2016 Certification Changes for all Permanently & Professionally Certified teachers and Level III

  • Starting July 1, 2016, all permanently or professionally certified teachers and Level III teaching assistants working in public schools or BOCES will be required to register online with the State Education Department. The registration process, which will begin on a rolling basis during the educator's birth month, will be done using the State Education Department's TEACH system. Re-registration will be required every five years. There is no fee for registration unless the certificate holder fails to complete the process by his or her deadline. A late fee of $10 per month will be charged if the deadline is missed.

    Details on the actual registration process are still to be determined by SED. Since the state does not have a reliable means of communicating these regulatory changes to all impacted certificate holders, NYSUT is proposing that no late fees should be assessed in 2016–17. NYSUT is also seeking an appeals process for those who miss the registration deadline.

    The new requirements were approved last year as part of the 2015 state budget. The law also requires new professional development requirements called Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE).

    All professional and Level III teaching assistant certificate holders will be required to meet a 100- hour CTLE requirement within each five-year registration cycle. School districts will be approved CTLE providers and still be required to develop professional development plans that meet requirements. SED regulations also identify BOCES, teacher centers, higher education institutions, NYSUT's Education & Learning Trust and professional organizations as other expected providers.

     *Any certificate holder not working in an applicable school (school districts or BOCES located in New York State, and the School District of the City of New York and any of its components) may allow her/his registration to lapse without being charged a fee if she/he notifies SED that she/he is no longer working in an applicable school. However, if she/he wishes to return to practice in an applicable school, she/he will need to register with SED prior to resuming practice. The process for notifying SED is still to be determined.

    Individuals whose professional certificates or Level III Teaching Assistant certificate are issued after July 1, 2016 will be automatically registered. These individuals will then be required to re-register in five years, during the month of their birth at the TEACH Online Services site.

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    NYSUT has posted a fact sheet on the new regulations at www.nysut.org/factsheets: