top of page
  • Noele Villa, President

Certification: Don’t Put Your Job in Jeopardy!

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

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.

Recent Posts

See All

Your Sick Days are Worth Money!

Your sick days are worth money!!! How much depends on how many you have. Section 5.9 of our contract talks about "unused accumulated sick leave." According to this section of the contract it identifie

Section 5.21 Personal Files

We all may have multiple files maintained in various locations from the District Office to your Principal or Assistant Principal's office. VSTA strongly recommends that you occasionally check your fil

Section 5.7 Teacher Leave time and Absence

There are over 18 clearly defined reasons for teachers sick and personal days. Many individuals believe that personal days must be “requested.” The contract clearly states that the days “shall” be use


bottom of page