Certification & Licensure - Frequently asked questions Explore Certification & Licensure FAQs Workshops TEACH What is TEACH? The TEACH system is used to track certification requirements for those seeking or currently holding NYS certification in the areas of teaching, pupil personnel services and administration. NYSED provides a list of TEACH services on their website. Do I need a TEACH account? If so, how do I create one? Anyone wishing to obtain NYS certification in teaching, pupil personnel services (includes school counseling) and administration needs to establish a TEACH account. To self-register for a TEACH account visit NYSED’s Office of Teaching Initiatives.We suggest that students set up a TEACH account at the start of their program. Certification requirements such as workshops, fingerprinting and exams will be completed during your time at Warner and the providers will load completion to your TEACH account. Without it, the completion will not be recorded until a TEACH account is established, at which time you’d then need to reach out to the providers an additional time. I lost my TEACH account log in and/or username. How do I find out what they are? Visit Teach Online Services and select “Forgot your Username or Password?” Where can I get more information about TEACH? The TEACH website has a detailed list of frequently asked questions to assist you. Workshops How can I increase my financial aid? Contact the Financial Aid office to explore loan programs that meet your needs. Your financial aid package that was awarded upon admission to your program offers the latest scholarships that are available through Warner. Your employer, if you are working, may also have employee assistance programs for you to explore. How do I pay my bill? Pay your tuition and fees through UR Student. Choose Finances under your applications to view your balance, make payments and select a payment plan. On the right-hand side of the screen, choose View Account Activity to see a detailed statement or to download your invoice.. If you have questions about your bill or need additional assistance, contact the Bursars Office at 585.275.3931 or email@example.com. When is my bill due and can I make payments? Previous account charges become due on the 10th of each month. To avoid late fees and holds on delinquent accounts, pay your bill promptly or enter a payment plan agreement. Notifications will be sent via email to your home email address and can sometimes be categorized as spam. To avoid any late charges, log into UR Student to check your charges, even if you do not receive an email. To sign up for a payment plan, log into UR Student and look under Payments. You can choose the plan that allows for you charged in two installments. If you have additional activity that changes your balance, UR Student will recalculate your installments within a business day. Once a semester, you will have to sign up for a payment plan in UR Student after your charges have been assessed. What is the cost of tuition this year? Please review the Tuition, Fees and Refund schedule.The tuition rate generally increases by approximately 3-4 percent each year. My employer pays my bill but cannot pay it by the due date. What should I do? If your employer pays your tuition but cannot pay on time, contact the Bursars Office at 585.275.3931 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Is there an option to pay my bill via check or money order? If paying with a check or money order, make the check payable to the University of Rochester and include your Student ID on the check or money order to ensure correct processing. Mail your payment to:University of RochesterOffice of the Bursar330 Meliora HallPO Box 270037Rochester NY 14627 How can I get a receipt or proof of tuition payment? If you require a receipt or verification of tuition payment for reimbursement or other reasons, contact the Bursar's Office at (585) 275-3931. I'm an international student and need more aid. What options exist for me? The University always tries to accommodate student requests and needs but there are many things that factor into the decision. You should start by contacting the international student financial aid advisor in Financial Aid to review your situation and to explore the options available to assist you. I'm a University of Rochester employee. How do I receive tuition reimbursement? If you have questions regarding the University of Rochester employee tuition benefits process, contact the Office of Total Rewards. You should wait until one day after registration to apply for benefits, and you have to apply within 30 days of the course start date by logging into HRMS and navigating to Self Service > Benefits > Tuition > Apply Employee Tuition Waiver. I'm withdrawing from my classes. Can I get a refund? Refunds may be available but the amount depends on the date you withdraw from your class(es). Review the Tuition, Fees and Refund schedule. certification exams When should I take the state certification exams? We strongly recommend that classroom teaching candidates take the content specialty test (CST) before your first student teaching experience. The Educating All Students exam is also recommended to be taken prior to your first student teaching. Talk to your program advisor about specific timing. Administrative students should consult with their academic advisor about preparedness for exams and suggested timing. Which exams do I need to take? Consult the Certification Requirements page of the TEACH system to see which exams are required for the certification that you’re seeking. Note that each certificate may require a different set of exams so be sure to search the requirements for all subject areas. How do I register