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First Time Certification


As of 9/4/18, it is again possible to apply for a first classroom classroom teaching certificate in any title via the Individual Evaluation Pathway! 

This is good news if you have never held a NYS classroom teaching certificate, or the only NYS classroom teaching certificate that you hold is an expired Certificate of Qualification (CQ), an expired Provisional Certificate, or an expired Initial Certificate (and you're not yet eligible for professional certification). This gives you the flexability to become certified without having to complete a NYS Teacher Certification Program (or an additional NYS Teacher Certification Program) - although sometimes that is still the best option.

If you would like more information regarding the Individual Evaluation Pathway for a first classroom teaching certificate, you may request a consultation appointment with the Erie 1 BOCES Regional Certification Officer (RCO) by completing and submitting the request that is located under "Currently Certified Teachers" - back one page. (Please note that there are a few certificate titles for which an RCO is unable to provide assistance.)