the Regional Certification Office
The Jefferson Lewis BOCES Certification Office serves as
a regional office for the Office of Teaching Initiatives in the State Education
Department. The Regional Office provides
assistance, processes and approves* the online applications of candidates for
NYS certification in the areas of teaching assistant, teaching, pupil personnel
services and coaching. This service is
for those residing, working or attending school within the Jefferson Lewis or
St. Lawrence Lewis BOCES service area. The process must be completed online at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert. (*Final approval for certification is at the discretion
of the Office of Teaching Initiatives at NYSED.)
The certification areas that cannot be evaluated through
the Regional Certification Office include ESOL, Interstate Reciprocity,
Bilingual, Occupational Education, SDA, certificates for persons with foreign
credentials or those who are not citizens of the United States. However, you may ask this office to forward
all materials to the State Education Department on your behalf.
Be advised that your certification to work in the public
schools is your responsibility. Be sure
to know when your present certification will expire and what is required to
obtain the next level of your certification.
To be fair to all, all applications are handled in the
order they are submitted, paid for and all proper documentation is
received. Lack of planning only creates
stress for you. You will still have to
wait for the application to appear in the work queue, and for the evaluator to
then review and process the applications. Once this material is evaluated and if the candidate meets the New York
State certification requirements, the recommendation for certification is
forwarded to the State Education Department. When an individual does not meet requirements, a formal evaluation of
the applicant’s credentials showing specific deficiencies is provided by the
Appointments are recommended. You can make an appointment for our Watertown Office by calling (315)779-7020
or our Canton office by calling (315) 386-4504 (x10158) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transcripts and other pertinent materials should be
Jefferson Lewis BOCES
20104 State Route 3
Watertown, N.Y. 13601
Ways to Prevent Delays in the Certification Process
college transcripts must be sent to the entity you choose to review your
application. Without official
transcripts, we cannot evaluate for coursework or for your degree status. If your transcripts have transfer coursework
on them, you must also request a transcript from the college you took the
Make sure your transcripts are in your current name. Many colleges do not have SS#’s on their transcripts
and we have no way of linking a transcript to the proper certificate
application without the correct name.
Please update your information in your “Personal Profile”
in TEACH regularly. It is important that
we have a current name, phone number, mailing address and email address.
Please update your paid working experience in TEACH if
you are applying for a Professional or Permanent certificate.
If applying via Interstate Reciprocity, you must send
official transcripts as well as a copy of your current teaching license (front
and back). If the back is blank, please
write “this side blank” so it is known.
To view pertinent information on Fingerprinting, NYS
mandated workshops, exams, professional development and links to important
internet resources for certification, please log onto www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert
and refer to the Topics A to Z link.