Additional Teaching Certificates


For certain subjects, SED requires additional and specific certifications. Below are details about some of the most common supplementary and subject-specific certifications:

NYS Certification: Students with Disabilities
Special education certification has undergone many changes in the past 20 years. Prior to 2004, the special education certificate was considered an ‘All Grades’ certificate, or K-12. Individuals with this certificate could fulfill any and all assignments related to special education, including special class assignments. Learn more.

NYS Certification in Career and Technical Education
The new certification requirements adopted by the Regents in May 2017 utilize the nationally recognized Career Clusters structure as a framework for CTE certification in NYS and streamline the requirements for initial and professional certification in Career and Technical Education. Learn more.

Requirements for Supplementary Certificates for Teaching English Language Learners in NYS
Changes to Part 154 of Commissioner's Regulations in 2015 that layout the requirements for the instruction of English Language Learners (ELL) require that the majority of instruction for ELLs be integrated into the content areas, especially English Language Arts. Learn more.

Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
In June 2012, the Legislature enacted Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012, which amended the Dignity Act to include a requirement that school professionals applying for a certificate or license on or after July 1, 2013 complete training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. Learn more.

Training in the Needs of Students with Autism
Individuals applying for a teaching certificate as a special education teacher complete course work or training in the area of children with autism. The course work or training must be obtained from an institution or provider which has been approved by the State Education Department to provide such course work or training. Learn more.

Certification in Computer Science
The NYS Board of Regents adopted regulations in March 2018 that created a classroom teaching certificate in computer science and a corresponding tenure area.  The regulations designate the computer science certificate as part of the ‘special subjects’ tenure area.  Learn more.

Supplementary Teaching Certificate
Supplementary Teaching Certificate allows teachers certified in one classroom teaching area to provide instruction in a different certificate area where there is a demonstrated shortage of qualified teachers, for up to three years, while pursuing the requirements necessary for the new certificate title. Learn more.

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