Alternative Certification Requirements
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Transitional B: you must have a bachelor’s degree with a major (30 semester hours) in the subject you wish to teach and usually a 3.0 GPA prior to enrolling in a Transitional B program.
Transitional C: you must have a graduate degree, complete a two-clock hour course on the identification of child abuse, and complete a two-clock hour course on school violence and prevention/intervention prior to entering a Transitional C program.
Transitional B and Transitional C: you must pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examination liberal arts and sciences test (LAST), and content specialty test(s) (CST) in your certification area prior to entering the program.
No prior teaching experience is required for enrollment into a Transitional B or Transitional C program. During the program, you will be working as a teacher and gaining experience while completing the educational requirements necessary for full certification.
Criminal History Background Check
Prior to issuance of a Transitional B or C certificate, you must complete a criminal history background check, which includes fingerprinting. The process is explained here. You must complete and sign the Authorization to Forward Criminal History to NYCBOE, the Authorization to Forward Criminal History to NYSED, and two fingerprint cards, which will be forwarded to the FBI for a federal background check. Fingerprinting can be performed for a fee at your local law enforcement agency.
You will then forward the completed fingerprint cards, fees, and forms to Fingerprint Processing, NYS Education Department, PO Box 7352, Albany, NY 12224.
The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will run your fingerprints. When these checks are cleared, your transitional certificate will be issued.
New York colleges and universities offering Transitional B programs are listed here.
Institutions offering Transitional C programs may be found here.
For more information on alternative teacher certification in New York, contact the New York State Education Department Office of Teaching Initiatives at 518-474-3901.