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Certification & Licensing: Exams, edTPA, Fingerprinting, and Workshops

Initial Certification

All students who have been formally admitted to and successfully complete an initial certification program at Stony Brook University (i.e., an undergraduate, combined, or graduate D-TALE program), are eligible for an initial certification with institutional recommendation.  In addition to completing the coursework, field experience, and student teaching within each initial certification program, pre-service teachers must complete relevant workshops and exams as well as successfully complete the EdTPA Portfolio and be fingerprinted by the state.  All information regarding a pre-service teacher's progress towards initial certification will be catalogued on their TEACH account.  Accepted students should create an account.   

TEACH Account

 The New York State Education (NYSED) TEACH system administers all information relating to certification. Current and prospective teachers have an account through which they submit their educational credentials, fingerprint clearance and other required information. If you are a student who has not yet created an account, please log in to get started. Your fingerprint clearance and status may only be monitored through your TEACH account. Be sure to save your log-in information because you will be using your TEACH account to apply for your certificate and will continue to use it throughout your career.

If you have any questions about your status you must contact New York State directly at 518-473-2998 or  OSPRA@mail.nysed.gov.


Exams

All students will have to complete the Educating All Students Test and the  Revised CST (Content Specialty Test) in the area of the certificate.  It is the student's responsibility to monitor the TEACH website to ensure that they are taking the appropriate examinations. 


edTPA Portfolio

All students are required to complete and submit the edTPA Portfolio (Education - Teacher Performance Assessment Portfolio) in their content field.  Please check with your program director for specific requirements. The rigorous course of study and broad field experience of each Stony Brook teacher preparation program prepare students for this time-consuming but manageable project, which is described in the following terms on the edTPA site:  

"Aspiring teachers must prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience. edTPA requires aspiring teachers to demonstrate readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students' strengths and needs; engage real students in ambitious learning; analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective. Teacher candidates submit unedited video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom as part of a portfolio that is scored by highly trained educators. edTPA builds on decades of teacher performance assessment development and research regarding teaching skills and practices that improve student learning."


Fingerprinting

New York State law requires the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA) to conduct fingerprint-supported criminal history background checks for applicants for certification and all prospective employees of school districts, charter schools and BOCES. After your fingerprints have been processed by OSPRA, your TEACH account will contain the following statement: "Your DCJS and FBI results have been received". You will not receive anything from OSPRA unless a school district requests a fingerprint clearance report for you.

As of August 3, 2015, the fingerprinting verification process is operated by   IdentoGO. The fingerprint application fee is $99. When visiting the IdentoGO website to set up your appointment, you may be prompted for a service number. Follow the   website instructions  to find out the correct service code and which forms of identification to bring to the appointment with you. 


Workshops

Required workshops for NYS Certification. 

Training in Identifying and Reporting Suspected Cases of Child Abuse and Maltreatment

• NCE 600 
• 1 session  
• Fee: $40
• Monday 6-8 pm

This workshop provides documentation that the student has completed two (clock) hours of New York State approved coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment.  

2017 Schedule  — All classes meet on Monday

September 11, 2017
October 16, 2017
November 13, 2017
December 11, 2017
January 8, 2018
February 12, 2018
March 19, 2018
April 16, 2018
May 14, 2018
June 11, 2018
July 9, 2018
August 13, 2018

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Identification and Referral of Substance Abuse

• NCE 601 
• 1 session
• Fee: $40  
• 
Thursday 6-8 pm 

This course is designed to assist educators in defining their role in the process of getting students connected to help for possible substance abuse problems. An overview of signs and symptoms, risk factors and the average age of onset of substance abuse will be explored. Issues and common indicators for identifying children of alcoholics and substance abusers will be discussed along with how teachers can help. The final part of this class will examine what a referral for help is, the educator’s role and common obstacles to making a referral.

Note: Stony Brook University teacher candidates are required to take this substance abuse workshop. The workshop does not need to appear on participants' TEACH accounts (nor will it appear).

2017 Schedule — All classes meet on Thursday

September 14, 2017
October 19, 2017
November 16, 2017
December 14, 2017
January 11, 2018
February 15, 2018
March 22, 2018
April 19, 2018
May 17, 2018
June 14, 2018
July 12, 2018
August 16, 2018

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Project Save (Prevention and Intervention of School Violence) 

• NCE 602
• 1 session
• Fee: $40  
• 
Thursday 8-10 pm

 New York State law requires attendance and successful completion of a one-session workshop on school violence.
Note: Class size is limited; advance registration required. 

2017 Schedule — All classes meet on Thursday

September 14, 2017
October 19, 2017
November 16, 2017
December 14, 2017
January 11, 2018
February 15, 2018
March 22, 2018
April 19, 2018
May 17, 2018
June 14, 2018
July 12, 2018
August 16, 2018

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Dignity for All Students Act (Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention)

• NCE 604 
• 1 Session 
• Fee: $100
• Saturday, 3 hours + additional online work

Under the  Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), the Commissioner of Education’s Regulations have been amended to require all teacher, pupil personnel and school leadership preparation programs to include at least six hours of training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention. This requirement went into effect on December 31, 2013.

This workshop is six hours of required instruction, but will be divided into one three-hour face-to-face session and an online activity to be completed online through Blackboard. Further details will follow. 

2017  Schedule —   All classes meet on Saturday, unless otherwise noted

September 16, 2017
October 14, 2017
November 18, 2017
December 9, 2017
January 20, 2018
February 17, 2018
March 17, 2018
April 14, 2018
May 19, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 14, 2018
August 18, 2018 

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Autism Workshop

• NCE 605 
• 1 session
• Fee: $50 •  Wednesday  6-9 pm

This workshop will meet over two 2-hour sessions once per month, on a  Monday and Wednesday evening.  Students are required to be present for both sessions for the full four hours and complete a test with passing score at the end of the second session.  Successful candidates will receive their certificates of completion at the end of the second session.

2017 Schedule —  All classes meet on Wednesday 

October 11, 2017
March 21, 2018
July 11, 2018

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Class size is limited and advanced registration is required for all workshops. 

Cancellations and Refunds: If a course is cancelled by the School of Professional Development, 100% of the fee will be refunded.  Participants who withdraw from a course will receive 100% of the fee returned only if they cancel 14 days or more in advance of the course. 

Registration and Scheduling Information for Workshops
Career Development Programs
Email:  CareerDevelopment_SPD@stonybrook.edu
Phone: (631) 632-7022 


Professional Certification

All teachers in New York State must earn a functionally relevant master’s degree containing a minimum of twelve credits in the content area of initial license and teach at level (grade level range encompassed within initial certification) for a minimum of three years, the first of which must be mentored. All teachers in New York State must be U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens who have obtained lawful permanent resident status, otherwise they will not be licensed. 


International Students 

All international students who graduate from a “registered and approved” program at Stony Brook and obtain an initial certification may work in New York State with an appropriate visa. These individuals who hold an initial license must become naturalized citizens or obtain a permanent-resident green card within five years of receiving their initial certification or their license will expire.  

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