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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                  

From November 30, 2020 through January 25, 2021, the Teacher Certification Office will be conducting all business remotely. Staff will be available by email from 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Please email the Teacher Certification Office if you have questions or would like to speak with someone. Be sure to include your full name, BANNER#, phone number, and a description of your certification situation/questions with all email inquiries.

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