Teacher Professional Development in New York


New York State Education Department website on professional development for certificate holders.

Proposed New York State Professional Development Standards


In November 2007, The State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching proposed that New York adopt state standards in professional development. The State Education Department released a draft titled Proposed New York State Professional Development Standards, for which they are soliciting comments until January 15, 2008. The purpose of the standards will be “to define effective professional development and support the implementation of professional development programs throughout the State.” (This information was obtained here.)

For more information on the process of developing the standards draft, see the website on developing the standards. The draft document recommends nine standards for high-quality professional development.


Types of Certificates and Licenses

(The following information was quoted from the website on types of certificates and licenses.)

Initial Certificate
The entry-level certificate for classroom teachers, issued in specific subject/grade titles, and the entry-level certificate for School Building Leader (SBL). Valid for 5 years. Leads to: Professional Certificate

Professional Certificate

The advanced-level certificate for classroom teachers (issued in specific subject/grade titles) and School Building Leaders. Continuously valid with completion of required professional development hours on a five-year professional development cycle.

Provisional Certificate
The entry-level certificate for pupil personnel professionals, issued in specific subject/grade titles. Valid for 5 years. Leads to: Permanent Certificate


Permanent Certificate

The advanced-level certificate for pupil personnel professionals. The Permanent certificate also remains the advanced-level certificate for classroom teachers and school administrators who hold a valid Provisional certificate. Valid for life, unless revoked for cause by the New York State Education Department.

Requirements for Permanent Certificate, Music

Following are all possible pathways available to receive the permanent certificate in music:

Pathway: Approved Teacher Preparation Program
Requirements:
  • Hold a Valid Provisional Certificate - Music
  • Completion of a NYS Registered Program - Music
  • Institutional Recommendation - Music
  • New York State Teacher Certification Exam - Liberal Arts & Science Test (LAST)
  • New York State Teacher Certification Exam - Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W)
  • Paid, full-time Classroom Teaching experience - 2 Yrs
  • Fingerprint Clearance
  • Citizenship Status - INS Permanent Residence or U.S. Citizenship

Pathway: Certificate Progression
Requirements:
  • Hold a Valid Provisional Certificate - Music
  • Additional Education - Master's Degree
  • Paid, full-time Classroom Teaching experience - 2 Yrs
  • Workshop - Child Abuse Identification
  • Workshop - School Violence Intervention and Prevention
  • Fingerprint Clearance
  • Citizenship Status - INS Permanent Residence or U.S. Citizenship

New York State Statement of Professional Development Plan

Superintendents each year must certify that their districts or BOCES have complied with their professional development plans for the current year and that they have professional development plans in place for the upcoming year. (Directly quoted from the website for the Office of Planning and Professional Development.)

A Framework For Professional Development

The state has developed a document “to help focus attention and support for the quality of teaching in the classroom, by explaining the characteristics of knowledgeable and effective teachers and providing a measurement tool for assessing the system for professional development programs to accomplish the improvement of classroom teaching.” (Quoted from the website on //A Framework for Professional Development//.)


175 and 75-Hour Professional Development Requirement


Maintaining Your Certificate - Professional Certificate Holders

New York State requires holders of professional teaching certificates who are employed in a public school to complete 175 hours of professional development every five years. If not employed in a public school, the certificate holder must complete professional development every five years, however, the 175 hours every 5 years is reduced by 10% for every year of the professional development period during which the teacher is not employed in a public school. Prior approval from the employing school district must be obtained. (From the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives website on maintaining certificates.)


Maintaining Your Certificate - Teaching Assistant Level III Certificate Holders
If employed in a public school for 90 or more days of any school year in a professional development cycle, teaching assistants must complete 75 hours of professional development every five years. If not employed in a public school for 90 or more days of any given school year of the professional development cycle and the teaching assistant works in a non-public school, special education preschool, or Head Start program, they must complete professional development every five years. However, the hourly obligation of 75 hours every 5 years is reduced by 10% for every year of the professional development cycle during which the teaching assistant is not employed in a public school. Prior approval from the employing school district must be obtained. (From the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives website.)

School District - Roles and Responsibilities

Districts are required to plan and provide “appropriate professional development for Professional and Level III teaching assistant certificate holders in district professional development plans. The district must also maintain the “record of professional development completed by regularly employed individuals subject to the professional development requirement and who participate in district-sponsored professional development, and must verify “with the certificate holder and reports annually to the Office of Teaching Initiatives, completion of professional development by all regularly employed certificate holders who are subject the professional development requirement for certification. It is recommended that the district consult with the certificate holder and jointly consider and approve activities, events, and coursework identified by the certificate holder to be completed each school year. This includes professional development completed by the certificate holder that is not district-sponsored, for example, a graduate course related to the teacher’s certificate area.” (From the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives website on school district roles and responsibilities.)


Mentoring Requirement for Certification

New York State requires that “holders of the Initial and Conditional Initial certificate must receive mentoring in their first year of teaching or school leadership in a public school district. Certificate holders who have had at least two years of teaching prior to receiving the Initial certificate are exempt from this requirement.” (From the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives website on mentoring requirments.)

For more information on New York State Teaching License Renewal, see the website of the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives or the NYSED website.

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