UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS AND SCIENCES
Initial Certification Requirements for
New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities
(NY State Education Department does not require United States citizenship or permanent resident status for the initial certificate. Citizenship or permanent residency is required for permanent or professional certification.)
The Department of Communicative Disorders and Science (CDS), through its Competency Based Teacher Education Proposal, approved by the State Education Department, provides initial teacher certification at the Master’s degree level only. As of September 1, 2008, the NY State Department of Education requires coursework or training in the needs of students with Autism. UB's registered teacher education program meets this requirement via CDS 563: Language Disorders in Children (Birth to 5) and CDS 565: Language Disorders in School Age Children. Undergraduate students are not precluded from beginning to work toward fulfilling initial certification by taking specified courses at the undergraduate level. The following outline of courses, recommended to meet the requirement of 12 credits of teaching/pedagogy courses, contains both undergraduate and graduate offerings. Equivalent transfer courses will be considered by the department through completion of a course waiver form accompanied by a course description and a transcript. The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is only able to process applications for Initial Certification for New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities for graduate students who have completed a major portion of the requirements within the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo.
1. M.A. Degree
Completion of degree requirements including 24 credits (cr.) in speech and hearing development, basic science and disorders
2. 12 credits in teaching/pedagogy courses covering learning, child development and teaching methods
a. Two courses in CDS
CDS 482/483: Diagnostics in Communicative Disorders (4 cr.)
CDS 485/580: Speech Pathology in the Schools (3 cr.)
b. Two courses outside CDS at the undergraduate or graduate levels (3 cr. each course). These courses may be taken as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (i.e., Pass/Fail).
CEP 400: Educational Psychology
ELP 405: Sociology of Education
LAI 205 / SSC 208: Introduction to Child Development and Learning
PSY 336: Developmental Psychology
Graduate level (3 cr. each course)
CEP 501: Psychological Foundations of Education
CEP 560: Psychology of Learning and Instruction
ELP 585: Sociological Bases of Education
Minimum of 150 clock hours of supervised practicum experience in child speech and language disorders within the University at Buffalo Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic through registration in CDS 595 and CDS 596 and an educational setting approved by the New York State Education Department through registration in CDS 624 SCH: Communication Internship (6 cr.)
New York State Teacher Certification Exam Requirement
Successful completion of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) which include the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and the Assessment of Teaching Skills–Written (ATS-W). Of the two ATS-W exams, either is acceptable. The NYSTCE which include the LAST and the ATS-W are separate from the Praxis Series Specialty Exam (ASHA exam) which is required for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
Teacher candidates should register for the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) online at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com. The current Registration Bulletin is also available on this Web site. It is necessary to apply to take the LAST and the ATS-W by the registration closing dates specified in the NYSTCE Registration Bulletin which may be obtained at the Web site address listed above.
Child Abuse Identification Training Requirement
Documentation of completion of two hours of training/coursework in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse. Recommended workshop: http://www.childabuseworkshop.com/
Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Training Requirement
Documentation of completion of two hours of training/coursework in safe schools against violence in education. Recommended workshop: http://www.violenceworkshop.com/
Certification Application Process
Complete and submit the online application found on the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Teaching Initiatives web site: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach. No paper applications will be accepted by the NYSED. Use the State registered, approved program of preparation and the University's recommendation pathway.
New York State law requires that the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability conduct fingerprint supported criminal history background checks for applicants for certification and all prospective employees of school districts, charter schools and BOCES. More information can be found on this website: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ospra/fpprocess.html. Fingerprinting is available by appointment at the University Police Station at Bissell Hall in North Campus (645-2227).
After submission of the online application, complete and submit the CDS Checklist for Requirements for NYS initial certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Langue Disabilities. Attach photocopies of the required documentation (NYSTCE score, Child Abuse Identification Training, and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education) to the checklist and submit to the CDS Department office located in 122 Cary Hall. The applicant’s signature on the checklist will authorize the CDS Department to release information to NYSED.
Program Code/Name: 03843 – Communicative Disorders and Sciences
Certificate Title and Type: Speech and Language Disabilities – Initial Certificate
Upon submission of the online application and receipt of the checklist and required documentation in the CDS Department, the CDS Teacher Certification Officer will prepare the final audit of all teacher certification requirements and approve the online application.
A letter of verification of completion of the requirements for Teacher Certification may be requested from the Teacher Certification Officer for use with prospective employers.
Revised August 2008 by C.A. Sellers, G. Swartzenberg, and S. Mundier