This week the State Education Department opened the new online registration system required of all certified classroom teachers and Level III teaching assistants working in public schools and BOCES. The process is being done through the TEACH system. SED this week sent notification emails to the addresses they already have in the TEACH system to alert certificate holders of the new requirement.
As part of the process, registrants will be asked questions about child support and a series of moral character questions. SED says the child support questions are required by the state general obligations law and must be asked of all registrants. The moral character questions are currently asked of all licensed professionals looking to register or re-register with the state. NYSUT objected to the inclusion of these questions in the new registration process because the law did not specifically include a provision calling for these questions. SED decided to move forward based on the requirements for the other professions. Here are screen shots of the registration pages.
For more information about the new system, see NYSUT’s updated certification page.
To log in to your TEACH account, go to http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/. If you can’t remember if you’ve ever logged in, or can’t remember your password, you can enter the home email address that is associated with your account to receive a password reset notification.
Still having problems? If you can’t remember what email is associated with your account or if the associated email is out of date (my problem), you can contact NYSED by email form or call the help line here. I had this problem and called the help line to reset my email. Although I had to wait on hold for 20 minutes, they processed my request quickly and I was able to access my account easily after the call.
Although NYSED is asking people to wait until their birth month to register your certificate, you may be able to do so early. I was told that the window for registration will be open 3 months at a time. So, teachers born in July, Aug, and September should be able to register now.