for state certification exams? Exams are administered by NYSTCE . For information on certification exams, including details about how to register for tests, finding test dates and sites, refer to their website. When/where are the exams offered? Exams are administered by NYSTCE . For information on certification exams, including details about how to register for tests, finding test dates and sites, refer to their website. I’m having trouble finding a time to schedule the exams. What do you suggest? There a few things that you can try: 1) expand the region that you’re willing to travel; 2) if you’re registering for an exam that has two parts (SBL1, SBL2 and SDL1, SDL2) search for each exam separately, rather than combining the times; that allows for a lesser amount of seat time; 3) keep in mind that you don’t have to do the multiple-part exams sequentially; you can do SDL2 before SDL1, as they don’t build on each other. Do I need to complete the state certification exams to obtain certification? Yes. All exams required for the certification that you’re seeking are required for NYS certification. Institutional Recommendation for NYS Certification What does the college recommendation mean? The Warner School recommendation (also referred to as “Institutional Recommendation” or “College Recommendation” on the TEACH site) means that we are certifying to NYS that you have completed all of the requirements for a NYS registered program and it is just one of the requirements for certification. When will the Warner School recommend me to NYS for certification? The Warner School submits the college recommendation to your TEACH account after all of the requirements for program completion are met.Students who have completed all program requirements and who need documentation before the degree/certificate becomes official can complete this form to request a confirmation letter: Degree/Certificate Confirmation Letter Request. The Warner School Registrar will send it to the email address provided, unless otherwise indicated. Are the workshops needed for recommendation? Yes. The workshops are part of the NYS-registered program and they need to be completed prior to program completion, in order for the college recommendation to be added to your TEACH account. Are the state exams needed for recommendation? No. The certification exams are not included in NYS-registered programs and are not required for institutional recommendation in TEACH. Does the college recommendation mean that my certification is complete? No. The college recommendation is just one of the requirements for certification. To view a list of certification requirements, consult the NYS certification requirements. You must also complete the application for certification in the TEACH system. I’ve had the college recommendation added to my TEACH account. Do I also need to submit a transcript? No. Be sure to choose the “NYS-approved program pathway” in the application process and that will allow the college recommendation to serve as confirmation of completion of the academic work and workshop required. Fingerprinting Who needs to be fingerprinted? Fingerprinting is a New York State requirement for certification applicants in teaching, counseling, and administration as well as anyone who is intending to work with children, either through ABA or LMHC licensure What is the procedure for fingerprinting? Fingerprinting is done through IdentoGO. Students will need to set up an account before scheduling an appointment. Consult the NYSED Fingerprinting Process from Start to Finish . A service code is required for registering for the fingerprinting process. You can find information about the service codes here. When should I get fingerprinted? Candidates that anticipate seeking NYS certification should complete the fingerprinting process as soon as possible. Fingerprinting may also be required prior to internship or student teaching placements. I have been fingerprinted before—do I need to do it again? If you have previously completed the fingerprinting process through the NYS Department of Education, you do not have to be fingerprinted again. How do I find out if I’ve had my fingerprinting completed before? That would depend on where you had fingerprinting completed. If you’ve had fingerprinting done through MorphoTrust, contact them directly at www.IdentoGo.com or 877-472-6915. If you completed the fingerprinting process elsewhere, you will need to contact that agency. How do the fingerprinting results get to my TEACH account? MorphoTrust transmits fingerprinting results directly to the TEACH system. How do I tell if my fingerprinting results have been loaded to my TEACH account? In the TEACH system, at the home page, choose “Fingerprinting” and then submit. If your fingerprints have been submitted to your TEACH account, you will see this message: “Your DCJS and FBI results have been received.” or “We have received your fingerprint information from NYC.” will appear if you had your fingerprinting completed by NYCDOE. Who do I contact if I have questions about my fingerprinting? Contact NYSED Fingerprint Helpdesk; email@example.com or call (518) 473-2998. Where can I learn more about fingerprinting? Review NYS frequently asked questions about fingerprinting. Applying for Certification How do I apply for certification? Apply for NYS certification through the TEACH system. For help on how to apply, consult the Instructions for Application. I applied using the wrong pathway, how do I get that fixed? Email the NY State Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a pathway change. You can also consult the Change Application Path page on the Office of Teaching Initiatives website. Can I apply for certification before