Applying for a Teacher Certificate

This page contains information for those who have completed the teacher education program at the University at Buffalo and are in the process of applying to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for the issuance of a teacher certificate associated with the completed program. For those applying for a teacher certificate not associated with the completed program, please contact the certification officer of your local Board of Cooperative Educational Services(BOCES) or the Office of Teaching Initiatives within NYSED.

Initial Teacher Certificate

For the professional teacher certificate, gifted education extension, literacy, or school library media specialist, please scroll down the page to the applicable section.

The initial-only and initial/professional tracks of the teacher education program lead to a recommendation for an Initial Teacher Certificate to be issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

For information about an application for an initial teacher certificate, please contact the Teacher Education Institute (716-645-2461; ubtei@buffalo.edu). Additionally, the instructional packet for the NYSED TEACH system is available as follows:

Initial Teacher Certificate (TEACH Application Instructions)

Professional Teacher Certificate

The initial/professional and professional-only tracks of the teacher education program lead to a recommendation for a Professional Teacher Certificate to be issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

For information about an application for a professional teacher certificate, please contact the Teacher Education Institute (716-645-2461; ubtei@buffalo.edu). Additionally, the instructional packet for the NYSED TEACH system is available as follows:

Professional Teacher Certificate (TEACH Application Instructions)

Gifted Education Extension

The teacher certification program track in Gifted Education leads to a recommendation for teacher certification, with the specific certificate extension type dependent on the certificate type currently held.

For information about an application for a teacher certificate in this area, please contact Tracey McNerney in the Department of Learning and Instruction.

Literacy

The Literacy Specialist master's degree leads to a recommendation for teacher certification, with the specific certificate type dependent on whether a certificate applicant meets the requirements of the professional teacher certificate (including three years of paid, fulltime classroom teaching experience).

For information about an application for a teacher certificate in this area, please contact the Teacher Education Institute (716-645-2461; ubtei@buffalo.edu). Additionally, the instructional packets for the NYSED TEACH system are available as follows:

Initial Teacher Certificate (TEACH Application Instructions)
Professional Teacher Certificate (TEACH Application Instructions)

School Library Media Specialist

For information about teacher certification in the area of School Library Media Specialist, please contact Jessica Purvis in the Department of Library and Information Studies.