COVID-19

Information and Updates for the Iona Community on Coronavirus

Certification & Workshops

Iona College education programs prepare graduates to apply for initial teaching certification in New York State following conferral of their degree. In addition to degree conferral, this application process for certification requires the following additional steps:

Creation and maintenance of an updated TEACH Account and documentation of fingerprinting as described on the Application and Planning page.

Request for Certification Recommendation

Upon completion of your program, request formal recommendation for certification by completing the Request for Certification Recommendation form.

Following receipt of your completed form, your Program Certification Officer will contact you to review the remaining steps in this application process.

Upon issuance, initial teaching certificates are valid for 5 years. During this time, it is the certificate holder’s responsibility to complete all requirements needed to apply for professional certification using the Certification Progression Pathway. In the event that your initial certificate expires, you may apply for a reissuance once for 5 years.

Pending Certification and Employment

If you are applying for a for a teaching job, but your certification is still pending, the Department Chair or Certification Officer can send you a letter stating that you’re in good standing and/or that your certification is pending that you can share with potential employers.

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.

Required Exams for All Iona College Initial Certification Programs

  • Educating All Students Test (EAS) 201
  • edTPA in your certification area
  • Content Specialty Test (CST) in certification area associated with program completed:
  • 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

Science CSTs. Through November 10, 2020, candidates may take either:

  • the current Biology (160) , Chemistry (161) , Earth Science (162) , or Physics (163) CST (revised test), OR
  • the Safety Net Biology (006) , Safety Net Chemistry (007) , Safety Net Earth Science (008) , or Safety Net Physics (009) CST (predecessor test).

Following November 10, 2020, candidates must take the revised test in their content area.

  • English Language Arts: (003)
  • Mathematics: (004)
  • Social Studies: (115)
  • Spanish: (129)

MSEd in Childhood Literacy, Birth - Grade 6

  • Literacy CST (065)

MSEd in Childhood Literacy, Birth - Grade 6 and Special Education, Grades 1-6

  • Literacy (065)
  • Students with Disabilities (060)

MSEd in Adolescent Literacy, Grades 5-12 and Special Education, Grades 7-12

  • Literacy (065)
  • Students with Disabilities (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)

MSEd in Educational Leadership

School Building Leader Exam (This test is being revised and will be offered concurrently with the revised test during the safety net time period, which is to be determined. The revised test will be available starting April 2021.)

edTPA Safety Net for Certain Candidates Who Are Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis During the Spring 2020 through Summer 2021 Terms

Candidates who meet the following eligibility requirements for the edTPA safety net may pass an Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) (Elementary or Secondary) in lieu of passing the edTPA, provided that such ATS-W is taken by September 1, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements for the Safety Net

The following groups of candidates are eligible for the edTPA safety net. The 2020-2021 academic year includes the Fall 2020 through Summer 2021 terms.

New York State Candidates in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020. Candidates who complete a student teaching or similar clinical experience during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 terms while enrolled in a New York State educator preparation program (EPP) and are on a list submitted by the EPP dean or dean’s designee to the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI), verifying that they could not complete their edTPA submission as a result of the COVID-19 crisis during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 terms, are eligible for the edTPA safety net.

New York State Candidates During the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Candidates who complete a student teaching or similar clinical experience during the 2020-2021 academic year while enrolled in a New York State educator preparation program (EPP) are eligible for the edTPA safety net. They must be on a list submitted by the EPP dean or dean’s designee to OTI verifying that they completed a student teaching or similar clinical experience during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Workshops

All students pursuing their initial teaching certification will need to complete the following workshops:

  • Child Abuse Identification (Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop)
  • School Violence Intervention and Prevention (SAVE)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Students completing a program leading to Students with Disabilities Certification will also need to complete a Needs of Students with Autism Workshop.

You can find access to these workshops online, through local BOCES offices and areas colleges. Iona offers these workshops once a semester. We have provided some links for your reference below. After completing your workshop, please follow the instructions provided for documenting these to your New York State TEACH account.

School Violence Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention, and Autism Workshops

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop

Iona College Education Programs lead to initial teaching certifications. Candidates looking to apply for professional certification in an area in which they obtained initial certification through an Iona College program should apply for professional certification in this area through the Certification Progression Pathway in the TEACH System:

  • Prior to applying, please ensure all needed requirements are documented in the TEACH system. To submit a copy of your transcript to New York State, please see the Iona Registrar website for instructions.
  • When applying for Professional Certification, select: “No, I have not completed, nor am I enrolled in, an Approved Teacher Preparation Program at a New York State College or University for this certificate and this type.”
  • If the system asks about “Interstate Reciprocity” select No, then select the Certification Progression Pathway.
  • Please be advised that if you try to apply using the codes for Initial Certification, your application will not be processed and you will need to reapply through the appropriate pathway described here.

Applying for Initial Reissuance of an Expired Certificate

Initial classroom teacher certificates which have expired may be reissued once for 5 years by completing the following requirements.

  • Experience: Individuals must have less than three years of acceptable experience and need to complete the Attestation of LESS Than 3 Years of Acceptable Classroom Teaching Experience to verify their eligibility for the Initial Reissuance to verify your eligibility for this certificate.
  • Examination: Individuals must take and pass the NYSTCE Content Specialty Test(s) in the area(s) required for the certificate sought, within one year (365 days) before and/or after the date of a paid application for the Initial Reissuance.
  • If the date of your Initial Reissuance application is on or after December 31, 2019: Individuals must complete, within one year (365 days) before and/or after applying for the Initial Reissuance, either:
    • 50 hours of acceptable Professional Learning (PL),
    • 50 hours of acceptable CTLE, or
    • A combination of acceptable PL and CTLE that adds up to 50 clock hours.
  • Please note that Professional Learning (PL) is not the same as Professional Development (PD). PL is any continuing education required under Subpart 80-6 of the Commissioner’s regulations (CTLE regulations) but is not necessarily offered by an approved CTLE sponsor.
    • Acceptable CTLE and PL is study in the content area of any certificate held or in pedagogy, including study in language acquisition addressing the needs of English language learners. It must be conducted through activities designed to improve the teacher's or leader’s pedagogical and/or leadership skills, targeted at improving student performance, including but not limited to formal CTLE activities. Such activities also promote the professionalization of teaching and educational leadership, as applicable, and are closely aligned to district goals for student performance.

To document meeting the CTLE, PD, and/or PL requirement, send CTLE, PD, and PL certificates to ctle@nysed.gov. See the Submitting Documents webpage for additional guidance. For more information on PD, PL, and CTLE for the Initial Reissuance, go to the Acceptable CTLE, PD, or PL for the Reissuance of an Initial Certificate webpage.