Barbara Meskill, Senior Manager
(516) 396-2368 (Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m)
The Regional Certification Office is located at:
Nassau BOCES Administrative Center
71 Clinton Road
Garden City, NY 11530
The Nassau BOCES Office of Regional Certification is authorized by the New York State Education Department
Office of Teaching to evaluate and recommend certification for areas related to professional services. Professional
employees referred by participating districts and Nassau County residents receive responses to questions
concerning certification status. The Regional Certification Office assists and advises school districts on issues related to the employment of non-certified teachers. Information concerning changes in certification regulations is disseminated to participating school districts.
Workshops can be presented in local school districts upon request.
Please be aware that much of the information requested by those who contact the Regional Certification Office is available on the web here.
The New York State Education Department and the BOCES Regional Certification Offices will NOT provide informal evaluations.
TEACH Online Services is the NY State Education Department online application and database system. Users
must apply for teacher certification and fingerprint clearance through NYSED TEACH Online. Teachers will be able to
pay application fees, check status of certificate applications and fingerprint clearance status. If you live or work in
Nassau County you can select the Nassau BOCES Regional Certification Office to process your on-line application.
All official transcripts will need to be submitted to the Nassau BOCES Regional Certification Office.
To view the status of your application log into your TEACH account. Select documents you sent to review when
the NYS office received your documents. If your certification has not been awarded the following remarks may appear by your application:
• "automated evaluation" this means that your file has not yet been reviewed by an evaluator.
• "manual evaluation" provides a list of met/unmet requirementsSearch for Certification Requirements is an online search tool that allows you to identify the specific requirements
you must meet for any given certificate.
• Recent graduate in a teacher certification degree program, from a college/university, select "teacher
• If you hold a valid NYS certification and you wish to hold another certificate then select the "Individual
• First time NYS certification applicant should choose the pathway for the Individual Evaluation.
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
Schedules, registration information, preparation guides, and much more can be found on the NYSTCE website.
Office of Teaching provides information pertaining to Teaching in NY, certification and Fingerprinting.
"Frequently Asked Questions and Answers" (FAQ) document offers guidance in professional development, mentoring,
Professional certification requirements and more. Select Coursework to Satisfy Unmet Requirements to review
the courses needed to meet certification requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are considering distance learning programs, please seek verification from the college that your
course work would count toward a degree in the subject of the course.
NOTE: To be awarded a NY State Certification, all applicants must be fingerprinted and cleared by NY State. For more
information regarding Fingerprinting go to the NYS OSPRA website.
Required courses include:
Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse
School Violence Prevention and Intervention
NYSED Mandated Training in the Needs of Children with Autism
Beginning Jan 1, 2014, the NYSED has added a new requirement:
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop