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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. In-person appointments and drop-ins are allowed, but we are working to limit contact and complete as much business as possible virtually. It is preferred that all potential visitors first call or email to schedule an appointment. Please email the Teacher Certification Office if you have questions or would like 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 reception station. 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 6ft 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