We’re here to help you achieve a fulfilling career in education. The Office of Certification and Student Records has the responsibility of clearing teacher candidates for student teaching, graduation, and New York State certification, as well as maintaining student records.

Teacher Certification

We’re a resource for students, faculty and staff regarding certification information related to Adelphi University’s NYS approved teacher, administrative and pupil personnel preparation programs. Our goal is to provide access to updated information about NYS certification requirements, regulations and related topics.

We verify program completion for Adelphi University graduates and provide support throughout the NYS teacher certification process. We also assist candidates who are interested in applying for out-of-state certification.

The following NYS Teacher Certification information is available to current students in the College of Education and Health Sciences:

  • Application Process: Detailed information and step-by-step instructions for applying for certification, including instructions for expedited processing.
  • Exam Requirements and Safety Nets: Overview of requirements and processes for taking the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and edTPA.
  • Mandated Workshops: Workshops on Child Abuse, Violence Prevention, DASA, and Autism that are required for certification.
  • Fingerprinting


Licensure and Certification Types

Many students achieve one or more NYS Teaching Certifications. Learn more about each type below. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for all certificates and licenses.

The entry-level certificate for classroom teachers, issued in specific subject or grade titles, and the entry-level certificate for School Building Leader (SBL). Leads to a Professional Certificate.

The advanced-level certificate for classroom teachers (issued in specific subject or grade titles) and School Building Leaders.

The advanced-level certificate for pupil personnel professionals. The Permanent Certificate also remains the advanced-level certificate for classroom teachers and school administrators who hold a valid Provisional Certificate.

Certificate attached to a regular base certificate, authorizing the holder to teach an additional student population, grade, or subject not authorized by the base certificate. Extensions are not freestanding; they may be attached to multiple base certificates.

First-level certificate for classroom teachers, issued to individuals who hold a teaching certificate in the same or equivalent title from a state party to the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, but who have not yet met the NYS testing requirement. The certificate holder has up to two years to meet the testing requirements to qualify for an Initial Certificate. Leads to Initial Certificate.

This certification allows students to teach Health classes to grades K-12. Received upon completion of the master’s degree and passing all state tests.

This certification allows students to teach Physical Education classes to grades K-12. Received upon completion of the master’s degree and passing all state tests.

This advanced certificate program is designed to give students who have already attained a master’s degree in health studies or related fields the opportunity to specialize in community health promotion.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the nation’s leading professional, credentialing, and scientific organization for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

ASHA certification means holding the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field of audiology (CCC-A) or speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP).

A New York State license allows you to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in New York.

The courses necessary for the Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certification are incorporated into the requirements for the MS in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology.

An optional bilingual extension to the TSSLD is also available.

Student Records for Education Programs

We maintain student records and also support teacher candidates throughout matriculation in the University’s preparation programs and assists with alumni inquiries.

Please contact the Office of Certification and Student Records if you need assistance with the following:

  • Salary differential requests
  • Pending letters for employment
  • Resources for NYSTCE exams
  • General inquiries regarding graduation and/or your certification status
Office of Certification and Student Records
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Harvey Hall, Rooms 117
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