New Teacher Licensing Process
Section 5002(6) of the Education Law and Part 126.6 of the Commissioner’s Regulations address the requirements for instructors in proprietary schools.
Legislation has passed, which will change the way that proprietary school instructors are licensed. The biggest change is that teachers will be licensed to specific certification areas, based upon requirements for those areas. Currently, only registered business school teachers are licensed in this way. Licensed private (trade) teacher and restricted business teacher licenses are tied to specific programs taught at specific schools.
BPSS staff has reviewed current licensing processes and has proposed teacher certification areas for implementation. In addition, BPSS is currently building an online application system, so that instructors may apply for licensure electronically.
In preparation for these changes, BPSS is reaching out to the schools for input. This will be done in stages, listed below:
- Stage 1: Determine Teacher Certification Areas (, 33KB, 8pp)
- Stage 2: Determine Requirements for Specific Certification Areas
- Stage 3: Write Regulations that Reflect the New Requirements
- Stage 4: Build Online Application Process
March 13, 2012:
BPSS requests that schools take a few minutes to review the certification areas, and to let us know if your school has approval to teach areas not listed. Please contact us with comments, questions and suggestions via e-mail at: BPSSDEV@mail.nysed.gov. Once the certification areas have been finalized, the requirements will be posted for further input. Please watch this page for periodic updates.
September 7, 2012:
The Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision, in conjunction with industry professionals, has created draft career school instructor requirements. These requirements are for the permit level only. The requirements for both provisional and full licenses will be incorporated into the process, with the second draft.
Please note that previous registered business teacher requirements will remain in effect for those courses that are part of larger programs of study. For career programs, the licensed private school requirements are generally being adopted, with a few minor amendments:
- In the columns dedicated to “Experience” – specific work experience is indicated. This is a clarification from the previous requirement of work experience “in the field.”
- In the columns dedicated to “Additional Requirements/Certification” – requirements beyond baseline education and experience are listed. This allows BPSS to indicate where specific professional certifications or additional coursework is needed to complete the permit level requirements. It also simplifies the incorporation of previous registered business teacher requirements into this process.
The Bureau requests that schools thoroughly review the certification areas and requirements. Please contact us via e-mail at: BPSSDEV@mail.nysed.gov with the following, no later than October 15, 2012:
- Any career program that your school HAS APPROVED and is not listed, so that we can include them in the second draft.
- Questions/concerns/thoughts/comments on the requirements listed.
BPSS will compile all previous and future inquiries to be addressed, and will plan discussion sessions prior to releasing the second draft. Please review both the BPSS Development and Cutting Edge News pages for periodic updates.