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The OCM BOCES Regional Certification Office can be reached:

By phone
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:30 - 11:30 AM
  • phone:  (315) 433-2628
By mail
          OCM BOCES
          ATTN: Certification
          PO Box 4754
          Syracuse NY 13221-4754

By email:

Classroom Teachers and PPS Areas -  Experience Verification Form
Teaching Assistant Level II or III - Experience Verification Form
Mentored Experience - Verification Form
Superintendent Statement Request Form

If you reside or work in the OCM BOCES component district area you may wish to have us evaluate your application. Applications and materials that have been evaluated and submitted by Regional Certification Offices are given priority. 

For information on all NYSED approved workshop providers please visit:

The Regional Certification office is authorized to evaluate an applicant's credentials.  Applicants interested in obtaining NYS certification must submit an electronic application, official/original transcripts, and supporting documents.  The process must be completed online. Search Certification Requirements OR New York State Office of Teaching  

The certification areas that can not be evaluated through the Regional Certification office include ESOL, Interstate Reciprocity, Bilingual, Occupational Education, SDA, certificates for persons with foreign credentials or those who are not citizens of the U.S.  However, you may ask this office to forward all materials to the State Education Department.

In addition, candidates may directly contact the New York State Office of Teaching at:

Office of Teaching Initiatives
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave., 5N EB
Albany, New York 12234
Tel: (518) 474-3901
Mon - Fri,  9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Through the   system you can:

  • Create a TEACH account
  • Apply for a certificate
  • Check the status of your application(s)
  • View/update your profile
  • Search certification requirements
  • Update your certification registration status

Applicants from Other States
Applicants with Foreign Credentials
Coaching Licenses
NYS Teacher Certification Exams
NYSED CTLE Requirements
NYSED Registration Requirements
Office of Teaching Initiatives Website
Teaching Assistant Certificates



ocm boces

Christopher J. Todd
Interim District Superintendent

PO Box 4754
Syracuse, NY 13221
(315) 433-2600

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