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The Teacher Certification Office:

  • Serves teacher candidates, faculty, administration, and the community as a resource for all topics relating to NYS teacher certification
  • Recommends Buffalo State graduates to the New York State Department of Education for teacher certification after they have completed an approved teacher preparation program
  • Verifies program completion for graduates applying for out-of-state certification

Certification Officer: Patricia A. Recchio
Administrative Assistant I: Mary E. Codick

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 
9 AM - 4 PM (by appointment)

Chase Hall 222
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 878-6121                  

The Teacher Certification office is open with regular hours, but rotating in-person staffing.  Please email the Teacher Certification Office if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to speak with someone. Include your full name, BANNER#, phone number, and a description of your certification situation/questions with all email inquiries.

To enter the office, you must be wearing a mask.  Visitors will be allowed in the entry area near the door. Follow the informational signage and feel free to use the drop-box in the entry for submitting completed forms. Please remember to keep at least 6 ft of distance between you and any other person in the office/building at all times.

Admission of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions Policy

All teacher education programs include a clinical/field component. If you have been convicted of a felony, your criminal history record may impede your ability to complete this program and/or become a NYS certified teacher. Please review the Buffalo State policy.




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Teacher Certification

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Chase Hall 222
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6121