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
Monday through Friday
9 AM - 4 PM (by appointment)
Chase Hall 222
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
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: https://deanofstudents.buffalostate.edu/admission-persons-prior-felony-convictions.