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Requirements for Certification and Graduation

In addition to their graduate course work, all students must complete required NYSED workshops and examinations for certification. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website to ensure that they are taking the appropriate examinations. In addition to the links below, we encourage you to review this slide deck, which provides context and helpful tips.

TEACH Information

New York State Program Codes (for TEACH):

  • School Building Leader Initial/Professional: 31598
  • School District Leader Professional: 31598
  • School District Business Leader Professional: 29335

For complete details on filing, please review our NYS Certification Instructions. Or review our Graduation and Certification presentation.


Examination Information

Recommended SBL and SDL Examination Scheduling

While the examinations are given several times per year, it is highly recommended that students delay taking the New York State Educational Leader Certification Examinations until they are fully engaged in the internship experience. The Internship (EDL 585) and accompanying Seminar (EDL 586) will provide both practical experience and in-depth test preparation. This experience and preparation is invaluable for the successful completion of the tests. Spring/Summer interns should plan on registering for the June test and those students in the Summer/Fall internship should register for the October test.

School Building Leader (SBL) Examination

The SBL examination is required for certification purposes only; not for graduation. Students seeking the SBL certification should plan to take this test during the same administration periods mentioned below. The School Building Leader Examination will include Performance Assessment - Portfolio

School District Leader (SDL) Examination

The SDL examination is required for graduation as well as certification. Students seeking the SDL certification should plan to take this test during the same administration periods mentioned below.

School District Business Leader (SDBL) Examinations

The SDBL examination is given several times per year. It is highly recommended that students delay taking the New York State School District Business Leader Certification Examinations until they are fully engaged in the internship experience. The Internship (EDL 565) and accompanying Seminar (EDL 566) will provide both practical experience and in-depth test preparation. This experience and preparation is invaluable for the successful completion of the tests. Spring/Summer interns should plan on registering for the June test and those students in the Summer/Fall internship should register for the October test.

Educating All Students Test

Effective April 30, 2014, students seeking the SBL certification must also complete the Educating All Students Test for certification. 

Candidates who apply for the SDL certification on or after May 1, 2015 must also complete the Educating All Students Test for certification. For future reference, the TEACH website may be accessed at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/  


Required Workshops

All EDL and SDBL students must be fingerprinted and must also complete certification workshops in:

  • Child Abuse
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) 
  • School Violence (Project Save)

See Certification and Licensing Workshops for details and schedules.