One of our union’s most valued services is help for members navigating the complex New York State certification process.
Whether it’s answering a question about requirements to move from initial to professional certification or addressing a certification issue that could impact your employment, we have experts who know their stuff.
It can be hard to get answers from the State Education Department. NYSUT certification experts handle thousands of calls and emails per year. It’s good to know you have someone who is on your side and will listen.
Under state Education Law, you can’t teach in a public school unless you have a valid certificate. SED expects YOU to know the requirements and maintain your certification. NYSUT understands that the demands of teaching may distract you from state certification requirements, so we’re here to help if you need it.
Once you get your professional certification, it gets easier.
Then it’s all about maintaining your license with Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours. Members with professional teaching certificates and Level III teaching assistant certificates must complete 100 hours of CTLE every five years to maintain certification.
Visit our newly updated certification page at www.nysut.org/certfication. You’ll find fact sheets written in everyday language to explain state requirements and address the most often-asked questions. If you still have questions, you may also contact NYSUT certification experts.