Mandated Workshops for All School Professionals

These workshops must be posted on your TEACH account as listed below or the Certification Officer must verify their completion before entering your recommendation for New York State teacher certification. You only need to complete each of these once; they do not expire.

  1. Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse
  2. School Violence Prevention
  3. New workshop: All school professionals applying for a New York State teaching certificate or license on or after Dec. 30, 2013, are required to complete the new Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop on training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. Refer to the the information posted at the Office of Teaching Initiatives.  
  4. Needs of Students with Autism. This workshop is required for New York State Certification only if you are applying for:
  • certification to teach speech-language pathology and have not completed course SPE 7317 or 7319, or
  • certification to teach students with disabilities or speech and language disabilities and you completed a program before Sept. 1, 2009, or 
  • additional certification to teach students with disabilities and you are not in a bachelor's or master's program leading to certification to teach students with disabilities.

If you must complete your workshops, you can complete them as follows:

Online Information

If Your Workshop Certificates Are Not Posted on Your TEACH Account: 

Option A

Mail copies of the certificates of completion to:

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

Keep copies in your files. This step is optional because the workshops are a required component of your program.

Option B

Fax, e-mail or mail copies of your workshops certificates to the certification officer or hand deliver them during certification office hours. Do not send documents with your full Social Security number; just send the last four digits. These workshops will not be posted on your TEACH account unless you send them to the Office of Teaching Initiatives; the college recommendation for certification will attest that they were completed. They are a required component of your program. Keep your certificates in your files in case they are ever asked for in the future. If you have previous college recommendations for certification, you not need to let us verify your Identification of Child Abuse and School Violence Prevention certificates again. The DASA workshop, however, does require verification. See below. 

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop, training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination 

Alumni: if you already have your college recommendation for NY State certification, send a copy of the Certificate of Completion to the Office of Teaching Initiatives at the address above.

If you are enrolled in the School of Education, you may fax, e-mail or mail copies of your workshops certificate to the certification officer or hand deliver it during certification office hours. Do not send it with your full Social Security number; just send the last four digits. This workshop will not be posted on your TEACH account automatically, you will need to also send a copy of the Certificate of Completion to the Office of Teaching Initiatives at the address above.