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Initial Certification

Students in our Teacher Preparation Programs are completing a New York State Approved Teacher Preparation Program. It is the candidate’s responsibility to be aware of all certification requirements and keep up-to-date with any changes.

In order to be certified in New York State, students must complete the following, in addition to all course and fieldwork requirements. Please note that all of these require you create a TEACH account through New York State. You are responsible for assuring all materials are received and accurately logged in your account.

Fingerprinting

All students will need to have their fingerprints taken and registered in their New York State TEACH account in order to attend field placements. See instructions on this process.

The Education Department asks students to print out the statement that their DCJS results have been received by TEACH. For undergraduates, this is required by start of sophomore year to sign up for Edu 250 in the spring semester. For graduate students, this needs to be done in the first term and prior to commencing fieldwork.

Workshops

  • Child Abuse Identification (Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect)
  • School Violence Intervention and Prevention (SAVE)
  • Dignity For All Students Act (DASA)
Students completing a program leading to Special Education Certification also need to complete a Needs of Students with Autism Workshop.
 
Student can access these workshops online, through local BOCES offices, and through area colleges. Iona offers DASA and SAVE workshops on campus once a semester. After completing your workshop, please follow the instructions provided for documenting these to your New York State TEACH account.

Exams

Please visit the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations website for the most recent information on exam requirements, safety net information and to register for exams.
 
Upon completing an exam, please print out a copy of your score report once it is available because there is only a limited time to access these scores.

All Initial Licenses:

Content Specialty Tests Needed for Iona College Programs

BS or MST in Childhood Education:
Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1–Grade 6) (221/222/245)
  • Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (221)
  • Part Two: Mathematics (222)
  • Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)
BS or MST in Childhood and Early Childhood Education:
Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1–Grade 6) (221/222/245) and Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth–Grade 2) (211/212/245)
  • Childhood Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (221)
  • Childhood Part Two: Mathematics (222)
  • Early Childhood Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (211)
  • Early Childhood Part Two: Mathematics (212)
  • Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)
MST in Childhood and Special Education:
Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1–Grade 6) (221/222/245) 
Students with Disabilities CST (060)
 
BA, BS or MST in Adolescent Content Areas:
  • Biology CST (006) (new exam anticipated Fall 2019)
  • Chemistry CST (007) (new exam anticipated Fall 2019)
  • English Language Arts (003)
  • Mathematics CST (004)
  • Social Studies: Redeveloped exam (115) or Safety Net (005) through June 30, 2019
  • Spanish: Redeveloped exam (129) or Safety Net (020) through June 30, 2019
 
MSEd in Childhood Literacy, Birth - Grade 6:
Literacy CST (065)
 
MSEd in Childhood Literacy, Birth - Grade 6 and Special Education, Grades 1-6:
Literacy CST (065)
Students with Disabilities CST (060)
 
MSEd in Adolescent Literacy, Grades 5-12 and Special Education, Grades 7-12:
Literacy CST (065)
Students with Disabilities CST (060)
Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12):
  • Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (241)
  • Part Two: Mathematics (242)
  • Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)