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Currently Certified Teachers

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: As of 9/1/16, all teaching experience for professional certification must be verified using this form: or with a Superintendent Statement from your employer in TEACH.


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 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. You may also choose to come in to our office for a consultation appointment, which will allow a block of time to address your questions in greater detail. The appointment request form is located below.

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. These applications are processed exculsively by NYSED. Prior to applying, it is suggested that you read the requirements carefully.

          Time Extension Info:

          Initial Reissuance Info


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Consultation Appointments

There is a $25 fee for a consultation appointment. This fee is non-refundable, and is payable in cash or money order only (no personal checks or credit cards). It also covers the BOCES processing fee for the first application submitted in TEACH within a year of the consultation appointment.

*Please Note: The only way to receive an official evaluation of your credentials is to apply in TEACH.

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