my degree is conferred? You can begin the application process at any time, but certification will not be awarded until all of the requirements are met. College recommendation of program completion is just one of the requirements for certification. To view a list of certification requirements, consult the NYS certification requirements. Can I apply for certification before passing the exams? Yes. The exams are just one of the requirements for certification. You can begin the application process at any time, but certification will not be awarded until all of the requirements are met. To view a list of certification requirements, consult the NYS certification requirements. When applying for my certificate it asks for a program code. Where do I find that? Information about certification and licensure, including NYS program codes for the TEACH application process can be found on our website. I want to wait before applying for my certificate(s). Does that make a difference? It’s advisable to apply for certification upon program completion, but that’s up to each graduating student to decide. Changes to NYS certification requirements could have an impact on eligibility and it’s the candidate’s responsibility to determine what’s best. You may also want to consult the Types of Certificates and Licenses on the NYSED website, and research how long your particular certificate is valid, and if you’d be eligible for a (one-time) extension. How long does it take for my application to be evaluated and certification issued? The university does not evaluate applications for certification. To find out about questions such as timing, go to the Office of Teaching Initiatives website and select “Certification”. Certificate Issuance I am thinking about adding an additional certificate. How do I do that? For the university to recommend a student for certification in an additional subject area(s), they must be enrolled in program(s) related to the addition subject area(s). To add an additional certificate to your program, contact Warner admissions at email@example.com I am applying for a job and the application asks for a copy of my certificate. How do I get a copy of my certificate? NYS does not issue printed copies of time-limited certificates, such as initial, provisional or internship certification. If you wish to have a copy of a time-limited certificate, log into your TEACH account and select “I would like a printed certificate”. There will be a fee associated with this request.Alternately, you can log into your TEACH account and select “Account Information” and make a printed copy of this page. How do I know if my certificates have been issued? Log in to your TEACH Account. Click "TEACH Online Services” and select “Account Information”. Click on “Certificates” and click GO. The information displayed includes all of your certificate applications and all issued certificates. NYSED offers further information about Checking the Status of Your Application. Will I receive a copy of my issued certificates? NYS does not issue printed copies of time-limited certificates, such as initial, provisional or internship certification. If you wish to have a copy of a time-limited certificate, log into your TEACH account and select “I would like a printed certificate”. There will be a fee associated with this request.NYS automatically mails printed copies of professional and permanent certificates and mails them to the address listed in the TEACH account. For this reason, it’s important to keep your mailing address updated in your TEACH account. Miscellaneous I’m completing the mental health counseling program. Where do I find information about NYS licensure? The NYSED Office of the Professions provided information about NYS licensure for mental health practitioners.Students completing programs in mental health counseling are eligible to receive a limited permit to practice under supervision at a clinical site acceptable to the NYS Office of Professions. As part of the application for limited permit, you will need to submit Form 2 to the registrar, who will finish the form and submit the documentation to NYS. Form 2 can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can drop it off to the Warner Registrar, in LeChase 246. Where do I submit transcripts that are evidence for satisfying pre-requisites? Transcripts that are needed as evidence for satisfying program pre-requisites can be submitted to email@example.com. How do I request a transcript from the U of R? To order a transcript, go to https://www.rochester.edu/registrar/requests/transcripts.html ; scroll down to NSC Transcript Ordering Center to view options. For questions regarding degree conferral and transcripts contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that students completing NYS-registered programs do not typically have to submit a transcript to the TEACH system. The institutional recommendation serves as evidence of completion of the academic requirements. I’m really close to completing my program and want to apply for jobs but need confirmation from the university regarding program completion. Can I do that? Students having completed all program requirements who need documentation before the degree/certificate becomes official can complete this form to request a confirmation letter: Degree/Certificate Confirmation Letter Request. The Warner School Registrar will send it to the email address provided, unless otherwise indicated. I’m planning to move outside NYS after graduation. Where do I get information on becoming certified in another state? Check with the education department of the state where you intend to work. Send any documentation that needs to be completed by the university to email@example.com .