Requirements for Graduation and Teacher Certification (MS Students)

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Title Activity Recommended Date to Complete
NYSTCE Pass all NYS exams: LAST, ATS-W, CST—Multi-Subjects (Elem. Ed.); CST—content area (Adol. Ed.); CST—Literacy (Literacy); CST—Students with Disabilities (Special Ed.) See New York State Teacher Certification Examinations LAST- 1 semester
ATSW-late 1st semester, early 2nd
CST-2nd semester or early 3rd
Comprehensive Examination for Adolescent Students Adolescent education students are required to write and pass examination in order to complete their program successfully. Program director will notify student cohorts to inform them of specific exam dates, times, and locations. Semester Start / Exams
Start: Fall Weekday and Summer Weekend   Exams: January intercession or March interim week (ST’s)
Start: Spring Weekend, Summer Weekday, and Fall Weekend   Exams: August intercession or October interim week (ST’s) (Fall Weekend—4th sem.)
Fingerprinting Requirement for NYS certification. Fingerprinting appointment available at Amherst Campus, room 133, or Buffalo Campus, 77 Humboldt, or local Police Station. Fee varies .
See Guidelines for Certification or multi-media tutorial
1st semester
Fingerprinting Application Complete an online fingerprinting application with the NYS TEACH System.
Approx $94 fee.
1st semester
NY Teaching Application Create a teaching application with the NYS TEACH System. This is your TEACH account. Approx $50 fee.
Application guidelines are available: Guidelines for Certification or the multi-media tutorial. Choose initial certification. Choose Childhood Education. Codes: childhood education—30681; adolescence education—32335; literacy—26153; advanced certificate (Literacy)—33087; special education—32987; advanced certificate (Special Education)—33490
2nd semester
Credential File It is highly recommended that all education students establish a credential file with the Office of Career Planning. See more information on credential files (what they are, how/when to set up, etc.) PDF Last semester of attendance
Coursework All required coursework has been completed. Last semester of attendance
Transcripts All official transcripts for outstanding liberal arts and sciences courses should be express mailed and received by the Registrar’s Office no later than the conferral date (May 31, June 30, Aug. 31, or Dec. 31) or conferral will be delayed. Last semester of attendance
Holds No college holds on any account Last semester of attendance
Graduation Fee Apply online for graduation—contact the Registrar’s Office. (You must apply to graduate to receive your diploma and be certified to teach—whether or not you attend the ceremony.)
Pay graduation fee (approx. $50) to Business Office
Last semester of attendance
Recommendation Form Submit a Medaille College Recommendation Form for a New York State Teaching Certificate PDF to the OSTC.
[Must include student ID number and SSI/SSN on form.]
Last semester of attendance
OCT (for Canadian students only) Submit hard copy application for an OCT teaching certificate. NOTE: Once NYS certifies you, print the Issued screen from your TEACH account and send to OCT. Last semester of attendance
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