All teachers and teaching assistants must hold valid certification. It is your
professional responsibility to maintain your certification and be aware of its
expiration. The easiest way to keep track of your certification is through the
TEACH system. Click here to access the TEACH log in page.
The initial certificate is valid for 5 years. The five-year period should be used to
complete the following requirements for a professional certificate:
● Completion of an acceptable Graduate Degree
● 3 years of Verified Teaching Experience
● Participation in a Mentor Program
● Completion of the DASA workshop
If for any reason you cannot meet these requirements within the five years
window, you should apply for a time extension using the TEACH system. This
should be done, preferably, before the expiration of the initial certification.
Members who have already reached professional certification status must register
every 5 years and complete 100 CTLE hours. These hours are satisfied through
additional coursework beyond the award of a Master’s Degree, through
Professional Development and meetings throughout the school year.
Members who hold permanent certification are required to register every 5 years,
but are not required to complete CTLE hours.
If you have a certification question, you may find the answer on the NYSUT
website. There is an entire section dedicated to this topic. NYSUT also maintains
a certification department to help with issues and offers workshops and CTLE
Please know you can always call the VSTA office with any questions.