New York State Certification

Initial Certification Requirements for NYS

Initial Certification Requirements for New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (NY State Education Department does not require United States citizenship or permanent resident status for the initial certificate. Citizenship or permanent residency is required for permanent or professional certification.)

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Science (CDS), through its Competency Based Teacher Education Proposal, approved by the State Education Department, provides initial teacher certification at the Master’s degree level only. Undergraduate students are not precluded from beginning to work toward fulfilling initial certification by taking specified courses at the undergraduate level. The following outline of courses, recommended to meet the requirement of 12 credits of teaching/pedagogy courses, contains both undergraduate and graduate offerings. Equivalent transfer courses will be considered by the department through completion of a course waiver form accompanied by a course description and a transcript. The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is only able to process applications for Initial Certification for New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities for graduate students who have completed a major portion of the requirements within the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

Academic Requirements

1. MA Degree
Completion of degree requirements including 24 credits (cr.) in speech and hearing development, basic science and disorders
2. 12 credits in teaching/pedagogy courses covering learning, child development and teaching methods

a. Two courses in CDS
CDS 482/483: Diagnostics in Communicative Disorders (4 cr.)
CDS 485/580: Speech Pathology in the Schools (3 cr.)

b. Two courses outside CDS at the undergraduate or graduate levels
Undergraduate level (3 cr. each course)
CEP 400: Educational Psychology
ELP 405: Sociology of Education
LAI 205 / SSC 208: Introduction to Child Development and Learning
PSY 336: Developmental Psychology
Graduate level (3 cr. each course)
CEP 501: Psychological Foundations of Education
CEP 560: Psychology of Learning and Instruction
ELP 585: Sociological Bases of Education

Clinical Requirements

Minimum of 150 clock hours of supervised practicum experience in child speech and language disorders within the University at Buffalo Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic through registration in CDS 595 and CDS 596 and an educational setting approved by the New York State Education Department through registration in CDS 624 SCH: Communication Internship (6 cr.)

New York State Requirements

New York State Teacher Certification Exam Requirement

Successful completion of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) which includes passing the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST). The NYSTCE are separate from the Praxis Series Specialty Exam (ASHA exam) which is required for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Teacher candidates should register for the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) online at www.nystce.nesinc.com. The current Registration Bulletin is also available on this Web site. It is necessary to apply to take the tests by the registration closing dates specified in the NYSTCE Registration Bulletin which may be obtained at the Web site address listed above.

Child Abuse Identification Training Requirement

Documentation of completion of two hours of training/coursework in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse. Recommended workshop: http://www.childabuseworkshop.com/

Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Training Requirement

Documentation of completion of two hours of training/coursework in safe schools against violence in education. Recommended workshop: http://www.violenceworkshop.com/

Workshop in Autism

Completion of a two-hour workshop in Autism.

Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention Requirement

Documentation of completion of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) - the six hour course is offered through the Graduate School of Education. Details about the course, registration and the cost are available at: gse.buffalo.edu/alberticenter/dignity.

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Certification Application Process

Complete and submit the online application found on the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Teaching Initiatives web site: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach. No paper applications will be accepted by the NYSED. Use the State registered, approved program of preparation and the University's recommendation pathway.

After submission of the online application, complete and submit the CDS Checklist for Requirements for NYS initial certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Langue Disabilities. Attach photocopies of the required documentation (NYSTCE score, Child Abuse Identification Training, Safe Schools Against Violence in Education, Dignity for All Students) to the checklist and submit to the CDS Department office located in 122 Cary Hall. The applicant’s signature on the checklist will authorize the CDS Department to release information to NYSED.

Program Code/Name: 03843 – Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Certificate Title and Type: Speech and Language Disabilities – Initial Certificate

Upon submission of the online application and receipt of the checklist and required documentation in the CDS Department, the CDS Teacher Certification Officer will prepare the final audit of all teacher certification requirements and approve the online application.

 

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