Mandated Workshops for All School Professionals

These workshops are a required component of your program and must be verified by the Certification Officer. Recommendations for New York State certification are entered after verification of your workshops and after your graduation has been confirmed by the registrar. You only need to complete each of these workshops once; they do not expire.

  1. Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse
  2. School Violence Prevention
  3. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop on training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. This is required for all school professionals completing state-registered programs  leading to certification or applications for certification on or after December 31, 2013. Refer to the the information posted at the Office of Teaching Initiatives DASA page.  
  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 September 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 at Specialized Programs at Brooklyn College, phone 718.951.5448, e-mail. Registration forms:

You can also complete the workshops by choosing from the following providers: 

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

  • If you are completing a program leading to certification:

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 New York State Department of Education 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, or if your workshops are posted on your TEACH account, we do not need to verify your workshops again.

The DASA workshop, however, does require verification by the certification officer if you completed your State-registered program (bachelor's, master's, or advanced certificate programs found in the student information sheet) leading to certification before December 31, 2013, and do not have a recommendation for certification, and you are applying for certification on or after December 31, 2013, and if the workshop is not posted on your TEACH account already.  

  • If you are not completing a program leading to certification:

If you are completing requirements for additional certification that is not related to a State-registered program(bachelor's, master's, or advanced certificate programs found in the student information sheet) leading to certification, and if your workshop certificates are not posted on your TEACH account, you will need to mail copies of the workshop certificates of completion to: Office of Teaching Initiatives, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, 5N EB, Albany, NY 12234. Photocopies are acceptable. Keep copies in your files.