To obtain your certification through the Erie 1 BOCES Regional Certification Office
, you must reside or teach in one of our component school districts or
the City of Buffalo.
Progression from Initial to Professional Certification:
- Initial Certification is valid for five years. Check your TEACH account for the exact expiration date of your initial certification.
- Within the five years, you must:
- obtain a Master's Degree (along with requirements for specific graduate coursework, in some cases)
- complete three years of teaching experience: 3 years = 540 days**
- be mentored (with some exceptions)
- have completed all required workshops
**If the effective date of your first initial certification was on/after 2/1/14, your teaching experience must be in the content/area/level of the certificate: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/pdf/experiencerequirements.pdf As of 9/1/16, all teaching experience for professional certification must be verified using this form: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/pdf/ot37permprof.pdf
Additional Areas of Certification:
If you currently hold a valid NYS Certification, and you are interested in obtaining an additional certification, please contact our office at (716) 821-7194 or email@example.com. If you e-mail our office and do not see a reply in your inbox, please check your spam folder. We will direct you to a TEACH feature which lists the requirements for all areas of certification, and we will provide guidance with the TEACH application process through our office.
Please Note: The only way to receive an official evaluation of your credentials from our office is to apply in TEACH and choose Erie 1 BOCES as your processor.
Time Extension / Initial Reissuance:
If you will not have the requirements completed for professional certification by the expiration date of your initial certification, you may need to apply for a time extension or a reissuance. Prior to applying, it is suggested that you read the requirements very carefully, especially for the reissuance. Caution... The reissuance requires that 75 hours of professional development be completed BEFORE the application is submitted in TEACH.
Time Extension Info: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/timeext.html
Initial Reissuance Info: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/reissue.html