Teacher Certification Office

Buffalo State maintains a Teacher Certification Office in Chase Hall 222 that serves as a resource for Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff. The Teacher Certification Office verifies program completion so that Buffalo State graduates may apply for New York State teacher certification. The Teacher Certification Office also verifies completion of teacher education programs for graduates applying for out-of-state certification, and is a resource for education departments in all 50 states.

New York State Certification

All students who successfully complete an approved program in teacher education may be recommended to the New York State Education Department for a teaching certificate. In addition, the New York State Education Department requires both a background check through a fingerprinting process and satisfactory performance on a series of examinations before a certificate can be issued.

Graduates are able to apply for a New York State Teacher Certificate online through TEACH Online Services at highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach. In order for the Teacher Certification Office to provide verification of program completion to the New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives, students need to provide the certification office with permission to release this information. Release forms may be obtained from the office’s website or the Teacher Certification Office.

Teacher Certification Examinations

Successful completion of identified New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) is required for New York teaching certificates in all areas. Information can be obtained from the Teacher Certification Office.

Interstate Certification

As a participant in the Interstate Certification Project, New York State has reciprocity agreements with a number of other states, allowing Buffalo State graduates to seek certification and employment in other states. These include reciprocity for classroom teachers, vocational teachers, and administrative personnel. The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations may not be acceptable in other states. Students should check with individual states to determine specific requirements.

Certification for B.S./B.A. Degree Holders

Holders of a B.S. or B.A. degree who wish to become certified may receive advisement from the Teacher Certification Office regarding available option, which may include Post-Baccalaureate Certification Programs, Master's Degree Including Initial Teacher Certification and alternate pathways.