Certification Support

Teacher Working With a Child

Registrar Support for Recommendations

If you are a prospective recipient of a New York State teaching certification (including administrative/school leadership and pupil personnel services professionals) you will apply through the New York State Education Department (NYSED) using the TEACH System.

TEACH Application, Worskhops and Program Codes

  1. Each student pursuing teacher certification must complete the TEACH authorization form, so we may provide required data to the New York State Education Department.

  2. You will need to create a TEACH account and apply online for your certification.  You do not need to wait to complete all of the certification tests before applying. Instructions for creating a TEACH account can be found on the TEACH system site.

  3. You will receive program codes and other important TEACH instructions (called a "Student Information Sheet" or SIS) from the Registrar's Office, as you prepare to have your degree conferred.  Please retain this document for future reference.  The code and instructions will be needed to apply for future certificates, including professional certificate.

    All students must apply for degree conferral using myRedDragon: 

    • Undergraduate Students: Using myRedDragon, undergraduate students will apply for degree conferral, and then be able to immediately access the program code(s), instructions, dates of attendance, program title, and other important information needed to apply for a certificate. 

      Instructions for Undergraduates and Undergraduate Alumni

    • Graduate Students: Graduate students will be sent instructions and the program code(s) via their Cortland email address after they have submitted the TEACH authorization form.  Even if you have completed an undergraduate form, you must complete one for the graduate level.

      Instructions for Graduate Students and Graduate Alumni

  4. After you have been awarded your degree in a registered program, the SUNY Cortland Registrar's Office will recommend you to the New York State Education Department for the teaching certificate.

  5. In order to graduate from a teacher certification program, students are currently required to complete all 3 mandated NYSED workshops. NYSED will add these to your TEACH account with an effective date that matches our certification. Once you have applied for certification and the institution has made a recommendation, it signals NYSED to review the application process.

Information for Alumni

If you are a former Cortland teacher certification student who is seeking professional certification, or pursuing an additional certificate elsewhere, you may need to obtain the program code associated with your program at Cortland.  

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