1 Graduate School of Psychology Applying Online for New York State School Psychology Certification A Guide for Touro College Graduates The New York State Education Department has eliminated paper applications for NY State School Psychology certification. Touro College no longer accepts and submits paper applications for NY State School Psychology certification. All Touro College graduates eligible for certification must apply online with the state in order to become certified. Included in this guide are step by step instructions on how our graduates can apply for certification via the internet. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Certification Officer, Kimberly Felix, or Linnette Ruiz. You can find Kimberly s and Linnette s contact information on the back of this guide.
2 Two Types of Certification: 1. Provisional Certification (fewer than two full years of fulltime working school psychology experience SEPT-JUNE). Internship does not count. A Provisional certificate is valid for 5 years and can be extended by applying for a provisional renewal for an additional 5 years of validity. After that you may apply for an extension of 1 year at a time. 2. Permanent Certification (at least two full years of full-time working pupil personnel experience, SEPT-JUNE). Internship does not count. First you must create a TEACH online account to apply for certification. Creating your TEACH ONLINE account: Step 1 Go to the NY State Education Department s website: Step 2 Click on the Step 3 sign to access the new online system. To create a user account, click on the Self-Registration link. This is located on the far right side of the screen in a purple rectangular shape. Step 4 Click the yellow and black CONTINUE arrow at the bottom right side of the screen 3 times until you come to a screen with a red STOP SIGN (in the middle of the page).
3 Step 5 At the bottom right corner of the screen with the red stop sign, a button that shows the words SELF REGISTER NOW will appear. Click this button. This will bring you to the page in which you enter your personal information (Name, Address, Date of Birth, Etc.). Enter all of your information. Once that is completed you are required to create a User ID. Next you must select one of the secret questions and provide an answer. After this you must confirm your answer. This is followed by entering the security code provided by the website in the appropriate box. When this is complete you must create a password followed by confirming your password. Then continue to click the CREATE ACCOUNT button. This will be followed by the website verifying that your information is correct. If it is correct, click the CONTINUE button followed by the OK button. Please keep in mind that your USERNAME and PASSWORD are case sensitive. Your TEACH account is now created. Applying for certification: Step 1 Go to the NY State Education Department s website: Step 2 Click on the TEACH button in the middle of the screen as you did earlier while creating your account to access the new online system. Step 3 Click on the LOGIN to TEACH link located in the same Purple rectangular shaped box as the self-registration link used earlier. Step 4 This will bring you to the login page. Proceed to login using your USERNAME and PASSWORD created earlier during your self-registration. Step 5 Click the Purple TEACH online services bar. After this, you are required to enter your Social Security Number. Then click submit. This will bring you to your TEACH home page. Here there will be several options. Under the online application option click on the blue link that says APPLY FOR CERTIFICATE.
4 Then click the NEXT button on the following page. This will bring you to a screen that says Verify/Update Profile. Step 6 Proceed by clicking the GRAY button on the bottom right of the screen that says EDIT EDUCATION INFORMATION. In the INSTITUTION TAB you will find that there are two choices for TOURO COLLEGE. One will be TOURO COLLEGE FLATBUSH and the other will read TOURO COLLEGE. Click the one that says TOURO COLLEGE. Next, you must enter your award title. All degrees at Touro College are MASTER S OF SCIENCE. Next, you will enter your PROGRAM CODE/Program of study. The program code for School Psychology is After entering your program code you must enter your MAJOR, here you will select the option that says PSYCHOLOGY. Next, you must enter your DATE DEGREE RECEIVED. Keep in mind that this is NOT the same date as the date that you walked for graduation. This Date is your Official Conferral Date of Graduation. To find out what your date of graduation is you may contact the registrar s office at ext Following the entering of your date degree received, you then must enter the dates on which you STARTED and ENDED your education program, and the number of credits in your program. The School Psychology program is 60 credits. After all of your education information is entered, click the gray ADD button followed by the grey DONE button. Step 7 Next you must enter your Employment Information You can enter your employment information by clicking on the GRAY button that says ENTER EMPLOYMENT INFO. Enter all of the required information and proceed to click the gray ADD button followed by the gray DONE button on the bottom right of the screen. Please proceed to click the gray NEXT button on the bottom right. Step 8 In step 8, you are actually going to apply for the certificate. In the AREA OF INTEREST section you will enter ADMINISTRATION and PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES. In the SUBJECT AREA you will enter PSYCHOLOGY. In the GRADE LEVEL section you will enter PRE-K-12 ALL GRADES. In the TITLE section you are going to enter SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST. In the SELECT CERTIFICATE section you are going to enter either PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE or PERMANENT CERTIFICATE. Once this information has been entered, click the GRAY ADD button. The next page will prompt you for the School Program Code. The
5 code for SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY IS Enter the code and press the SUBMIT button. Next click the radio button under the word SELECT and click the GRAY NEXT button at the bottom of the page. Step 9 The next screen will ask whether you would like your application reviewed by the State Education department or BOCES. Choose one and then press the NEXT button on the bottom right side of the page. Step 10 The next step is signing the affidavit. Please proceed to answer the questions that the website asks regarding your moral character determination. Once you complete answering the questions, please click the gray SIGN AFFIDAVIT button at the bottom right of the page. Step 11 On the next page, you confirm and sign the application. If all information is correct, please click on the SIGN APPLICATION BUTTON at the bottom of the page. Step 12 After you have completed your application for certification, you must contact either Kimberly Felix or Linnette Ruiz for your INSTITUTIONAL RECOMMENDATION to be entered on the NYSED system. Their contact information can be found on the last page of this booklet. The Institutional Recommendation is not entered automatically. It is the STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY to request the recommendation. Keep in mind, the institutional recommendation CANNOT be entered unless your graduation date is conferred in the TOURO COLLEGE system. This can take anywhere from 2 to 8 Weeks from the date of your graduation. The last thing that must be done is payment for your certificate applications. You can either pay for you certificates via credit card online or by sending a money order to the NYSED office that is given on the payment page. Reminder: All payments for certificates should be $50.
6 Requirements: For certain programs, there are specific requirements that must be met. For ALL programs, fingerprint clearance, the Child Abuse Workshop, the School Violence Prevention Workshop and Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention are required. Education Programs: For all General and Special Education Certificates, passing scores on the LAST, ATS-W, and CST Multi Subject are required. For Special Education Certificates, along with the 3 exams noted above, a 4 th exam, the CST- Students W/Disabilities, must be passed. Literacy: For literacy you are required to pass the CST-Literacy exam. TESOL: You are required to pass the ESOL exam. Bilingual Extension: You are required to pass the BEA- (language). Contacts: Linnette Ruiz: EXT: 5283 NY State Certification Office TEACH Helpline
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