Applying for Additional Certification to Teach Students with Disabilities

Apply as Follows

  • Log in to your TEACH account
  • Verify and update your profile.
  • Select your certificate:

Students with Disabilities Early Childhood or Childhood Grades 1–6

  • Area of interest: Classroom teacher
  • Subject area: Early childhood or childhood grades 1–6
  • Grade level: Early childhood or childhood grades 1–6
  • Title: Students with disabilities
  • Select a type of certificate: If this is your first application for this program area, select initial certification. If you have three years of teaching experience, select professional certification.

Students with Disabilities Adolescent grades 7–12

You must apply and pay for two certifications so you can teach in your subject area of record. Refer to Special Education Certificate Titles and Teaching Assignment. Select both certificates as follows:

  • Area of interest: Classroom teacher
  • Select a subject area: Secondary education
  • Select a grade level: Adolescent grades 7–12
  • Select a title: Students with Disabilities — Grades 7–12 generalist
  • Select a type of certificate: If this is your first application for this program area, select initial certification. If you have three years of teaching experience, select professional certification.

Students with Disabilities Generalist grades 7–12 with Extension

  • Area of interest: Classroom teacher extensions
  • Select a Subject Area: English Language Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Social Studies, or Mathematics. See note below about other subject areas.
  • Select a grade Level: Adolescent 7–12
  • Select title: Students with Disabilities plus your subject area Grades 7–12: English Language Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Social Studies or Mathematics. See note below about other subject areas.
  • Certificate type: initial extension annotation (or professional extension annotation if you have three years paid teaching experience already and this is your first application for this certification area)

For All Applications

A program code is not needed and  a college recommendation is not needed. 

For "Educational Preparation for this application only," do not enter a program code. Instead select "B. No, I have not completed, nor am I enrolled in, an Approved Teacher Preparation Program at a New York State College or University for this certificate and type." This is because you are applying for certification in addition to your initial degree area. You should see choices for different pathways. Select "individual evaluation for additional teaching certificate" if this is your first certification in this area. Exception: Students with Disablitites Generalist with extension Adolescent grades 7–12 select "individual evaluation." If you have initial certification to teach students with disabilities, a master's in another area, and three years of teaching experience, select "certificate progression."

Write a cover letter explaining your request, and send the cover letter with your sealed transcript(s) and your workshop certificates (if they are not posted on your TEACH account) to:

New York State Education Department
Office of Teaching Initiatives, Room 5N-EB
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

You may opt to send these by certified mail, return receipt requested. Keep copies for yourself.

What's Next

Monitor your TEACH account, and check for any application evaluations that may be posted. Automated evaluations are posted when the computer has completed an evaluation. Manual evaluations are posted when your transcript and other documentation has been examined by an officer at the Office of Teaching Initiatives. Allow about three months for a manual review of your records.

Note:

For candidates who hold initial certification in art, music, physical education, Italian teacher, Spanish teacher, French teacher, speech language pathology or health or nutrition, you may need to complete more course work.