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The teacher certification office provides guidance to candidates who are completing or have completed a Lehman College Teacher or Leader or Counselor preparation program that is designed to lead towards New York State certification. Upon official completion of a specific educator program and meeting Lehman College’s certification requirements, the candidate would be eligible for a college recommendation using a program code, which is supplied by our office. Before students complete their Teacher or Leader or Counselor program at Lehman, they must create a New York State TEACH Online Services account and submit an application & fee payment online for their certificates using the program code. New York State certification is the primary credential needed to teach anywhere in New York State including New York City.

At Lehman College, every degree and certificate program has different requirements and each individual student has his/her own specific requirements based on how much is already met/not met. It is important to check in with the Certification Officer in addition to your own program advisor! You must review and confirm your specific certification requirements once you are enrolled in an education program at Lehman.  

News & Announcements

Attention: Elimination of the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) for Teacher Certification Effective March 14, 2017. See details below!

Attention: Lehman College Students and Alumni - Employment of Certified Individuals with Expired Certificates 

  • A certified individual may continue to be employed after his/her certificate has expired.
  • The applicant must have applied and paid for their next level certificate application.
  • The employer may verify submission or an application and the required documents in TEACH while approval by New York State Education Department -Office of Teaching Initiative is pending.

For additional information on the following areas (PDF):

  • Re-issuance of an expired Initial Classroom Teaching Certificate
  • Initial Classroom Teacher Certificates
  • Provisional Renewals - Pupil Personnel Service
  • Time Extension of a Certificate

First time extension to a certificate—up to two years:

  • Additional time extension to a certificate—up to an additional year
  • Citizenship Exception
  • Military Exception

Elimination of the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) for Teacher Certification Effective March 14, 2017

Letter from John L D'Agati dated March 30, 2017:
The Board of Regents adopted a proposed amendment to eliminate the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) for teacher certification at its March 2017 meeting. The amendment was submitted as an emergency action, thereby eliminating the requirement of the ALST for certification effective March 14, 2017.

Following the 45-day public comment period, it is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be adopted as a permanent rule at the July 2017 Board of Regents meeting and will become effective August 2, 2017. The full text of the proposed amendment is available online at

Please inform all teacher candidates, faculty, and staff that the ALST is no longer required for teacher certification and candidates should not enroll in preparation courses for it. Candidates who registered for the exam, but have not taken it, were notified by NYSTCE that their registrations had been cancelled and that they would receive a refund.

In lieu of the ALST, the Department will modify the Educating All Students (EAS) test so that it assesses literacy skills in addition to candidates’ ability to teach a diverse population. As a result, the Department is extending the safety net for the EAS until the revised EAS becomes operational.

Candidates that applied for certification and were not certified prior to the elimination of the ALST and need the ALST requirement exempted will need to email to request the ALST to be exempted.

New registration and continuing teacher and leader education (CTLE) requirements:

New requirements or classroom teachers and school leaders holding a Permanent or Professional certificate, and Teaching Assistant Level III certificate holders effective July 1, 2016 (updated 03/30/2016) 

The Board of Regents, at its March 2016 meeting adopted a new Subpart 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to implement Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2015 relating to the registration process for any holder of a certificate that is valid for life (Permanent, Professional and Teaching Assistant Level III) and the establishment of continuing teacher and leader education (CTLE) requirements for Professional and Teaching Assistant Level III Certificate Holders

  • Visit this link for more information
  • If you have any questions regarding the new registration requirements please email NYSED at

Any candidate under the safety net(s) must have a paid application on their TEACH account on or before June 30,2017. Contact Ruth Jordan or Vanessa Jones if you need a program code to apply.

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New York State has initiated a number of safety nets for certification exams. The Lehman College Certification Office provides expertise in helping candidates understand his/her personal requirements. We strongly encourage all candidates to visit the Certification Office before or during their first semester to understand the safety nets regulations! Although the NYSED website offers details for candidates to explore independently, each student will need different guidance! Do not make any assumptions about the Safety Nets and the requirements until you meet with our School of Education Certification Officer. Lehman College Certification Office

For information about all Safety Nets and Safety Net Deadline Chart visit New York State Office of Teaching Initiative at

Candidates under a safety net must have a paid application on file, even if you are not ready to be certified.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Certification Office for assistance. 

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Exam Prep & Support > Blackboard Organization: School of Education Student Modules

The School of Education and CUNY have created a number of certification exam preparation online resources for current candidates (enrolled in education courses) that can be accessed from your Bb account. Lehman alumni or other CUNY education students can self enroll. Please see how to find the resources in the "Exams - Prep & Support" section of our website.

Lehman Library Resources

Use the tabs to look for Library Certification page resources to help you prepare for the CST, EAS and the ALST exams. These resources will be updated as new materials are sent to the library.