Teacher Certification Office

Buffalo State maintains a Teacher Certification Office in Caudell Hall 101 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, provides teacher certification examination bulletins, and is a resource for certification requirements 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 if they have met all requirements, including at least one student-teaching placement in an urban setting and the required seminars. 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 the TEACH Online Service system 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, 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.

All teacher certification candidates who are applying for Initial Certification and Professional Certification through our Teacher Certification Office are required to complete two clock hours of coursework or training in the following four seminars:

  • S.A.V.E. (School Anti-Violence Education Workshop)
  • Child Abuse Identification Workshop
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness Seminar
  • Fire and Arson Safety Seminar

Information regarding these seminars may be obtained from departmental offices and the Teacher Certification Office or website. Students completing an early childhood education and/or childhood education B.S. program through Buffalo State may be required to take an additional HIV/Exposure Seminar.

Teacher Certification Examination

Successful completion of identified portions of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) is required for New York teaching certificates in all areas. Information can be obtained from departmental offices and 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 be certified there. These include reciprocity for classroom teachers, vocational teachers, and administrative personnel in various states. 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 complete certification requirements through additional coursework at the undergraduate level or through specially designed postbaccalaureate or master’s degree programs. It is advised that they communicate with the appropriate department to determine the required admissions procedure. Please note: A department may require the completion of subject matter courses in the major area to remove any deficiencies. All professional education requirements and any subject matter courses must be completed prior to the student teaching semester. A full semester (12–15 credit hours) of student teaching, including at least one urban placement, must be successfully completed.

Holders of a B.S. or B.A. degree interested in early childhood education and/or childhood education only should contact the Graduate School, Cleveland Hall 204, for application to a special postbaccalaureate degree program.