Teacher Registration: Update

Hope you all are enjoying the first week of Summer vacation. I hate to let school business intrude on that, but I need to share a couple of updates regarding the mandatory registration that goes into effect this year.

As you know, ALL certified teachers in New York State must register with NYSED and renew their registration every five years. (There are also additional requirements relating to PD hours for some teachers. See the full NYSUT fact sheet for more details)

Here’s what’s new:

  • NYSED is still requesting that teachers register during the month of their birthday so the system does not get overwhelmed, but it will let you register at any time.
  • The system was supposed to go live July 1st, but it is open right now if you want to register today. (In theory that could change if the system gets overwhelmed).
  • The deadline for registering is still the end of your birthday month, but NYSUT got NYSED to waive the late fee. All the same, we recommend that you get it done by the deadline.
  • As part of the registration process, you will have to answer seven moral character questions. If you’d like to preview the questions, I’ve posted them here.) You’ll also have to answer a question about whether or not you are responsible for child support.

Finally, it took me a few minutes to figure out how to get to the registration page, so I created a cheat sheet to help you navigate the site.

Rob Verbeck
SWRTA Corresponding Secretary

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