, visit the NYS Office of Teacher Certification exam information Web page.
New York has interstate contracts (Reciprocal Certification Agreements) with more than 40 other states and jurisdictions.
If you need to verify the completion of a SUNY College at Plattsburgh approved teacher preparation program for certification purposes in another state, please send the out of state verification form with a stamped envelope containing the address to which you would like the verification sent to the attention of Bethanne DelGaudio, Director of Certification.
If you would like more information about teacher certification at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Mrs. Bethanne DelGaudio
Director of Certification & Graduate Advising
Office: Sibley 302A
Phone: (518) 564-2124
Phone (Teacher Education Unit Office): (518) 564-2122
Fax: (518) 564-2149
Office: Sibley 302
Phone: (518) 564-5149